Alfa Romeo TZ3: Lighter Than A Lotus, Sexier Than An 8C

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This one-off Alfa Romeo TZ3 was purpose-built by Zagato as a gentleman's racer. The rakish kamback profile is based on classic Alfa racers, but performance is totally modern thanks to its weight: just 1,870 lb.


That weight is achieved by a tubular carbon fiber frame covered by a hand-formed aluminum body. The mid-front-mounted engine is Alfa's 420 HP, 4.2-liter V8, which may not sound like a huge amount of power but is enough to propel the featherweight supercar - 187 Lbs lighter than a Lotus Exige - to 60 MPH in less than 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 187 MPH.

Zagato says it built the car, commissioned by wealthy German collector Martin Kapp, to celebrate 100 years of successful racing collaborations with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and other Italian manufacturers, finding influence for this new car in the classics included in the above gallery.

Here's the full specs:

Curb Weight - 850 kg
Wheelbase - 2500 mm
Front: 1622 mm
Rear: 1617 mm
Length - 4345 mm
Height - 1200 mm
Width - 1944 mm
Seating Capacity - Driver + Co-driver

Configuration - V8, dry sump
Displacement - 4200 cc
Power - 420HP Manual adjustable engine calibration

Drive train
Gearbox - 6 speed sequential "tractive"
Suspensions - Ohlins Push road
Front: 245/645 "18 – Slick 640
Rear: 285/645 "18 – Slick 650

Layout - Front/Mid Engine - Rear Drive
Frame - Carbon fiber Monoshell +Carbon fiber arms
Body - Hand Made aluminium body

0 – 100km/h - sub 3.5 sec
Max Speed - over 300 km/h


Jonathan Harper

Zagato is so cool.

I've been lucky enough to ride in a Zagato 575 GTZ hitting triple digit speeds. So awesome.