Back in 2010, Pininfarina was looking for a way to celebrate its 80th anniversary. To do so, it created the 2uettottanta – a concept with a name that pays homage to the Duetto to go with the 80 years of Pininfarina brilliance. Furthermore, the concept was said to pay tribute to Alfa Romeo, which – in 2010 – was celebrating its centenary. In short, the 2uettottanta is a two-seater spider with a 1.75-liter turbocharged engine that was mounted longitudinally – a reference to the 1750 Veloce of 1968. The overall exterior look is where the tribute to Alfa Romeo comes in, with the red body finish and that aluminum shield upfront with triangular air intakes.

The 2uettottanta made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and was immediately loved with its modern design, smooth and visually pleasing body lines, and body panels that sit so tightly together that it’s actually hard to tell that the entire body isn’t one piece. Unfortunately, this concept was never translated into a production model of any kind, but it could have very easily been a big seller in the two-seater, roadster market. Even the interior was simplistic but wild at the same time, and there is just something about the reinterpretation of the instrument cluster and that modern take on the Duetto’s steering wheel that really sticks out.

There’s no denying that the Duetto was an icon that is still celebrated to this day, and Alfa Romeo has a long, rich history that can’t be denied. So, did the 2uettottanta pay rightful tribute to Pininfarina, Alfa Romeo and that iconic Duetto? Check out the review below to see for yourself.

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Exterior

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Up front, the 2uettottanta has a unique yet aesthetically pleasing look that combines simplicity and elegance at the same time. The centerpiece of the front end is the aluminum shield that appears to float inside a diamond shaped cavity and pays tribute to Alfa Romeo. The front fascia is split at the bottom and gently recesses back as the it forms a triangular intake on each corner of the fascia. The smooth body lines below the recess give the front end character while keeping an overall smooth appearance. Above the air intakes are a set of thin, rectangular LED headlights that sit flush with the fascia and help to give the front a menacing look. Those wide front fenders slope downward in the front with a mild body line right in the middle, leading into the sharp lip that runs the width of the fascia just above the headlight units. The front hood Is completely smooth with a mild downward curvature to it, which should help improve the overall aerodynamics of the concept.

The concept is all about beauty and elegance, and it certainly touches base in both categories with an unadulterated smoothness that shows the lighter, friendlier side of the Pininfarina design house.

To the sides, there is a lot more of the same. A body line runs from the front of the front wheel arch and wraps around the wheel opening before shooting straight back to the rear, creating the only character line on the side. The rest of the side profile is smooth, with a Pininfarina badge between the door and front wheel arch. The rear wheel arches are flared just a bit and feature a character line similar to that of the front wheel arches. The doors have a very tight fit to the body, making the seams almost invisible and door handles are non-existent.

Around back, we see a slightly more aggressive design compared to the front and sides. Of course, there are the humps that cover the seat backs, but farther back, the body extends just a bit from the top, creating a spoiler or sorts. Below this spoiler lip sit the taillights which carry the same shape as the headlights and feature LED lights. Down below, a body line drops down from each taillight and curves inward, while there is a sharp, protruding crease in between to give the rear end even more character. There is a large, three-sided opening in the rear fascia that houses a smooth diffuser between two triangular exhaust outlets.

The concept is all about beauty and elegance, and it certainly touches base in both categories with an unadulterated smoothness that shows the lighter, friendlier side of the Pininfarina design house. There are enough subtle hints to Alfa Romeo to give the brand fair tribute, and there is a little of the Duetto in there too. All told, it is a beautiful looking concept that is desirable and a hell of a forbidden fruit.

Interior

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Inside, the 2uettottanta is and smooth and pleasing as it is on the outside. The dash is finished in bright white and curves inward at the outside edges where it meets the same while coloration on the door panels, creating a true interpretation of a wraparound dash. The rest of the interior is done up in black, including the seats, upper and lower portion of the door panels, the center console, and the carpet. The instrument cluster that is built into the dash features two large gauges for the tachometer and speedometer, which pays homage to instrument clusters found in Alfa Romeo vehicles. There is no entertainment system to speak over, but the center console is graced by a chrome-handled shifter and the carpets look to be made of Alcantara.

All told, there isn’t a lot going on inside the cabin, but the steering wheel is a modern reinterpretation of that found in the original Duetto, and there are few fine lines built into the door panels that add a touch of character to the inside. It’s a smooth and elegant design, and one that could only really be pulled off by a design house like Pininfarina.

Drivetrain

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The drivetrain of the 2uettottanta is a rather large mystery, with very little information revealed by Pininfarina. We know that it has a longitudinally mounted 1,750 cc engine, but as far as performance specifications go, you’ll need to use your imagination because they were never released. We do know that the engine is mounted to a dual-clutch transmission, and there are shift paddles on the steering wheel. The car also has three driving modes – “Dynamic,” “Normal,” and “All Weather.” The tires that wrap around those interesting five-spoke wheels were made specifically for the concept in collaboration with Dunlop and are said to accentuate the impression of strong character and force given by the car. Behind the wheels sit an Alfa Romeo brake system by Brembo, offering decent stopping power.

While there is little information for the drivetrain to go by, the fact that the car has a dual-clutch transmission, selectable driving modes, and a decent aerodynamic layout points to some reasonable power from the 1,750 cc engine. If I had to guess, I would say it probably delivered upward of 200 or 250 horsepower, which would be more than enough giving the lightweight and aerodynamic nature of the 2uettottanta.

Conclusion

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It’s hard to put together a fair conclusion for a car that really describes itself from a distance with its smooth and elegant appearance. In short, it’s pure excellence brought together by a long history of design and partnership between Pininfarina and Alfa Romeo. It’s a concept that begs to be owned, driven, and enjoy, which is the worst part since there is nothing like it that ever went into production. Pininfarina put it best by saying: “The 2uettottanta is not an unattainable dream. Nor does the 2uettottanta only want to impress at first glance, but to achieve a beauty that does not strive solely for immediate confirmation, but gradually reveals all its values and transfers them to the future, making the style eternal. As it did in the case of the Duetto, which continues to be celebrated as an icon of design after more than 40 years.” And, I must say that I agree in every possible way.

  • Leave it
    • * Never came close to production
    • * Nothing like it was ever produced
    • * I can’t drive it

Press Release

For those who still like to dream in a car. For those looking for a mixture of vanity, entertainment, and the pleasure of life in the open air. For those who love icons as the greatest expression of the age we live in. For those who want their cars to be an uncommon sensory experience in terms of both style and driving, without being obsessed by performance. For those who want to be excited by a dynamic, sporty car that transmits the exclusiveness and refinement typical of an Alfa Romeo spider designed by Pininfarina.

For all of them, we present the 2uettottanta.

2uettottanta: a name that evokes the legendary Duetto, but also the years of activity at Pininfarina, which launches the celebrations for its 80th anniversary with this concept car. And it has decided to do so with a type of car that is by definition, the work of Pininfarina: an Alfa Romeo spider. A very Italian product, which has become an export brand, representing the inexhaustible talent that the whole world associates with Italy.

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The 2uettottanta reflects Pininfarina’s determination to look to the future with optimism following tradition, restating its excellence in design and its acknowledged capacity for aesthetic and technological innovation. It is a concept that represents an innovative approach, projected into the third millennium, to a topic that is firmly rooted in Pininfarina history, the 2-seater spider. And like the best Alfa Romeo sports cars to come from Pininfarina’s pencil, the 2uettottanta exalts the driving experience and concentrates on the excitement of being at the wheel of an open car with a great aesthetic personality. It is a car that can make people dream and excites even after many years. The icon of a lifestyle that harks back to a lively, tumultuous period. Like the Duetto of the Sixties, which helped to establish a trend based on the themes of rebellion and escape, thanks to the film “The Graduate”.

The 2uettottanta is also a tribute to Alfa Romeo, which celebrates its centenary in 2010: the alliance between Alfa Romeo and Pininfarina is one of the most significant and durable in the history of the car, one of men and of passion, of design and cutting-edge technical solutions, which has generated an inestimable number of good-looking, innovative cars with plenty of temperament. With a predilection for sports cars and convertibles. The aim is to replicate all this with the 2uettottanta. So a clean, elegant line was chosen for this "simple 2-seater", which is proposed with a 1750 cc turbo engine positioned longitudinally, an obvious reference to the “1750 Veloce” of 1968, one of the many versions derived from the famous “Osso di Seppia” (Cuttlefish). With its red bodywork, inspired by the typical Alfa Romeo paintwork, the 2uettottanta is 1797 mm wide, 4212.6 mm long, 1280 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2500 mm.

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The pleasure of driving and feeling in harmony with nature is transformed into light, sleek, refined volumes, and shapes that seem to slip through the air easily. This generates the theme of this concept: the expression of a single volume, which is some way from the ground and suspended. The 2uettottanta almost seems to lift up from the ground “going further”. It is an optical effect achieved thanks to a line that crosses the whole car horizontally. An uninterrupted sign applied to dynamic, sporty proportions – typical of Alfa Romeo spiders – accentuated by the configuration of the passenger compartment, which is shifted significantly to the rear. The force of the design lies in its exaltation of simplicity, which does not need to show its muscles but concentrates purely on agility and harmony.

The front end of the 2uettottanta underlines its true Alfa Romeo character. The design is simple, with a central line that runs smoothly along the nose of the car, while the execution of the surfaces is more sophisticated. At the centre, in full view, and anything but a purely decorative element, is the Alfa Romeo shield, which seems to emerge from the heart of the car and to stretch outwards, in Pininfarina’s futuristic, three-dimensional approach. The shield is made of aluminium and incorporates floating horizontal flaps. On either side are the two triangular lateral air intakes. The two elements impressed on the imposing bonnet create a natural link between the logo and the large windscreen, which has been designed as a ring in hand-beaten aluminium that emerges from the body of the car without interrupting its flow. The front headlights, which adopt the latest LED technologies, are embedded under the line that gives the whole car its character. A strip of carbon in the lower part of the front acts as an air splitter, channelling the air to the rear end of the car.

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The side view of the car, where the theme of the single volume is repeated, highlights the flowing line of the whole, with the shapes merging naturally. The horizontal line “cut” into the sides gives a sense of great dynamism; it starts from the front wheelarch and extends back to the rear wheel. Like an athlete, for a car, being slim also means achieving aerodynamic efficiency. Pininfarina has always strived for natural shapes that can convey efficiency and respect of the environment, an approach confirmed by its great commitment to the theme of eco-sustainable mobility. The 2uettottanta is in perfect harmony with nature, becoming the formal expression of a response to the needs of our day: it is an arrow that flies through the wind almost without encountering resistance.

Smooth, essential, soft surfaces even at the rear, which echoes the front, albeit with slightly more emphasis on the muscles. The design combines stylistic simplicity with a strong character in the volumes and proportions, with details designed to underline the car’s dynamic, light personality. The two bumps seem to emerge from the volume, becoming floating wings that create the roll-over bars behind the seats. At either end, these bars generate an appendix designed to hold the seat belts. Even at the rear the light clusters are slender and embedded under the line that defines the whole section.

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Great attention went into the design of the interior. The result is a spacious, comfortable passenger compartment, conceived with light, dynamic volumes, which envelop the occupants in a strong, reassuring embrace. The shapes are sewn into the leather, incorporating the touch controls: in its functions, the 2uettottanta is faithful to its vocation as a car designed to be a delight to drive. The facia extends fluidly to the sides merging into the doorway as the natural continuation of the volume of the car, thus creating a perfect symbiosis between exterior and interior. The dashboard has a driver-oriented configuration with an innovative approach to the classical circular Alfa Romeo “tubes” that contain the instruments. The tunnel contains the Alfa DNA gear selector in an ergonomic position; this varies the set-up of the car in three modes, Dynamic, Normal and All Weather, adapting the behaviour of the various systems on the vehicle (engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, etc.) to the demands of the driver and the different driving conditions. The tunnel runs through the passenger compartment and it gives structure to the chassis, revealing the carbon elements: the choice of this material reflects Pininfarina’s constant research into alternative materials that can make vehicles lighter, reducing consumption and emissions. Another strong element of the interior is the steering wheel, which is a modern interpretation of the Duetto’s perforated three-spoke wheel, with the addition of a shift paddle for sequential control of the dual-clutch gearbox. An enjoyable drive and comfort are also guaranteed by the anatomical sporty seats. All the interior of the car “floats”: the ventilation ducts are positioned between the passenger compartment and the hull.

The size and design of the tyres, which were created specifically for the 2uettottanta in collaboration with Dunlop, accentuate the impression of strong character and force given by the car. The tyres are of the low profile type, right on the extreme edges of the plane view: designed by Pininfarina to incorporate the innovative technologies developed by Dunlop, their graphics reflect those of the car. Their aerodynamic shape and very smooth lateral profile, guarantee better roadholding and less resistance to air, thus reducing consumption. The rims are treated in aluminium in harmony with the rest of the car, and are a free interpretation of the classic five-circle Alfa Romeo pattern, revealing the high performance carbo-ceramic Alfa Romeo brakes by Brembo.

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The 2uettottanta is not a pure styling exercise, but also a project and research: the goal is to grasp the spirit of the spider in the configuration, the proportions and the conception of the car as well as in its stylistic imprint. This working method is part of Pininfarina’s genes. For this project, the Pininfarina creative team were given carte blanche to express the values inherent in the Alfa spider “by Pininfarina”, the values that are deemed to have made the Giulietta Spider or the Duetto all-time classics. To achieve this result, the car was given a particular set-up, with a low centre of gravity and a passenger compartment that is very exposed so as not to isolate the occupants from the surrounding environment. The result is to bring the road “nearer” to the eyes of the driver and to increase the sense of dynamism even at low speed.

What is the 2uettottanta effect? Desire. Whoever sees it “must” possess it, drive it, enjoy it. Because the 2uettottanta is not an unattainable dream. Nor does the 2uettottanta only want to impress at first glance, but to achieve a beauty that does not strive solely for immediate confirmation, but gradually reveals all its values and transfers them to the future, making the style eternal. As it did in the case of the Duetto, which continues to be celebrated as an icon of design after more than 40 years.

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6 comments:

  (461) posted on 03.18.2010

Luxury is whatever one chooses it to be. If, by what most people are telling me, that "features" make up a what a luxury car buyer wants then I guess if my Mercedes or Audi has more features, even if by just one feature more, than your BMW or Lexus then the Mercedes or Audi is more luxurious.

  (1023) posted on 03.10.2010

LED head lamps is a great innovation in automobile industries because it has extended span of life and it’s much brighter than Halogen bulb. plus it uses less power.

  (780) posted on 03.7.2010

amazing headlamps, but I’m wondering if it can light better on the steet? well i guess they’ve equipped all the latest technology in it’s lightnings.

  (428) posted on 03.3.2010

I don’t know but there’s something missing in the car design. It lacks something. The car is cool in it’s own way but something is missing maybe it’s better if its just a coupe It can compete with others.

  (612) posted on 03.3.2010

well this is new.. lovely headlamps and grills, good thing that AR revamp it’s front bumper and grille.

  (807) posted on 03.2.2010

I really know nothing about the Pinifarina, but sure thing this car looks promising, aggressiveness and sportiness is the name for this baby.

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