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Sleek Zagato-bodied Z06 Corvettes launch rebirth of IsoRivolta brand

Carbon-fiber design is styled as tribute to the Iso Revolta A3 race car

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Iso, the automaker that merged Italian styling with American V8 power during the 1960s and ’70s, is being revived through two other revered automotive brands, Carrozzeria Zagato and Chevrolet Corvette, with a limited-production run of the 2021 IsoRivolta GTZ.

The GTZ is designed to emulate the 1963 Iso Rivolta A3/C, the competition variant of the Iso Grifo A3/L sports car, with styling by Bertone’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, engineering by Giotto Bizzarrini, and power from a small-block Chevy V8 and 4-speed transmission from the Corvette.

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(Note that the new automotive brand is IsoRivolta, combined into a single word, though with a capital R.)

The new IsoRivolta GTZ follows a similar path of the earlier Iso cars, with design by the legendary Zagato of Milan – which has restyled many cars from the world’s greatest automotive brands – applying its skill to the C7 Corvette, the final front-engine model. Now, however, the entire Corvette lies beneath the stylish carbon-fiber body, retaining the drivetrain, chassis, suspension and interior of the Chevrolet sports car.

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The Corvette of choice is the high-performance Z06 model with its 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine producing 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, putting the GTZ solidly into supercar territory. 

“Zagato presents the GTZ: the car which marks the rebirth of the IsoRivolta brand,” Zagato says on its website.  “This Gran Turismo has been designed as tribute to the iconic Iso Revolta A3 of 1963.”

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Just 19 of the IsoRivolta GTZ coupes are planned for production, with at least nine of them sold before they were built.  Pricing was not available, but expect it to cost multiple times that of a stock Corvette.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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