The Corvette “slash” Zagato’s new modern-day “Corvato” supercar is a salute to where American muscle meets Italian design. The coachbuilder is Zagato, the engine is an American Muscle, and the lines are definitely reminiscent of Coachbuilder Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone.
Officially called the “Zagato Iso Rivolta GTZ”, personally I have been calling it the “Corvatto”, the car is a lightning bolt on wheels with some amazing features, One such feature is the supercharged V-8 Chevy Small Block LT4 6.2-liter engine that grinds out 660 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Amazingly, the engine launches the car from 0 to 60 in only 3.2 seconds – with a top speed of 195 mph.
Taming the Corvatto GTZ engine are two extra-wide 19-inch front wheels, and two giant 20-inch wheels on the rear. The engine-to-tires translator is an eight-speed automatic transmission that was used in the Corvette Z06. Holding it all together is a bespoke Zagato carbon fiber kit that allows for an extra reduction in weight.
The Corvette Zagato Iso Rivolta GTZ car is definitely an homage to the 1960s Italian design and a tribute to American Muscle. The “Corvatto” is a new breed of international car building for supercars.
In a recent interview with Zagato, “The interest is overwhelming, Zagato says, “we’ve already sold nine of the 19 total Iso Rivolta GTZs it plans to produce, so if you want one, you better secure your build slot quickly.”
With the “Corvatto’s GTX Supercar” limited products, only 19 lucky car collectors are going to be the legal braggers of this beautiful new supercar. And, after writing this article and studying the details, I think they are right!.
I think Zagato was right, “They won’t last long”.
Iso was an Italian manufacturer founded by Renzo Rivolta in 1953 that produced a number of cars, many of them featuring Chevy engines, before going bankrupt while under his son’s guidance in 1974. Zagato re-introduced the brand to the public with the 2017 Rivolta Zagato Vision Gran Turismo, a fictional concept designed for the Gran Turismo video game series, but now it’s decided to produce a real-world Iso revival vehicle for collectors to buy.
Zagato is an Italian independent coachbuilding company and total design centre based in Milan, Italy. The company is known for designing and developing special super lightweight bodies for sports cars for various car manufacturers around the world..
About Corvette: Wikipedia
“The Chevrolet Corvette, colloquially known as the ‘Vette, is a two-door, two-passenger sports car manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet across more than 60 years of production and eight design generations. From 1953 to 2019, it was front-engined, and since 2020, it is mid-engined. With its generations noted sequentially from C1 to C8, the Corvette serves as Chevrolet’s halo vehicle and is widely noted for its performance and distinctive plastic—either fiberglass or composite—bodywork.”
“In 1953, when GM executives were looking to name the new Chevrolet sports car, assistant director for the Public Relations department Myron Scott suggested Corvette after the small maneuverable warship—and the name was approved. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept and was followed ten years later by the 1963 second generation, in coupe and convertible styles. Originally manufactured in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette has been manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky since 1981.”
“The Corvette has since become widely known as “America’s Sports Car.” Automotive News wrote that after ‘starring’ in the early 1960s television show Route 66, the Corvette became synonymous with freedom and adventure,” ultimately becoming both “the most successful concept car in history and the most popular sports car in history.”