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ALFA ROMEO SZ/RZ (1989-1994) CAR HISTORY

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Italians coined a new phrase to describe the amazing Alfa Romeo SZ: "II Mostro", or The Monster, and it is easy to see why. In no way could the bodywork be described as handsome, but if you were looking to make a visual impact then this Alfa super car was king. Although Alfa Romeo announced the birth of this amazing new model under its internal type designation of ES30, production cars were known as SZ.


The design house responsible for the SZ was Zagato, which has always had a strong association with Alfa Romeo. Zagato also produced the SZ for Alfa at its Milanese factory. The time it took for Zagato to develop and produce the SZ was a remarkably short two years. To make the bodies, Zagato elected to use plastic composites (a mixture of thermosetting resins and glassfibre), mounted on a steel chassis. The result may have looked spectacularly ugly but it was surprisingly aerodynamic: its Cd (co-efficient of drag) figure of 0.30 was superior to that of many oilier cars.


Underneath that extraordinary coupe-body shell was basically the mechanical package from the racing version of the Alfa Romeo 75, including its layout of longitudinal engine, rear transaxle and rear-wheel drive. The familiar Alfa 3.0-litre V-six engine was given even more power thanks to integrated fuel injection/ignition systems, new camshafts and modified manifolding. Maximum power was now up to 207 bhp.


Since the SZ weighed only 28221b (1280kg), performance was deeply impressive: a top speed of over 152 mph (245 kph) and 0-62 mph (0-lOO kph) in only seven seconds was quoted. The SZ was quite capable of handling all this power thanks to its sophisticated suspension and asymmetric Pirelli P- Zero tires. One interesting feature was hydraulic adjustment for the real-suspension, which was occasionally needed to overcome ramps and other obstructions because ground clearance was just 2.4in (6cm).


Inside, the Alfa 75 driver would have felt immediately at home, since the instruments and much of the switchgear came from this humble saloon (sedan). Luxury was not overlooked, though, as standard equipment included leather seats and electric windows.


At the end of 1992, the SZ was joined by an open-topped model called the RZ. This was more than just a roofless version of the SZ, as it incorporated a number of detail changes like a shorter front spoiler, thinner body panels, lower windscreen and reshaped sills. The chassis was considerably stiffened to compensate for the loss of the roof, and in consequence its weight went up by 220lb (100kg).
As planned, Zagato built just over 1000 examples of this exceptional sport scar, despite the fact that Alfa Romeo had received 1600 orders for the model, almost before it had even been seen by the public. An additional 241 copies of the RZ drop-top model were made in 1992-3. That means the SZ and RZ will always be among the rarest and most sought-after Alfa Romeos of all.


ALFA ROMEO SZ/RZ

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE TYPE

V-six cylinder

CAPACITY

2959 cc

POWER

207 bhp @6200 rpm

TRANSMISSION

5-speed

TOP SPEED

152 mph (245 km/h)

NUMBER BUILT

1,035/ 241

 

 

 

 

 

 
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