Pininfarina’s latest concept reveal at the Geneva Motor Show is an important celebration for both the 80th anniversary of the firm, and the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo. The quizzically named 2uettottanta concept is Pininfarina’s vision for how a next-generation Alfa Spider should look.
The 2uettottanta represents the culmination of an age-old partnership between the two Italian firms, and pays tribute to the iconic 60s-era Duetto roadster. The new two-seat spider not only maintains the cuttlebone design, but it even maintains some similar measurements. Though at 1797mm it is a full 170mm wider than the original, the new car measures 4213mm long by 1280mm high, about 40mm x 15mm less than the first version.
Pininfarina would like to see a 1750 cc longitudinal-mount turbocharged engine installed. The company chose this engine size as an homage to the Alfa 1750 Spider Veloce, which replaced the Duetto name in 1968. That car actually used a 1779 cc engine producing 118 horsepower.
Pininfarina designers crafted the front without several of the elements seen on Alfa’s current design theme. Bug-eye headlights set well above the bumper have been replaced with thin LED strip lights. There are no horizontal air inlets on either side of the signature upside-down grille.
The 2uettotanta Concept is also fitted with custom tires from Dunlop, mounted on lightweight alloy wheels whose design is a new interpretation of the classic five-circle Alfa Romeo pattern. The high-tech carbon-ceramic brakes are from Brembo.
Inside, Pininfarina has picked up on design cues from the original Duetto, like the perforated leather-covered three-spoke steering wheel, three classic barrel-shaped binnacles for the main instruments, and a central tunnel that emphasizes that this is a rear-drive car.
Pininfarina says the 2uettotanta is more than just a styling exercise; it’s research into the next-generation Alfa Romeo Spider, which is intended to be part of the Italian automaker’s return to the U.S. as early as 2012.