The Thinker’s Garage might be a blog you have heard of. If you haven’t it’s worth a little look. The latest post shows a proposal by designer Andrew Marshall for a new Alfa Romeo Giulia.
The proposal draws quiet inspiration from the 1974- 1987 GTV while using the running gear of the current rear-drive Giulia. Marshall’s proposal eschews the production car’s soft shapes for something more angular (in some ways). The sideglass is a bit deeper than is fashionable – which is a good thing, lending the car a welcoming feeling many modern sports cars lack.
Here is the text accompanying the article (it doesn’t say much about Mr Marshall: “It’s been a few years since the Brera left Alfa Romeo’s lineup, leaving the Milanese brand without a 4 seat coupe in its range for the first time in decades. But rumours persist that there will eventually be a new coupe in showrooms, based on the rear wheel drive Giorgio architecture, which made its debut with the Giulia.
These images demonstrate how such a car might look if it were to finally reach production. Featuring inspiration from historical Alfa models such as the 155 V6 Ti, 916 series GTV and Alfetta GTV 6, this Giulia GT proposal is an intended rival for cars such as the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Coupe and Audi A5.”
The design is very credible with some neatly resolved details. I am not sure it is intended to be expensively coach-built. The shutlines at the front are missing a section to define the outline of the bumper. As it is, the bumper flows uninterrupted into the wing and there is a panel gap missing somewhere along the sill. The bumper to wing panel gap is a tad problematic. A natural location, from the lamp inner top corner to the bonnet would look obtrusive. This shows how tricky shutline management can be as it can have strong repercussions on graphics and proportions. It is something that a revised version ought to consider though.
A better idea (perhaps) might be to run it roughly like the green line, assuming it does not look too weird from some other angle.
I notice also that Mr Marshall has avoided the use of brightwork. He is in good company as Aston Martin have elected to do the same on the new Vantage. It can always be added later.
Here is the Alfa Romeo concept in relation to the first generation of GTV:
The references don’t shout, but add a bit of visual richness to the mix. Donald Norman would approve: functional, aesthetic and cognitive appeal. All in all, it’s a very convincing proposal and it’s pleasant to see these (though often the real thing is a lot less satisfying). I like the idea of giving the car its own identity rather than simply translating the existing saloon forms onto another package.