Published on 09 Mar 2010 by Alison
Pininfarina celebrates 80 years with the Pininfarina 2uettotanta Concept presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The concept is based on, and inspired by, the old Alfa Duetto spider model; a situation which has now given hope that a Duetto revival is on the cards. The 2uettotanta is also a homage to Alfa Romeo, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The concept measures 421 x 180 x 128 cm and has a wheel base of 250 cm. It is based on the old cuttlebone design, giving it a dynamic and sporty look. The classic Alfa Romeo front is not missing, with air intakes and wings for aerodynamics, and a front carbon splitter. The interior suggests a driver-oriented experience, taking the Duetto steering wheel and combining it with steering wheel paddles for the dual clutch transmission.
Other features include Alfa style wheels, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Alfa DNA selector. Aside from the technology, the thing that really gets your heart fluttering is the amazing Pininfarina design on one of its favourites, Alfa Romeo. It’s a partnership that dates back to the 30’s, with the cabrio 6C 1750 Gran Sport and the Spider Sport Aerodinamico. The post-war years saw 88 cabriolets produced: the 1900 C Sprint. (Video and more after the jump).
But the peak of Pininfarina-Alfa Romeo collaboration was the Giulietta Spider which first appeared in the US before being brought to Europe. The future of the Pininfarina company was secured with 17,000 Giulietta models and 10,000 Giulia models produced, and the famous Duetto, which first appeared in 1966 at the Geneva show, to be made by Pininfarina until 1993. It’s all down to convincing Sergio Marchionne that a new Alfa Romeo Duetto could be produced off the back of this Pininfarina 2uettotanta, even though he had signalled production end of the current Alfa Spider. Here’s hoping 2010 sees a new Alfa-Pininfarina model appear…