Coachbuilder Zagato and automaker Alfa Romeo began their collaboration way back in 1921, and have created over 150 stunning models in the ensuing years. To celebrate the two Italian institutions’ century-long partnership, Zagato began work on a one-off Alfa Romeo model last year, and the final product has now been unveiled.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia SWB Zagato began its life as a manual Giulia Quadrifoglio with a V6 engine, Zagato then designed a unique shortened two-door Coupé body in carbon fibre. The one-off model was also upgraded to the latest GTAm specifications while retaining its 6-speed mechanical gearbox, meaning the twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 engine now pushes 533 bhp and 600 Nm of torque.
The design of the special Giulia SWB Zagato also takes cues from its new owner. The German Zagato customer showed interest during the early stages of the project, and as an avid Alfa Romeo collector, he regularly drives a 1990 Alfa Romeo S.Z, so the front end of the new car features a 3+3 headlamp design that can be found on the 1990s SZ as well as the latest Tonale, while the rear is crafted with Zagato’s signature ‘truncated tail’. The two humps on the roof — another iconic element of the brand — have been reworked for aerodynamic efficiency without affecting interior ergonomics. The interior is also filled with carbon fibre, and shares the exterior’s green and black colour palette.
It’s also worth mentioning that some of these images were shot on the ‘La Pista’ circuit in Arese, bringing the new Giulia SWB back to the birthplace of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ and Giulia TZ.