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Zagato delivers the Iso Rivolta GTZ, the tribute to the iconic A3 model

The Milanese Atelier delivered the first Iso Rivolta GTZ.
The design of this new Gran Turismo is inspired by the A3 model presented by Iso Rivolta in 1963 and has become a sporting icon, thanks to its class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964 and 1965, but also a lifestyle icon, in the “berlinetta stradale” version delivered – among others – to the French actor and singer Johnny Halliday, the stage name of
Jean-Philippe Smet.

While the Hypercar Vision GT – requested in 2017 by Sony for the market-leading video game “Gran Turismo” – intended to reintroduce the Iso Rivolta brand among over 100 million Playstation players, many of them Millennials, the GTZ intends to awake the passion of collectors. The famous American designer Mike Robinson described the A3 line as a forerunner of some of the most beautiful and significant models of the following years, like the 1966 Lamborghini Miura and the 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.

Limited to just 19 units and designed with a Neoclassical approach, the GTZ underneath is a Corvette Z06, therefore it has an American “heart” and an Italian style thank to Zagato body. After its world premiere in June with the “Concours Virtual 2020”, the first virtual exhibition in history, organised by Hot House Media, here is the delivery of the first GTZ, in Monza Green.

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A car capable of combining design and performance. The bodywork is composed of just two main elements made of carbon fibre to contain the weight and ensure a sculptural, uninterrupted, design. The Iso Rivolta GTZ has been conceived to be a high performance car but at the same time intuitive. The aim is to provide unique driving pleasure for both everyday use and when the wish to hit the gas comes out, to enjoy the 660HP and 881Nm of torque. The engine is the Corvette V8 LT4 6.2-litre supercharged, capable of reaching 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and 315 Km/h.

Prior to delivery of the first car in Lucerne, 9 out of 19 multiples had already been ordered.

No one better than Marella Rivolta can describe her brand and this project: “The GTZ was born as a tribute to my grandfather Renzo – who I never knew having missed before I was born and from which, in the family, they say I inherited its temperament, and so I hope his qualities. He was passionate about racing first, in motorboating and then in motorbikes, and a car like the A3 to race at La Mans reflected his passion. So this first project has a lot of heart, hoping to have made him proud of me!”

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Celebrating 115 years of Carrozzeria Garavini, the brand sees its rediscovery and relaunch in the world of cars, design and elegance.

At Garavini, craftsmanship, manufacture and uniqueness come together to create works of art on wheels that go beyond the concept of a simple means of transport to become symbols of passion and refinement.

115 years after its foundation, the company has decided to start again with the Alfa Romeo 4C, in the 10th anniversary year of the model’s presentation, in collaboration with the IAAD in Turin. This partnership between the historic brand and the design institute represents an opportunity to create a high-end sports car that combines outstanding Italian aesthetics with the best technologies.

Poltu Quatu immediately turned out to be the ideal location for the premiere of the project, thanks to the famous Concours d’Elegance which, as the perfect combination of worldliness, elegance and the joy of living the dolce vita, allows the meeting from all over the world of those enthusiasts who, more than anyone else, can appreciate the value and style of a vision such as Garavini’s.

The project takes its inspiration from the 1930s Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 by Garavini, the star of the Italian Dolce Vita and the birth of the classic car movement in Italy. The Garavini Perenne represents an extraordinary sports car that combines the Italian tradition of elegance and style with innovation and high quality craftsmanship. Garavini’s tribute to the model, the 4C, which, with its debut 10 years ago, decreed the real relaunch of Alfa Romeo, is no coincidence: symbolic value, as happens in all valuable initiatives, has a decisive weight in the conception and realisation of unique products.

The soul of the project is Luca Babbini, a young entrepreneur with experience in research and development for various industries, in particular the automotive industry. Babbini’s path, which started at IAAD and has been refined through subsequent collaborations, has always been linked to a passion for luxury, not so much as a material passion, but derived from the emotion that an object or an experience conveys.

“When I crossed Garavini’s path,” explains Luca Babbini, Garavini Design Director, “with family origins and values that can be traced back to mine, I thought it was a sign: the awareness of this affinity has allowed us to give life to a new chapter, a reality in which passion for craftsmanship, luxury and family heritage come together. The Garavini Perenne will be an opportunity to enhance the Turin area but in an international key, thanks to the freshness and desire to do that only a young team, such as that of Garavini and that of the IAAD master’s degree course in Transportation Design, can guarantee.”

On 8 July on the occasion of the Poltu Quatu Classic, a preview of the concept on which the students of the IAAD master’s course in Transportation Design are working, reasoning and declining the Garavini values of elegance and attention to detail, aimed at creating a modern classic with a first series of 15 examples, which aspires to become a timeless model, a source of inspiration for the present and the future. The lines are classic, inspired by a sporty use that smells of fresh air and speed. Driving pleasure is at the heart of the design with a set-up dedicated to usability on the road as well as on the track.

Again Luca Babbini: ‘The valorisation of young people is a key aspect of the project: it always seems, in the common narrative, that unreachable challenges and moments of continuous crisis await us, but the future is full of opportunities and style and beauty are not a closed chapter. The creation of new classics is the true ambition of a project, which looks to the future aware of its past but with the confidence that it can still make a difference. The Turin area, then, is rich in excellent craft realities with which to create synergies and develop a true pole of high craftsmanship. There is nothing to stop us from looking beyond the automotive field and broadening the declination of our values with incursions into other sectors… in short, there is a lot to build on, and the Garavini lifestyle begins today with Garavini Perenne.

The result of this partnership is a high-end compact sports car with a sculptural aesthetic design. Garavini is committed to satisfying a discerning international audience that appreciates the art of automotive design and Italian craftsmanship. The ability to excite both long-time enthusiasts and new customers is a challenge Garavini sets itself, aiming to create a fascinating and successful future for the brand.

The Garavini Perenne will be released in 2025.