Zagato to build Viper-based Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale

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

Milanese coachbuilder and design house Zagato is known for some unspeakably beautiful works of rolling art. The Perana Z-One and Fiat 500 Coupe are two recent examples that have caught our eye, but even Zagato managed to out-do itself with the stunning TZ3 Corsa.

Unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este nearly a year ago, the TZ3 stands as Zagato's continuation of a line that started in the 1960s with the TZ1 and TZ2 specials, which remain collectors' favorites to this day. The TZ3 was commissioned by a private customer and was set to be a one-off, but the latest reports from Europe suggest that Zagato is preparing to roll out a limited production run of street versions – which could have been what Zagato was hinting at with its holiday greetings.

Dropping the race-specific Corsa designation, the TZ3 Stradale would not be, as the concept car was, based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Instead, its borrow its underpinnings would reportedly be borrowed from the Dodge Viper, no doubt facilitated by the fact that Alfa and Dodge are under common management these days. The Viper's 8.4-liter V10 engine would reportedly be part of the mix as well, tuned to deliver as much as 612 horsepower, making this one report we hope comes to fruition... and to our driveways.

UPDATE: Zagato has confirmed to Autoblog the development of the project, as the second step that started with the pictured TZ3 Corsa one-off.

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