Alfa Romeo Berlina Da Corsa design study – Click above for a high-res image gallery
We've never made any attempt to hide our love of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, an exotic GT widely regarded as one of the most beautiful shapes the industry has put on the road in decades. But at the same time, we can't help but feel a little remiss that the Italian automaker has decided to replicate the 8C's design elements over the rest of its line at the expense of other design themes. Like the sharp lines of the 159 and Brera, set to be replaced on the upcoming Giulia with 8C-derived styling. Or this design study, recalling classic Alfa Romeos of yore, but with a modern twist.
The brainchild of South Korea's Hongik University Transportation Design graduate Seongjun Ko, the Berlina Da Corsa (racing sedan) borrows cues from 60's and 70's Alfas like the GT 1300 Junior and 1750 GTV, and there's even a little Lancia Stratos in the greenhouse. But the trick to the design is an adaptable roofline composed of flexible wires that, not unlike the BMW GINA concept, can change the shape of the roof to streamline for racing applications or adapt to accommodate rear-seat passengers. Unfortunately, the aggressive, almost Dodge Challenger-esque front end gives way to an awkward tail, but the idea isn't without merit. We just hope Alfa Romeo is paying attention. Check out the extensive renderings, models and sketches in the high-resolution gallery below and see for yourself.