It's achingly pretty.
After making its triumphant return to the US market, the Alfa Romeo brand's momentum has started to slow down. Releasing the Stelvio SUV was a godsend for sales but at the moment, the company lacks a true flagship. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is still on sale in the US after the coupe was discontinued but with just 237 horsepower and tap and limited sales, we think the company has room for another sports car.
Ugur Sahin Design, a design studio based in the Netherlands, has posted several of its interpretations of an Alfa Romeo sports car. The firm's latest creation is called the Alfa Romeo USD Barchetta and we think it is pretty enough to be put into production.
The USD Barchetta is a roofless speedster much like the Ferrari SP1 and SP2, Aston Martin V12 Speedster, and Bentley Bacalar. But unlike many of these other roofless creations, this Alfa Romeo has a low slung windshield for each of its two occupants. The design reminds us of old-school Le Mans race cars like the Aston Martin DBR1 and Jaguar D-Type.
Ugur Sahin Design has clearly attempted to blend an iconic design language with futuristic styling, creating a car that looks stunning. It looks unmistakably like an Alfa Romeo; with Quadrifoglio emblems on the fender and wheels, similar to what you'd find on a Giulia or Stelvio.
No specific drivetrains were mentioned when these designs were released but such a creation would require a very special power plant. Alfa Romeo's 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 540 horsepower would make the Barchetta quite fast but we think it could potentially be even better. The supposedly scrapped 8C successor was set to use a hybrid drivetrain producing over 700 hp, which we think would be the perfect drivetrain to use if the Barchetta was ever greenlit for production.