“Back in 1986 my father bought a shiny orange Alfa Romeo Montreal. All original except the exhaust system, coming from Ansa marmitte,” recalls Italian designer Luca Serafini. “I remember the night he came home with quite irregular V8. He was parking in rear in the garage. The smoke was surrounding and the first things I saw were red taillights and chromed mufflers. As a young boy I can call it as the beginning for my growing love towards whole automotive world. Quite often I went downstairs to uncover the orange Alfa and see reflections, lines and shapes.” That time spent with the classic Montreal no doubt influenced the designer as he created his Alfa Romeo Montreal Vision GT Concept.
“I tried to create subjectively something able to bring me back as a child. Something on 4 wheels that’s making you say WOW!” writes Serafini on his website. The concept definitely has that wow factor. Alfa Romeo’s trademark triangle grille and badge are a prominent feature of the concept and you can pick up on the original’s general shape, but Serafini turns things up from there. The lines for the concept are much more swooping and lead the eye from front to back along sensuous curves. The headlights are subtle. Large vents are a prominent feature in the design, making the car look even more aerodynamic.
Serafini gives no insights into what he would like to see powering the concept, but given his recollections of the original being something that was “muscular dynamic and aggressive,” he would probably be fine with the Montreal’s original 2.6-liter V8. The fuel-injected engine produed 197 horsepower, and could hit 0 to 62 miles per hour in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 137 miles per hour. On the other hand, given the futuristic design, an electric motor might be a better choice for the concept. Regardless of what is under the hood, the design is captivating and elegant, and clearly demonstrates Serafini’s mastery of car design.