TURIN – Italian design house Bertone returns to the Geneva auto show after a two-year absence with an Alfa Romeo concept which is a true dream car, with no plans for production.
Called Pandion, after a fish hawk known for its long wings, the car has rear-hinged, long doors that when fully opened stand 3.6 meters (12 feet) tall.
The Pandion is a running prototype of a 2+2 coupe based on the 440-hp, 4.7-liter V8 rear-drive Maserati GranTurismo platform. Alfa uses the same platform for its 8C Competizione limited-edition supercar.
The wildly styled Pandion, with its futuristic take on the classic Alfa grille and a rear end that looks like it's going to warp, is meant to be a celebration of Alfa's centennial this year.
The Pandion is the first new model Bertone is debuting since it returned to control of the founder-family heirs.
In December 2009, Lilli Bertone regained control of the famous Italian design house that bears her name.
Bertone, 74, said she had acquired the Bertone trademark as well as patents and historical files covering the company's 97 years of activity from a Turin bankruptcy court.
Bertone's fortunes declined after the death of Lilli Bertone's husband, Nuccio, in 1997. The company's manufacturing arm, Carrozzeria Bertone, entered bankruptcy protection in February 2008.
Fiat S.p.A. bought Bertone's factory near Turin in August, and it plans to build up to 50,000 units annually of two Chrysler-based vehicles for sale in Europe starting in late 2011.