Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta – Pininfarina’s Final Design
After a lifetime of designing cars Sergio Pininfarina died this summer. He was 86 years old. It goes without saying he was a remarkable car designer. He influenced the entire auto industry with the class and refinement every one of his designs. And one of his final concepts for Alfa Romeo was the 2uettottanta. To avoid any confusion, its pronounced Duet-o-tanta and it was designed to emulate the Duetto Spider from the 1960’s. Its equipped with a turbocharged 1.7 liter four cylinder engine producing 232 horsepower and a top speed of 155mph.
The Alfa Romeo 2uettotanta is roughly the size of a Mazda MX5. But of course the two cars are nowhere near being in the same class. The 2uettottanta is focused on the Audi TT and the Porsche Boxter as competitors. It is apparently incredibly comfortable to drive and the aerodynamics of the car are of such superior design that in 2010 after the 2uettottanna was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show it was awarded Car Design of the Year.
The car is a stunner and is essentially Pininfarina’s final designs. The most puzzling part is why Alfa Romeo is sitting on the design. There has been no word of it going into production and it has left everyone baffled, especially the Alfa Romeo enthusiasts with $60K burning a hole in their pocket to buy this car. The question begs to be asked. Why go to the bother of paying an illustrious designer such as Sergio Pininfarina to create a car for you and never bother to produce the damn thing? Especially now that he’s died. There hasn’t even been a hint of the car coming in the next few years. No teasing suggestions that we may see it on the road before the decade is out. It’s almost like Alfa Romeo has decided to selfishly keep this gem, this final product of Pininfarina’s life’s work, all to themselves. And it seems more than some selfish and shameful act. It seems downright criminal. It’s like they’re stealing from us in way.
It is a car that comes with no roof. It is a two seater. It is a car that comes during a brutal economic downturn. And for these three reasons Alfa Romeo may be holding off on taking it into production just yet. This is about the only thing we can hold on to for now. The problem is that Alfa Romeo hasn’t said anything like this. In fact they haven’t said anything at all.
Its okay they want to wait. They’d just better not wait too long.
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