Usually design studies are some extremely futuristic models that incorporate some of the traditional styling elements of a certain automaker. This time, a young design student named Davide Varenna created a very interesting design study for the Stile Italiano Giovani 2010 organized by ANFIA. More precisely, the 20 year old design student created a modern day version of the legendary 1970s Alfa Romeo Montreal sports coupe.
The Alfa Romeo Montreal is a legendary model of the Italian automaker, but not necessarily by the number of units sold, but by the styling particularities, being a symbol of the Italian automaker back in the 1970s. The Alfa Romeo Montreal made its appearance in concept form at the 1967 Montreal Expo in Canada. Three years later, it hit production state, being sold until 1977 in a total of almost 4000 units. The name is extremely ironical, as the Alfa Romeo Montreal never made it in the Montreal showrooms in Canada.
The Alfa Romeo Montreal was designed by Marcello Gandini, a famous designer back then. Amongst other, he created the design for the Citroen BX, the Fiat X1/9, the Lancia Stratos, the Lamborghini Diablo, the Lamborghini Countach, the Lamborghini Miura and the first generation of the Maserati Quattroporte.
Having a rear wheel drive system and a five speed manual gearbox, the Alfa Romeo Montreal got its power from a 2.6 liter V8 engine with fuel injection that has an output of about 200 horsepower. The car had a two plus two seat layout.
The modern day Alfa Romeo Montreal design study created by the young Italian designer features many styling cues from the original Alfa Romeo Montreal, including the hood mounted NACA duct, the slats behind the doors, the shape of the side windows and doors as well as the deep headlights. Obviously, Davide Varenna added some finishing touches of his own.
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