The Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale is a Breathtaking Zagato-Kissed Viper ACR-X


Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale (Left) and Corsa (Right)

The legendary Italian coachbuilder Zagato unveiled the custom-built Zagato Centennial Coupe and Spyder last week in celebration of Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary, and the design left me a bit underwhelmed. I love whale sharks, but the exterior is a bit too reminiscent of the world’s largest fish to really hit the mark. Of course, I am obviously not the car’s target buyer, as both cars were commissioned by a couple of huge Aston fanatics, but Zagato’s work is hit or miss anyway. The same is true with Bertone, Pininfarina, or any other specialty studio. It happens.

An article at Mind Over Motor highlights the absolutely stunning Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale, a car that I had previously never heard of, and was also created to commemorate an automaker’s 100th birthday. While the TZ3 Corsa was a one-off based on the Alfa 8C Competizione, the Stradale version was based on the Dodge Viper ACR-X, and totaled nine production specimens. Its Kammback rear end and classic Zagato double bubble roof make for one hell of a limited-run supercar.


Corsa (Top) and Stradale (Bottom)

It’s not just the heart wrenching beauty of the sheetmetal that makes the TZ3 Stradale so lustworthy. Under the hood is the same 640hp 8.4L V10 that made its debut on the ACR-X; that particular Viper was created to run in the Dodge Viper Cup Series and was not street legal. In creating the Stradale, however, Zagato ditched all the aero bits that made the ACR-X track-only and instead focused on the body work. Indeed, in the original press release, Zagato refers to the Stradale as, “…a Design Exercise. It is not a race car.”

Only nine were ever made, so it was exceptionally uncommon for MOM to see one at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and the light blue color is especially striking. Other than the black trim under the headlights, the exterior is pretty much perfect.

Photos courtesy of Zagato


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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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