The new Bizzarrini Giotto is a supercar in the grand Italian tradition.


A mid-mounted V12 engine, Giugiaro styling and a name you’ll almost certainly mispronounce – it’s the 1960s all over again.

While any number of automakers are named after their founders, it’s no small feat to name a car after the person who built it. Lamborghini still doesn’t have Ferruccio, nor does Porsche and Ferdinand.

And only when the Ferrari team was absolutely sure that what they had created would honor (and satisfy) the company’s founder, did they attach Enzo’s name to their creation.

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So for the revived and relaunched Bizzarrini to name its first new car Giotto? Well, it’s better to scratch.

But for a fair portion of the car world, the first question to answer would be too early: up to scratch with what?

Well, the cars built by Bizzarrini were also styled, engineered and tested by Giotto Bizzarrini – yes, he was a genius in that regard – except for the Manta concept. Manta was actually the first commission for a newly founded studio called Italdesign and its founder, Giorgetto Giugiaro. So the Giugiaro design kind of works historically. Plus, it has a pretty solid advantage… you know, designed by Giugiaro.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to design a brand new car from Bizzarrini,” said Giugiaro. “Our two names are united in nearly six decades of history and a series of now-iconic designs. With Giotto, we respect the past but we focus squarely on the future. Designed for purpose, and functional Incorporating aerodynamic technologies, we have created something that is recognisably Bizzarrini and completely relevant for a brand new era of this beloved Italian brand.”

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The classic Bizzarrinis were also devilishly fast – as we said, Giotto was a bit of a genius – which means the new ones will need to measure up too. This, apparently, will be solved with the application of 12 cylinders, arranged in a V shape. That’s a good thing, of course, but there’s another historical hiccup: the original Bizzarrinis used the same American V8 muscle as the Iso and Jensen. So what gives with the V12?

Well, if the name Bezzarini makes you think of Lamborghini for any reason, you’re halfway there – Mr. B was responsible for the Lamborghini V12, an astonishing powerplant that powered the entire five-wheel drive before retirement. For decades it powered the raging bulls. So the V12 variant works historically too. Also, having a V12 engine in the 2023 has a pretty solid advantage.

Bizzarrini CTO Chris Port said, “We now recreate Giotto’s vision in a very deliberate and authentic way, not to chase speed times or lap records, but to create a car that is pure. , should appeal to experienced drivers seeking authenticity and rarity.” “It’s sonic and emotional, it’s mechanical and it’s tactile. But it’s also incredibly practical and luxurious, delivered with the personality and emotion of a typical Italian brand.”

Bezarini are also painfully rare. Probably more by design by default, but that doesn’t change the result – final build numbers are apparently under 200. And new? Well, it’s rare by design — a “limited-run supercar” — but we’re sure a lot of thought went into the final number so it won’t run out of build slots.

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In the end, the last thing the Giotto supercar has to show – to live up to the Bizzarrini founder’s name – is some proper boldness, and a serious love for cars. We will explain.

In 1964, Giotto Bizzarrini founded his supercar company. A very bold move for an automotive engineer, even if we are talking about the same Giotto Bizzarrini who already had a hand in the Ferrari 250 GTO – and the 250 GT bread van.

Well, so it’s probably fair to say that he knew the car-making side. But even with a resume like that (which also includes the Iso Grifo and building a class-winning Le Mans car to its name), success in the supercar business takes more than that. Bizzarrini as a company therefore completely disappeared. In late 1969. Apparently, when liquidators came from Livorno’s factory to claim the last vestiges of his company, Giotto took apart and hid an entire car, rather than part of it.

So, what if the new Bezzarini loves his Giotto as much as Giotto loved his Bezzarini? They will probably fix it.

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