Alfa Romeo Nuvola

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Alfa Romeo Nuvola
Alfa Romeo Nuvola.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Production 1996
Designer Centro Stile Alfa Romeo under Walter de Silva[1]
Body and chassis
Class Concept car
Body style Coupé
Layout Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 2.5 L Alfa Romeo twin-turbo V6 (petrol)
Transmission 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,600 mm (100 in)[2]
Length 4,286 mm (168.7 in)
Width 1,859 mm (73.2 in)[3]

The Alfa Romeo Nuvola is a concept car with coupé body first shown by Alfa Romeo at the Mondial de l'Automobile Paris motor show in 1996. Nuvola literally means "cloud" in Italian, but also hints to the legendary Italian racing driver Tazio Nuvolari. The Nuvola has a front-mounted engine and four wheel drive.[4] The prototype is currently on display at the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese, Italy.

Specifications[edit]

The Nuvola is a 2-door, 2-seat coupé with a polyester body[3] coupled to a welded tubular steel space frame. It is powered by a longitudinal 2.5 litre (2492 cc), twin-turbo, 60-degree Alfa Romeo V6 engine coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive. The engine puts out 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) at 6000 rpm and 285 lb·ft (386 N·m) at 3000 rpm, making the Nuvola capable of a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) and zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration in six seconds.

Concept and design[edit]

This concept car was intended both as a future design manifesto and a technology demonstrator, the idea behind it being the rebirth of the coachbuilt automobile: Alfa Romeo would have supplied rolling chassis to be bodied by independent coachbuilders, and possibly sold through Alfa Romeo dealers.[1][2] To achieve this stylistic flexibility the car was based on a modern space frame chassis with a separate body; it was designed to handle virtually any body style, from coupé to roadster to shooting brake.

The Nuvola was penned by a group of young designers from Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, at the time headed by Walter de Silva.[1] It featured LED lighting and bumpers fully integrated in the shape of the bodywork.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Morosini, Nestore. "Nuvola, l'Alfa Romeo torna a sognare" [Nuvola, Alfa Romeo dreams again]. Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Arriva "Nuvola": per la fuoriserie è ritorno al futuro" ["Nuvola" arrives: the coachbuilt car is back to the future]. alfaromeopress.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Alfa Romeo Nuvola de 1996". autosital.com (in French). Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "996 Alfa Romeo Nuvola Concept". supercars.net. Retrieved 13 September 2007.