The 23 years old designer Ross McSherry is the winner of the 2006 edition of "Stile Italiano Giovani" Design Competition.
In this exclusive article he speaks about the development process of this luxury coupé.
It is a really impressive project, as Lorenza Pininfarina pointed out: "The power of semplicity, typical expression of the Italian style.
"Today the automobile style is generally characterised by a redundant number of decorations and complicated lines; in this situation, our appreciation is intended to underline the courage demonstrated by a young Englishman in proposing simple and balanced solutions framed in a functional context.
"The design of the general layout and the model add value and maturity to the project."
The concept behind the project
It looks to create an ‘ultimate’ Alfa, making a bold statement about the future of the company and the brand’s identity, whilst considering the company’s rich heritage, its tradition and how people perceive the brand.
Alfa Romeo is one of the few brands that are capable of creating truly timeless designs that have strong emotional appeal.
The company has recently been repositioned in the Fiat brand portfolio to be grouped with Maserati for future product-developments.
The concept’s closest market competitors are the Mercedes Benz CLS or BMW 6-Series, both luxury coupes that are technically excellent but lack the spirit and emotion that can be offered by an Italian company.