The best of Italy with the best of the US?

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Imagine a svelte Italian styled body draped over an 8.4 liter V10 all-American muscle car and you have the Zagato TZ3 Stradale.  Built by famed Italian coachbuilder Zagato, the TZ3 Stradale is the second TZ3 model from the design and engineering house following the one-off TZ3 Corsa, revealed last year as a tribute to the Alfa Romeo TZ (Tubolare Zagato) sports cars of the 1960s.

The latest TZ3 also continues the celebration of Alfa Romeo’s 100th anniversary.  If you want one, and who wouldn’t when it looks like the best design ever, with all the Dodge Viper power in the fabulous Zagato body, put your money down now as they are only going to build nine of them.  The first is going to US Alfa Romeo and Zagato collector Eric King, while cars number two and three are destined for wealthy collectors in Japan and Europe, respectively.

Zagato TZ3 Stradale Zagato TZ3 Stradale

The body of this TZ3 is carbon-fiber and the proportions are just right, with the long bonnet and short, hunched rear quarters.  It also has a Kamm tail for aerodynamics.

The V10 Viper engine is mated to a six speed gearbox and drives the rear wheels as it happens in the Viper.  The performance is simply shattering.

The Zagato design house was founded in 1919 in Milan and has applied its touch to marques including Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari and Aston Martin.  It has also built exclusive one-offs and prototypes for Ford, Jaguar, MG, Rover, Volvo, Bristol and Rolls-Royce.