Zagato resurrects an Italian automaker you may not have heard of.
In recent years, Italian coachbuilding company Zagato has been closely associated with its Aston Martin collaborations that have resulted in such beauties as the Vantage V12 Zagato and the breathtaking DBS GT Zagato. But while the Aston Martin badge needs no introduction, Zagato's latest project involves the lesser-known Italian automaker IsoRivolta that closed down back in 1974.
Once popular in the 1950s and 60s, the new IsoRivolta GTZ announced by Zagato is a tribute to Iso's A3/C from 1963. It should prove an interesting alternative to other mega Italian GTs like the Ferrari 812 Superfast, provided you can still get your hands on one.
Described as a Gran Turismo, the GTZ is limited to a mere 19 units and nine of those have already been accounted for. We're sure you'll agree that its all-carbon body reeks of Italian exotica, and we wouldn't have been surprised to see the same car with a Maserati badge on it.
The stylistic links to the A3 (the IsoRivolta, not the Audi) are clear, however, with a flat and low hood. At the back, there are quad circular taillight clusters, a styling feature shared with the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It's under the hood that US enthusiasts will sit up and take note because the GTZ uses none other than a 6.8-liter supercharged V8 engine derived from the Corvette Z06, with its displacement increased in this case.
This engine choice wasn't made on a whim, since the original Iso Grifo - from which the A3/C was derived - also used Chevrolet mechanicals. Why use the Z06 C7 Corvette as a mechanical base instead of the newer C8? Well, the mid-engined layout from the C8 simply wouldn't have been compatible with the design aspirations of the GTZ.
Zagato states that there are over 4,500 IsoRivolta club members and owners around the globe, and for them, the GTZ will be a truly special return for the Italian brand. The GTZ's price has not yet been announced, but first deliveries are expected in October.