The new Italian government has decided to sell around 151 non-essential executive cars used by government officials, the so-called “Auto Blu”, in an online auction on eBay. The first 25 vehicles have already been uploaded on the auction website, with all cars belonging to the Interior Ministry.
While outrageously powerful AC/Shelby Cobra kit cars are actually pretty common in their respective DIY niche, not all focus on quality and some are downright ridiculous.
You usually still end up spending more than you thought at first if you want a top notch example with a suitable V8 engine, big brakes, proper springs, dampers and suspension bits. An impressively fast example of one is the XCS Fusion 427 pitted by Autocar against a Jaguar XKR-S convertible.
If Alfa Romeo keeps procrastinating and delaying the launch of their revised range of cars, we will be forced to start writing jokes and make fun of them for not being able to start the "brand revival", until our pointy pleasantries get the job done and force them to launch the models, out of sheer shame.
So what is the latest piece of news from Alfa Romeo? Well, it’s what we've been getting for the last two years: more future plans, of the very detailed kind.
It's a story that we've heard again, and again, and again from the Fiat Group; re-launch and turn the Alfa Romeo brand into a global player in the premium segment.
Whether the Italians will to stick to the program remains to be seen, but given the recent developments with Maserati, including the introduction of the new Quattroprote and sightings of Ghibli prototypes, there's a good chance Fiat means it this time.
If you think about it, one of the few marques in Europe that has the dynamics, the name and history to truly compete against the dominant premium carmakers from Germany such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, in all categories and on a global scale, is Alfa Romeo. Which is probably why the VW Group has showed such an interest in the firm.
Too bad the Fiat Group never really allocated the sources or the time to rebuild and refocus the famed Italian brand as a real premium automaker.
In fact, last we heard, Sergio Marchionne has kicked the can down the road (again…) postponing Alfa Romeo's re-entry to the U.S. market and delaying many of its planned models like the 159 replacement.
But we're dragging away from our main story that is a design study from an old acquaintance of CarScoop, Italian designer Marco Procaccini, who sent us these renderings and a video of his newest project.
“What do you do when the power of an engine is no longer sufficient?” asks Stephan Lenior, the man behind Squadra Tuning, on his company’s website. While the solution for the majority would have been a heavily modified or perhaps a completely different engine altogether, for the owner of the Alfa Romeo tuning company based in Holland, the answer to that question was far more radical and complex.
To make a very long story short, Stephan’s solution to u the performance of his Alfa Romeo GTV V6 involved the fitment of a second six-cylinder engine at the back. Easier said than done of course, with the project turning out to be a rather complicated and time-consuming process.
Stephan documented the entire build on his company’s website and if our Google’s translation is correct (any help from our Dutch speaking readers would be appreciated, especially on the matter of the transmission), Stephan took a 3.2-liter V6 along with the sub frame and suspension bits from an Alfa Romeo 166 and placed them in the rear section of the Italian coupe. Together with the GTV’s front-mounted 3.0-liter V6, the two engines produce a combined output of 487-horsepower.
A total of 15 international students participated in the program creating nine different propositions: Ryu Seung-Wook (Korea), Gabriel Feyer (Brasil), Kostantinos Paradeisou (Greece), Ian Bunjak (Slovakia), Iulian Bumbu (Romania), Murat Atvur (Turkey), Adam Denning (USA), Mark Salerno (Australia), Tulay Engin (Turkey), James Edmund van der Merwe (South Africa), Artem Popkov (Russia), Franco Grassi (Italy), Alessandro Fiorentino (Italy) and Aleksej Ivaskievic (Russia). -See the Alfa 169 design proposals after the jump
We’ve no idea how close the renderings are to the final model, but to be honest, we’re pretty sure that Alfa’s designers will find a way to make us fall in love with the 169’s appearance. Question is, will Alfa’s engineers manage to do the same with the 169’s chassis and powertrain options? -More pics after the jumpVia: Infomotori