Bertone BAT 11 unveiled in Geneva

Bertone unveiled last night at the Geneva Motor Show the BAT 11, a concept car based on a modified Alfa Romeo 8C platform. The BAT 11 continues some of the distinguishing elements of the original ’Berlinetta Aerodynamica Tecnica’ cars designed by Franco Scaglione and developed by Nuccio Bertone. These include the tapered fins and faired wheels, all in a context where soft proportions are combined with strong, robust lines. The monolithic form has a simple dihedral bodyside section with fins that seem to have been designed as a shawl that wraps around the car beginning from the front fender and extending to the top of the side windows toward the rear.

Bertone BAT 11 unveiled in Geneva

The front-end has a V-shape with a neat Alfa Romeo shield low down in the lean-forward nose. The V-shaped form continues into the wraparound windshield and continues at the rear, with a center fin butting up to the tapering rear window and a pair of open air extraction slots behind the rear wheels.

The vast bat wings cant over at nearly 45 degrees towards the back, with the rear edge housing a pair of thin LED taillamps. The 21-inch wheels feature a double layer of twisted spokes, the outer ones made in carbon fiber that, according to designer Gwen Pennarun, are a contemporary update of the original Borrani wire wheels.


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