Based on a modified Alfa Romeo 8C platform, the BAT 11 continues some of the distinguishing elements of the original 'Berlinetta Aerodynamica Tecnica' cars designed by Franco Scaglione and developed by Nuccio Bertone. These include the tapered fins and faired wheels, all in a context where soft proportions are combined with strong, robust lines. The monolithic form has a simple dihedral bodyside section with fins that seem to have been designed as a shawl that wraps around the car beginning from the front fender and extending to the top of the side windows toward the rear.
Under the guidance of Design Director David Wilkie several designers were given the opportunity to pitch their own design in September of 2007. Valery Muller's design was eventually chosen and finalized late in 2007.
The front end is strongly tapered to a V-shape with a neat Alfa Romeo shield low down in the lean-forward nose. The V-shaped form continues into the wraparound windshield and continues at the rear, with a center fin butting up to the tapering rear window and a pair of open air extraction slots behind the rear wheels. The vast bat wings cant over at nearly 45 degrees towards the back, with the rear edge housing a pair of thin LED taillamps.
This car is not yet a road-legal coachbuilt version of the Alfa Romeo 8C, but 'just' a concept car. Bertone is thinking of a limited production run of the car now. 25 To 50 BAT 11s could become reality as part of a plan to produce very small runs of historic designs from the company's past and present. They would be custom-built vehicles, and Bertone would only do it if they sell them before they begin production.
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