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Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa by Zagato – Click above for high-res image

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Zagato was planning to unveil a new Alfa Romeo at the upcoming Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Now the stoic Italian carrozzeria has released the first teaser image (above) and initial details of what it has in store for us.

The TZ3 Corsa follows in the footsteps of the original Alfa TZ and TZ2, drawing on some 90 years of collaboration between the two companies and commemorating Alfa's centenary. It's based on a carbon fiber tubular chassis overlaid with a lightweight aluminum body. But instead of a show car like the Pininfarina 2uettottanta and the Bertone Pandion that bowed in Geneva, the TZ3 Corsa is a full-on competition machine, commissioned by an unidentified German gentleman racer.

The overhead view looks strikingly similar to the 8C Competizione upon which it's based, and Zagato has released a handful of images of its historic Alfa racers – which you can view in the gallery below together with the press release after the jump – to mark the occasion. The most prestigious of open-air auto shows takes place this year from April 23-25, so stay tuned for more details.

[Source: Zagato]
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Milano, April 2010: Zagato Atelier announces the introduction of the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa at the XII Villa D'Este Concours d'Elegance.

The TZ3 Corsa is not a design exercise. It doesn't take inspiration only from the 90 year collaboration between the two brands, neither only from the Milanese link between Alfa Romeo and Zagato.

The TZ3 Corsa is a race car, honouring the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo's racing Heritage. It celebrates the men and machines of the Alfa Romeo Zagato common tradition: Scuderia Ferrari of 20's and 30's, Alfa Corse of 40's and 50's, Autodelta of 60's and 70's up to the latest Scuderia Zagato of 80's and 90's.

Commissioned by a German Alfa Romeo Zagato's Gentleman driver, the TZ3 Corsa is based on a mono shell carbon fibre tubular chassis, coupled with a tubular frame and a lightweight aluminium body.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great from the top-view!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Corsa means Racing in Italian, so I doubt this will be anything but a racing beast.
      I believe only the look is based on the 8C not the engineering.
      I bet Ferrari will supply the engine
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 8C Competizione also hinted at motorsports as well but has never had factory-supported racing. This will probably be first 8C variant that has real racing intentions.

        However, much like Zagato's recent GTZ, this will likely be a one-make race car that likely won't be raced, but rather collected by the wealthy individual who commissioned them.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I feel it is going to be Perana Z One rip off :(
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      awesome blog.i am really impresed by you...sir!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      wierd company. They build a fast car at unobtanium prices then they build all these other affordable cars none of which is sports car fast. Hard to be impressed especially given their heritage. Then again i may be totally clueless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because in this world, there are two types of people.

        Those who buy those expensive cars and then brag about them (therefore, those expensive cars don't have to be absolutely reliable because the owners don't do much driving).

        Then there are those people who buy these reliable, boring, cheap cars for daily driving and brag about their heritage.

        Though I wouldn't call the cheap Alfas boring - "exciting" things happen with these cars. :P

        Current '02 Spider owner
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not gonna be that fast or that great a driver being based on the 8C, but it sure looks like it's going to be one sexy mother f.........
      • 2 Years Ago