When people think about Italian sports cars, naturally Ferraris and Lamborghinis come to mind. If one looks a little further into the car designs that come out of Italy, it gets really impressive, especially the specialty cars that are made as unique pieces. We went on the hunt to find the nicest Italian cars that are not Ferraris or “Lambos” because it was a cool thing to do.
What we found was really exciting. That is why they call us “The Clever,” because we hunt and find stuff that is way cool and oh so interesting. At least we hope so.
Here are the fifteen Italian cars we found that are so beautiful and they are not Ferraris or Lamborghinis. Get ready to salivate over these cars! Owning any one of them would make you like Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, or Federico Fellini cool. For the younger readers, this is similar to Alyssa Milano cool. These cars are really cool or as Italians would say “bellisimo!”
15. 2017 Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione
Abarth is headquartered in Turin, Italy. It started in 1949 when Carlo Abarth wanted to create a company to make compact racing and road cars. It is now owned by Fiat. One of the best cars made by Abarth was the 124 Spider Scorpione. It has a shield and a scorpion as its logo. The last production vehicle made by Abarth before Fiat bought the company was in 2012 and this was the Punto Supersport.
This year, the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione was released now that Abarth is a subsidiary of Fiat. This new model of a two-seat roadster has classic Italian styling and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is powerful enough to make this lightweight roadster zip down the road. You will enjoy riding in it because it has a really nice, sporty look. Not being modest, Fiat says that the new 2017 Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione creates “unadulterated driving pleasure.” Sounds good to us.
14. 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
That means this car is a super hottie! You can get one for around $39,000 so you do not have to be rich to have this Italian beauty in your garage.
Alfa Romeo started in 1910 and it also headquartered in Turin, Italy. Alfa Romeo made its name by first winning lots of races. The company’s activities are mixed between winning Formula One racing and making sports cars for regular people. Alfa Romeo also sold to Fiat in 1986, so it is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat.
13. 2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
Car and Driver said the 2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider was lovely and loud. This Alfa Romeo car might be the sexiest Alfa Romeo ever built for public appreciation. It costs just slightly over $300,000 and with its 4.7-liter, V-8 engine delivering 444 hp, it can reach a top speed of 181 miles per hour. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Just 500 were made and only 35 convertibles plus 84 coupes were sent to America. This made this car a huge attraction for the rich and famous who wanted to use this Alfa Romeo when driving up to movie premieres and fancy restaurants.
12. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Those who don’t have $300,000 to buy an Alfa Romeo 8C, should consider the 4C for under $60,000. It has a 237 horsepower, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. It is very lightweight, making this car feel “zippy” as reported by Car and Driver who give it the rank of eighth in their list of the top ten sports cars. It has quick acceleration and can reach 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Its top speed is 155 mph. There is no manual version available so you will have to be satisfied with a six-speed automatic.
The seats are tight-fitting. There very little room for luggage. The car rides so low to the ground that it is challenging to get out of the vehicle. None of these things make any difference once a driver is behind the wheel zipping down the road. This sports car’s handling is awesome. If you really want to turn heads as you zoom past people, it comes in a cherry bomb red color.
11. 2001 – 2006 B Engineering Edonis Supercar
B Engineering based in Campogalliano, Italy made the custom designed Edonis Supercar, which is modeled after the Bugatti EB110. Most of the workers at B Engineering used to work at Bugatti. They made many custom modifications to the Bugatti EB110 engine to improve its performance for use in the Edonis Supercar.
There are only 21 of these cars or maybe fewer. The production limit was 21 cars and it is not clear if B Engineering reached that goal. They cost a staggering $1,100,000 to $1,500,000 if you can find one of the owners willing to part with such an extremely rare vehicle.
10. 2012 Bertone Nuccio
Giovanni Bertone founded this specialty, custom car manufacturing company in 1912, which operated until 2014 when it ceased production. The company was based in Turin, Italy and made some of the best re-designs of vehicles from Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, and Maserati.
One of the most popular cars made by Bertone was the Nuccio, which was named after the founder’s son. It has a 4.3-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 480 hp. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of almost 200 mph.
The Nuccio has a futuristic style with a roof that has two peaks. The first peak is the highest point of the roof and the second peak is slightly behind the first one. This gives the vehicle the look of a crocodile’s eye from the side. To create visibility towards the rear of the vehicle there is an LCD screen showing a view out the back. The driver checks this screen by using a regular rearview mirror.
9. 2012 Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Disco Volante
Touring Superleggera is an automobile maker that began in 1926 in Milan, Italy. Touring became respected for the beauty of its designs and the use of its patented “superleggera” manufacturing methods. The company stopped production of vehicles for a while in 1966; however, the business was restarted in 2006.
The Disco Volante by Touring is a two-seater coupe based on the Alfa Romeo C52 of the 1950s. It has an engine in the center-front of the vehicle and a transaxle drive train. This car was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show during 2012. It was built in the Touring shop in Milan as a very limited series for special customers who are car collectors, sports car drivers, and those who appreciate a tailor-made car based on individual custom work.
8. 2011 Covini Engineering C6W Leopard
It took 32 years of engineering efforts before the production version of this car was released in 2011. It has a V-8 engine, a body made of carbon fiber, scissor doors, and a custom designed interior made to each buyer’s specifications. However, by far the most distinctive feature is that it has six wheels and two front axles. The front wheels are automatically coordinated, so driving this car feels quite normal, yet the handling is improved by having the additional wheels.
Covini Engineering started during 1978 in Cortemaggiore, Italy. The founder of the company is Ferruccio Covini. During the 1980s, the company produced a B24 Turbo-cooler and the T40, which became quite popular, making the Covini Engineering name gain significant respect. People had already been talking about the six-wheeled C6W for years, while it was still in the design stage before it was released.
7. 1993 De Tomaso Pantera
Only 41 units of the De Tomaso Pantera were made before production stopped in 1993. The De Tomaso Company was started in Modena, Italy during 1959 by Alejandro de Tomaso. In the beginning, the company made prototypes of racing cars. It started manufacturing production vehicles in 1970, then ran into financial trouble and went out of business in 2004. It started up again and they went bankrupt in 2008. The company was bought by Fiat in 2009 but never went back into production and went bankrupt again in 2012. A Swiss company bought what remained of the company in 2015 for two million Euros with plans to put it back into business once again.
The De Tomaso Pantera from the 1990s combines dramatic Italian style with American V-8 power. It has a 5.1-liter Ford 351 engine producing 330 hp, which could be increased to 380 hp with a few adjustments. It has rear-wheel-drive. It could accelerate to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
6. 2013 Fornasari Gigi 311GT
CBS News notes that the interior of the Fornasari Gigi 311GT harkens back to the hand made styles of the 1950s. CBS called this one of the most luxurious interiors to be found in any car. The interior uses hand-sewn leather and hand-hammered aluminum for its dash creating a comforting retro experience. All the other elements of the car are the state-of-the-art in terms of its audio and multimedia system.
On the exterior, there is a subtle depression running down the center of the roof giving the vehicle a bubble-like appearance. It has a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 640 hp allowing the car to accelerate to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. This elegant high-performance two-seater roadster will set you back about $300,000.
5. 2013 ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour
The Parcour is a crossover between a sports car, an SUV, and an all-terrain vehicle. It is just as comfortable on the road as it is off the road. It has an automatically adjustable ride height of 8.3 to 13 inches. Its 5.3-liter V-10 engine is mid-mounted and delivers 550 hp. It can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 199 mph. It has a seven-speed DTC transmission.
It was a concept car when it was presented during 2013 at the Geneva Auto Show and has not yet gone into production. It takes its name of “parcour,” from the style of running and jumping over things that kids do in the streets. The ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour can race around the track, drive down the streets, and then jump the curb to drive over the rough terrain of exposed rocks, providing an amazing ride.
4. 2005 Maserati MC12
The Maserati Company started in Modena, Italy during 1914. It has gone through various ups and downs under many different owners. At different times, the company was owned by Ferrari and even Citroën from France. Now it is owned by Fiat. During the period of Ferrari’s ownership, in 2004 to 2005, the company made the super fast MC12. They only made 50 cars during that year’s time and most were pre-sold for around $600,000 apiece. Maserati just started making the MC12 again and now they cost around $770,000 each.
The MC12 has a six-liter V-12 engine that delivers 624 horsepower. It can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. On the track, Car and Driver reported it did the standard quarter-mile at the average speed of 138 mph in 11.5 seconds. There is no doubt about it, this is a race car and yet it is also designed for street driving with ample interior leg room and head room not frequently found in a car that drives this fast.
3. 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS
During 2009, Maserati released the Quattroporte Sport GTS in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Maserati’s first win of the American Indianapolis 500 Race. Maserati is the only Italian car make to have won the Indianapolis 500.
The Quattroporte sedan was already popular when Maserati released a sportier version. It has a 4.7-liter engine delivering 433 hp. The Quattroporte has the perfect combination of a distinctive style with massive horsepower. They improved the suspension system for better handling. It has beautiful interior trim and leather seats. This is a full-size, luxury sedan that drives more like a much smaller sports car. It sells for around $110,000 base price, up to $140,000 fully loaded.
2. 2015 Pagani Zonda
Pagani is a popular Italian boutique manufacturer of lightweight sports cars made of carbon fiber. The company was started in 1992. It grabbed a lot of attention since then with the production of the Zonda, Zonda Cinques, and the Tricolore series.
The Pagani Zonda has a twelve cylinder, 7.3-liter engine delivering 547 hp. The Zonda is the fifth-fastest car in the world clocking in at a top speed of 220 mph. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The Zonda first debuted during 1999. By 2003, thirty-five Zondas had been built. Now, the factory in Modena, Italy produces about 20 Zonda style cars each year of various types and all cost around $1,500,000 or more.
1. 2017 Pagani Huayra
Do you have a spare $1.7 to $2.8 million laying around unused somewhere? Don’t waste it on buying another house you may never visit. Buy this Pagani Huayra instead. It is certain you will not leave this baby sitting around untouched. She is roaring to go.
Horacio Pagani is an Argentinean man. However, he escaped political prosecution in Argentina and moved to Italy to start the Pagani Company in Cesario sul Panaro, Italy. For more than a decade, he worked closely with Daimler AG, especially on the Mercedes AMG engine and the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve engine. The Huayra debuted in January 2011. It got its name from the Incan word for “God of the Wind.”
The Pagani Huayra has a 6.0-liter, twin turbo, V-12 engine built by Mercedes-Benz AMG that delivers 800 hp. It has perfect aerodynamic styling and an active rear spoiler. It accelerates to 60 mph in 3 seconds. It flies around the track at a top speed of 230 mph.
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