Alfa Romeo Eagle

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Alfa Romeo Eagle
Overview
ManufacturerAlfa Romeo
Production1975
AssemblyItaly
DesignerAldo Brovarone, Pininfarina
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style2-seat Targa
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel drive
PlatformAlfetta GT
Powertrain
Engine1,779 cc (108.6 cu in) DOHC Inline-four engine
Transmission5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)[1]
Length4,080 mm (160.6 in)[1]
Width1,630 mm (64.2 in)[1]
Height1,220 mm (48.0 in)[1]

The Alfa Romeo Eagle is a concept car built by Pininfarina. The car debuted at the Turin Auto Show in 1975.[2]

Background[edit]

Three years after unveiling their Alfetta Spider prototype built using the chassis and drive-train of the Alfetta berlina, Pinifarina presented a new Alfa-based styling exercise. Like the Alfetta Spider, the Eagle had a targa top, but was built using the Alfetta GT as a base. The goal was to show that it was possible to design an open car with good passive safety.

The car[edit]

The Eagle's wedge-shaped body was designed by Aldo Brovarone, who drew inspiration from the sports prototype cars of the time and the Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12 in particular. The body was characterized by a prominent rearward-inclined or swept-back roll-over bar. The interior diverged strongly from the contemporary Alfa style, with soft matte plastic dashboard finishes, a mono-spoke steering wheel and fully digital instrumentation.

With a 91.0 kW (122 hp) 4-cylinder Twin Cam engine in standard GT tune, good aerodynamics and weighing just 1,000 kg (2,204.6 lb), the Eagle was rated at a maximum speed of 198 km/h (123.0 mph) while returning significantly better consumption than the model from which it was derived.[3][4]

As with Pininfarina's earlier Spider proposal, the Eagle did not go into production. Alfa Romeo's management instead opted to refresh the style of the Duetto.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Alfa Romeo Eagle Pininfarina (1975) full detailed specifications listing and photo gallery". /www.automobile-catalog.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  2. ^ "Un grande Maestro di design: Aldo Brovarone". virtualcar.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Alfa Romeo Eagle". uniquecarsandparts.com.au. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  4. ^ "1975 Alfa Romeo Eagle Spider-Coupé data". www.carfolio.com.