EXCLUSIVE: Alfa Romeo Bertone BAT 11 Concept Makes North American Debut!

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The Alfa Romeo Bertone BAT 11 may have evaded our lenses when it made an off-site debut at the Geneva Auto Show last March, but not this time. Now we've got the first live shots of the BAT 11 on American soil. The artfully-designed car was revealed today at the press event ahead of this weekend's 2008 Meadow Brook Concours D'Elegance. What's most impressive about this already amazing-to-look-at design concept is it's actually being considered for very limited production. Sounds totally plausible — it's built on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione — the same vehicle that saw it's North American debut at this very same spot at Meadowbrook last year and caused Wert to have an Alfa Romeo-gasm.

This motive force behind the car is BAT aficionado Dr. Gary Kaberle. Dr. Kaberle began his love of the series when he purchased one of the concepts at the tender age of 17. His original was sold to help pay for treatment for his wife when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After she passed away, he decided to build another one in honor of her. He's actually working on a book about his passion for the cars and the process of building this one, and much of the proceeds from his works will go to breast cancer research.

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@MajorKong: Great nick, but if you buy that car and end up running into my soda machine you're going to have to answer to the Coca Cola company, you prevert.

I'm just not a fan of most swoopy concept cars like this. The Alfa front end looks good, but it's almost patently Alfa, and front ends is something they always do well. The rest of the car looks like a villain car from one of the Batman movies with nipples on the armor.

Funny thing is, I could deal with curves like these if they were on a bike or a trike. But on a regular passenger car, no thank you.