FROM INJECTION TO HYBRID – The imagination of the Garage Italia Customs becomes reality: the sketches of 2020 (here, to find out more) that proposed the restoration of theAlfa Romeo Spider took shape. On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile 2022, the Milanese atelier specializing in the customization of vehicles and accessories has in fact unveiled the restmod of the fourth generation of the Duet. The donor model is a 1992 model with a 2-liter injection petrol engine, which with the care of Garage Italia became hybrid thanks to the coupling of the thermal engine with an electric motor generator.
MADE IN ITALY – Starting from the aesthetics ofAlfa Romeo Spider Duetto Hybridthe Garage Italy has relied on Italian brands symbol of excellence for the interior and exterior of the car. In fact, the passenger compartment features seats and panels upholstered in Poltrona Frau orange leather; the rear molding in precious wood behind the seats is by D-Tales (an Italian company specializing in the personalization of interiors for helicopters, private jets, yachts and luxury cars).
SOME MODIFICATIONS – For this Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto Hybrid restmod, the iconic red of the Casa del Biscione gives way to a bright aqua green color, which also reaches the dashboard and the internal door panels, creating a lively and two-tone environment inside the Spider (thanks to the orange upholstery). The restoration also included slight changes in the shapes: the front bumper is cleaner, without the presence of the direction indicators and with the famous grille behind the redesigned logo. The infotainment devices have also been modernized thanks to a new tailor-made audio system.
HYBRID HEART – From a mechanical point of view we are witnessing a real leap into the future: the 2-liter 4-cylinder 2-liter shaft from 1992 is now flanked by a hybrid system lightweight named KERS which transforms the kinetic energy generated during braking into current stored in the lithium battery; energy that will then be released in the accelerations to support the heat engine. Transmission and gearbox remain the original ones. Finally, the Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto Hybrid will also be visible up close, as it will be exhibited from 9 to 12 June at the Garage Italia headquarters in Milan.
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