With the 2010 Geneva Motor Show having recently taken place, the Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept, by Stile Bertone, was there to commemorate their 100 year anniversary – and what a way to do it, it is nothing short of breathtaking! The Pandion, another artistic masterpiece by designer Stile Bertone, was the main responsibility of Mike Robinson, the new design and brand director at Bertone.
According to Robinson’s interpretation, “the Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept’s design is, like every Alfa Romeo, a perfect synthesis between ‘Skin and Frame’, an ideal balance resulting from a tension between opposites: technology and sensuality, rationality and instinct, architecture and sculpture, structuralism and organicism, industrial excellence and excellent craftsmanship.”
The design is based on the “Skin & Frame” design language: “Skin” referring to the snake in the logo, representing the world renowned Italian excellence in beautiful, seductive forms; and “Frame” referring to the cross in the logo, representing the mechanical excellence in high performance Italian race cars.
Not only is The Pandion a piece of eye-candy, but it has the grunt and power to match. The Pandion is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione sports car. It has an all aluminium 4.7 litre (4691 cc) (286.8 cu in) dohc 90 degree V8 engine, producing 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp). The car kerb weight is 1,258 kg (2,773 lb) and it has top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph) and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds.
The most eye catching feature of the car is its doors, they open by rotating backwards, opening full 90 degree upward, the whole side of the car is one door from the front fender to the rear fender. Earlier Bertone had made other similar door designs, like in the 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo, the 1970 Lancia Stratos 0 and the 1972 Lamborghini Countach. Other notable design feature can be found on the rear of the car, which has a striking array of crystal-like blades. – Source (Wikipedia).
As Alfanatics, we are deeply moved (and proud ) by this amazing work of art and look forward to what Bertone have up their sleeves in the future! With the additions of both the 8 & 4 C to the Alfa portfolio, the future of the Alfa design philosophy looks assured…
Follow this link to view the Pandion in action…and click here for some amazing photo’s of this beauty.