Alfa-Inspired Zagato TZ3 Corsa May Enter Production on Dodge Viper Platform

The Zagato TZ3 Corsa sports car may be heading to production, but its underpinnings will prove a huge shock to Alfa Romeo fans. The car’s retro design was meant to honor the brand’s Italian heritage, yet a report from Germany’s AutoBild says a production TZ3 Corsa could use the chassis and engine of a Dodge Viper SRT10.

The TZ3 Corsa, which debuted as a custom one-off design at the Ville d’Este Concours in Italy last year, originally used Alfa Romeo mechanicals borrowed from the 8C Competizione. Fitting, considering the TZ3 was commissioned by Alfa Romeo collector Martin Knapp to honor Alfa’s 100th anniversary, and took its styling cues from the historic Alfa Romeo TZ and TZ2 race cars.

The TZ3 Corsa design study used a 4.2-liter V-8 producing 420 horsepower, a carbon fiber frame, and an aluminum body. If the car does go into limited production by using the Viper chassis, the TZ3 will end up with an 8.4-liter V-10 engine that, in the Viper, produced 600 horsepower.

Dodge will introduce a new iteration of the Viper sometime in 2012, but as Zagato reportedly plans to introduce a production TZ3 by “early 2012”, we don’t expect the TZ3 to co-opt parts from the next-gen Viper.

Although the Fiat merger has brought the Dodge and Alfa Romeo brands closer than ever, is an Alfa-bodied Viper suitable or sheer sacrilege? Send us your thoughts in the comments section below.


Mark ViperGTS
Dodge showed us owners new 2012 Viper. NOT even close to Alfa, NOT based on, NO relation. and Viper transmission NOT ever fall apart, like Vette version Did. no need girly 'stuff', Viper hand built and bullet proof for 11+ years now. ( 00 GTS ) . Only sissies get 'beat up' in Real sports cars. Drive cross country, never a problem.
Europe's getting lazy - let Dodge do the engineering and just slap a different body on it.....
I love the body work of this TZ3 but on a Viper chassis and a with a Dodge engine; that indeed is sacrilegious! This has nothing to do with a Viper being good or bad it's just not an Alfa.
The Viper will still be in production, also this thing is ugly as sin. Why would you need room for "stuff" in a sports car? There has never been (that I have heard) issues of anything falling apart on a Viper other than the T56 transmission. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!
Perhaps, just perhaps, if the original Viper looked like this TZ3 Corsa, it might still be in production! especially since the TZ3 is a hatchback (room for stuff), has a much more sexy exterior (its Italian!), and is probably screwed together better (no comment), and would not beat you up driving on anything less than brand new macadam. Just sayin....

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