News of a possible Alfa 4C GTA prototype debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March was dug up by the guys at Autoblog.gr, and now further developments indicate that we could possibly see this model earlier, debuting on February 14. On publishing the rumour, the Greek blog was contacted by their local Fiat Group Hellas, who requested the removal of the post until February 14.
That’s been enough to generate further speculation that we could receive more than just chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Taken with a grain of salt at the moment, is the news that the 4C concept could be the next evolution of the gorgeous 2uettottanta produced by Pininfarina, and that went on show last year in Geneva. It was developed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, and since then we haven’t heard anything about eventual production plans or not.
The more accredited version of the Alfa 4C GTA that we’ll be seeing is that it will use the carbon fibre chassis of the KTM X-Bow, and that eventually an Abarth coupé will also be developed off the same platform. The engine of choice rumoured so far is the 1750 TBi, which Abarth could take to 265 hp. We’ll be waiting for either February or March for further information, but look forward to checking out another hot Alfa model, most likely in red (we hope), at Geneva….
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).
These live pics of the Pininfarina 2uettottanta Concept really show off the cuttlefish-bone design of the historic Alfa Duetto, and true Alfa fans can only hope in their hearts that this could be the forerunner to a Duetto revival. It’s a truly striking concept from Pininfarina, which celebrates both Alfa’s 100th anniversary and Pininfarina’s 80th and one which could polarise viewers. As a concept car, we love it, but we can only imagine that if any Alfa Duetto production version were to emerge from this project, we could see the style toned down a little.