Alfa Romeo TZ3
The TZ name has been present in Alfa Romeo history since the ’60s. That was when they produced sports and racing cars they named the TZ 1 and TZ 2. The T stands for Turbulare and the Z for Zagato, the designer house. To connect with their glorious racing past, Alfa Romeo presented a limited production model they called the TZ 3. They presented it in 2011 with a Zagato body.
However, the automobile public was surprised when they debuted the new model. That was because Alfa didn’t have the chassis or the engine for such a model. But when they revealed the specifications, the secret came to light. The Alfa Romeo TZ 3 was the track-ready version of the previous generation Dodge Viper ACR-X. Alfa dressed the Viper in a Zagato body but left all the important mechanical components and the massive 8.2-liter engine intact.
Even the interior was the same except the badges, which they switched from Dodge to Alfa Romeo. The TZ 3 provided a supercar beating performance with 600 HP, 3.4 second 0 to 60 mph times and a 200-mph top speed. Despite the fancy new Italian suit, V10 engine, driving dynamics and legendary name, Alfa only managed to sell nine copies. And surprisingly, they sold none of them in the USA even though the mechanics came from the Dodge Viper, an American-made car.