The bulldog looks promised much, but the SZ, Alfa's foray into sportscar territory in 1989, was not as quick many expected. However, what it lacked in out-and-out performance, the car more than made up for in handling and grip once out on the road. This it achieved through the rear-mounted transmission, which distributed the weight perfectly. Based on the Alfa 75 Saloon, the SZ differed in that ii used a composite body bonded to a steel frame, therefore making the chassis very solid, stable and predictable. The all-aluminium V6 ran a single cam-per-bank for 210bhp (175kW), and gave a glorious multi-cylinder howl. Combined with the torsion bar front suspension and de Dion rear end, the on-the-limit cornering ability of the Alfa is how it's best remembered. With less than 1,000 produced, the SZ was a rare sight on the road, but part of the attraction of the car was its exclusivity.
Alfa Romeo SZ Specifications
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