• Jul 2, 2007
click above image for more pics of the Castagna Milano

One of the most exciting recent developments in the industry, by this writer's account at least, is the re-emergence of the coachbuilding industry. Cars like the Fisker Latigo and Zagato Ferrari 575 GTZ have heralded a revival of the long-lost segment that inherently gives birth to some of the most unique automobiles on the road. It was only a matter of time until the Italians picked up where they left off by crafting unique Corvette-based sportscars.

Italian coachbuilder Castagna Milano, originally founded way back in the 1850s and revived in the 1990s, has created a number of bespoke models, including the Imperial Landaulet concept and a slew of custom Minis. The carrozzeria's latest offering, the Castagna Aznom, was previewed in skeletal form back in April at Monaco's Top Marques show, and the firm has now released further details and images.

Based on the Corvette Z06, the Aznom also draws on retro Corvette styling elements, blended with thoroughly modern design features to create a heart-stopping supercar. The egg-crate grille is drawn from the original '53 Vette, slab-sided flanks from the '58 Stingray and fenders from the '56 SR-2 Sebring race car. On the contemporary side of things, LED rear lights, retracting rear wing, three-section rear diffuser and F1-style fender-mounted carbon-fiber wing mirrors round out the design. Those sharp five-spoke wheels measure 20 inches, shod in 285/30 and 335/30 Pirelli PZero rubber front and rear respectively, housing 356mm cross-drilled discs with six-pot calipers fore and 340mm discs with 4-pot calipers aft. The cockpit even features a Google Earth-powered sat-nav system.

Whether you love or hate the unique styling, the Aznom has the "go" to back up the "show". Castagna has thoroughly massaged the Z06's 7-liter V8 from 500 horsepower to a whopping 750, and with the use of carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium bodywork, has trimmed the weight down to 1,400 kg. With that magical formula of more power and less weight, the carrozzeria puts the performance figures at 0-60 in a scant 3.4 seconds on its way to a claimed top speed of 217 mph.

[Source: Italiaspeed]




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      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      When will these jokers just give up and go back to making Vespas and pizzas?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the Yugo would have looked like if it had evolved into a sports car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another Homer Simpson design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not really big on the styling, not bad, but not the best. Also, for an extra 250hp it doesn't go any faster (0-60) than the current Z06 which is rated at 3.5 seconds for 0-60. I expected better for acceleration, although it looks like it goes about 19mph faster than the Z06.

      Is thing thing just a design concept or actually something for sale?
        • 7 Years Ago
        OMG you're right. That .2 seconds makes it a horrible vehicle and only fat lazy americans would drive one because we can never compete with a great exotic. For a quarter of the price, I'd settle for .2 seconds. Besides, most of that is based on the driver. But good lord man, calm your ass down. All I did was make a simple freaking statement and you start going off on me like the world's coming to a f**king end. CALM DOWN!!
      Christopher Watts
      • 7 Years Ago
      uhhh...whuut?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the first time I've ever thought "I'd rather have a Corvette".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Could we say this is the ugliest car of the sport cars history?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Weber, man. Weber. Search Autoblog for it...if you dare. A word of warning...don't look directly AT the Weber. Just sorta catch it in the corner of your vision.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow...this car is so ugly I actually find it attractive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this is just ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice that "Aznom" is "Monza" backwards?

      Doesn't change anything though...
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