Alfa Romeo’s Giulia SWB Zagato is a Celebratory, Neo-Retro One-Off V6 Stick Shift Coupe


What’s the best way to celebrate 100 years since the first collaboration of two Italian companies known for their stunning designs? A rebodied, only-one-in-the-world Giulia, of course. Alfa Romeo and Zagato revealed their latest creation, which also pays homage to models of their past.




With the Quadrifoglio variant as its canvas, the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 has been boosted to the specs of the better GTAm, and that means 533 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Completing the package is ZF’s six-speed manual transmission, a thing that the GTAm didn’t have. There is no 0-60 time nor a top speed number, but the GTAm takes 3 and a half seconds and goes up to 300 km/h. The SWB Giulia shouldn’t stray far from that; it could even be better.

A Visual Tribute



The coupe is an amalgamation of several Alfa-Zagato cars of the past – with the exception of the headlights. That’s from the new Tonale crossover. The carbon fiber body is essentially reminiscent of the SZ, without any of its blockiness. The menacing front end has the marque’s logo in white, and the double bubble, blacked-out roof flows down to the minimalistic yet classy rear end, complete with a curving taillight strip and the diffuser. On the side, it features small vents, as well as the Zagato and Quadrifoglio badges. We see quite a bit of other cars as well – the overall shape of the MkV Supra, the middle-dip roof of the new A110, and the taillight, which reminds us of the TVR Sagaris, though the shape is much more of Alfa’s TZ3.



The short wheelbase in its name isn’t referring to its bodystyle, the Italians have actually cut part of its chassis. It’s also worth mentioning that it has center-lock wheels. As you would expect, Zagato is in charge of its exterior, helped by Alejandro Mesonero, head of Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, along with his design team.



You’ll find that the dash is still Giulia, but with more carbon fiber; found on the Zagato-branded bucket seats and door cards. Other than that, it’s a black and dark green palette, black on the leather and the green for its highlights, which includes the stitching and parts of the interior. Everything else is much like the sedan.


There isn’t a price tag, for it already has an owner; a German enthusiast of Alfa Romeos, who reportedly has quite a lot of notable models in his collection. Zagato and Alfa Romeo’s latest piece was delivered to its buyer right after a photoshoot round Arese’s “La Pista” circuit. We assume his latest addition to the garage is quite the bank-breaker, being a one-off that celebrates 100 years of the most sophisticated Italian automotive designs.



p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Alfa Romeo/Zagato)

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