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1996 Alfa Romeo Nuvola: Idea We Forgot

The TVR from Italy historical past has forgotten.

Identify: Alfa Romeo Nuova (after Italian racing driver Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari)

Debuted: 1996 Paris Motor Present

Specs: twin-turbo 2.5-liter V6 engine with 296 horsepower and 285 pound-feet (386 Newton-meters), six-speed handbook gearbox, all-wheel drive, 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) in 6 seconds, 174 mph (280 kph) prime velocity, polyester physique

Why We Keep in mind It Now:

Not solely as a result of it was formed just about like a TVR, however it was Alfa Romeo’s attention-grabbing try at reviving the glory days of coachbuilders.

Having seen the leaked picture of the yet-to-be-launched GTV, we figured it’s the suitable time to have a look again at one other two-door sports activities coupe from Alfa Romeo. Extremely uncommon, the Nuvola was pinned by the corporate’s Centro Stile led at the moment by none apart from famend automotive designer Walter de Silva. He created the unique Audi R8, to not point out the attractive Lamborghini Miura idea and the wild one-seater Egoista idea. He was additionally the person behind the stunning Alfa Romeo 156 and a plethora of different fashions from the Volkswagen Group.

Getting again to the Nuvola at hand, it was envisioned with an extended hood and a closely sloped roofline ending with a brief rear in the identical vein as sports activities vehicles from TVR. The idea served as a preview of Alfa Romeo’s new styling method, which debuted the next yr with the 156. On the identical time, the one-off automobile proposed an attention-grabbing concept. The Italian model envisioned the Nuvola as a resurrection of the coachbuilt automotive, with the automaker offering the rolling chassis for an unbiased firm to create the physique after which promote the automobile by means of Alfa Romeo sellers.

Doing so would’ve been doable due to a modular house body chassis capable of accommodate just about any kind of physique type, from the Nuvola’s modern coupe form to a extra sensible capturing brake. Sadly, it by no means occurred, and the two-door, two-seater sports activities automotive with its polyester physique and absolutely built-in bumpers remained purely an idea.

You’ll be able to try the 1996 Nuvola within the metallic by visiting the Alfa Romeo Historic Museum in Arese, Italy.

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