Bizzarrini Giotto Debuts With Naturally Aspirated V12, Giugiaro Design

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Bizzarrini was founded by former Ferrari and Alfa Romeo engineer Giotto Bizzarrini in the 1960s to build high-end, low-volume sports cars. Before going his own way, this talented man was directly involved in the development of iconic cars such as the 250 GTO and 250 GT SWB “Breadvan”. Not only that, he also worked on Lamborghini’s first V12 engine through his engineering company Societa Autostar.

He also worked for Iso Rivolta before founding Societa Prototipi Bizzarrini (Bizzarrini SpA) in 1964. Around 140 vehicles were assembled at a factory in Livorno before the company went bankrupt in 1969. Fast forward to 2020, Pegasus Brands acquired the rights to “Bizzarrini” name in an attempt to revive the brand. The 5300GT was revived as a follow-up model for a limited production run of 24 units, and now, Bizzarrini is previewing the new car.

Written by Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, Giotto revived a partnership that began in the 1960s when Giorgetto worked on the 5300GT during his days at Bertone. The low-slung supercar with a carbon fiber body proudly carries the name of the original company founder and features design cues that evoke the 5300GT. Of course, the most obvious change was the adoption of a rear-centre engine layout whereas the 1960s cars had the powertrain at the front.

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Talking about the engine, it’s a naturally aspirated V12 linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We’re told the powertrain is exclusive to Giotto and its development is overseen by Bizzarrini CTO Chris Porritt who oversees engineering at Aston Martin, Rimac and Tesla. Additional info about the car is not available at this time, but further technical specifications will be leaked later this year.

Testing is programmed to start in 2024, meaning deliveries to customers are unlikely before 2025. No word on pricing either, but it certainly won’t be cheap considering the Chevrolet V8-powered 5300GT costs ¬£1.65m or around $2m with current exchange rate.