With a name like that, you know this car is something truly special. Italian coachbuilder and design house Carrozzeria Viotti from Turin announced the launch of the Willys AW380 Berlineta, a modern day interpretation of the old Alpine sports car, and a tribute to the prestigious Willys brand.
Nicknamed by its makers the Interlagos, the Willys AW380 looks like a Renault Alpine 108 to you and me, but in Brazil, where it originates, they know it as their first local sports car called Willys. The brand is associated with some of the biggest names in Brazil’s motorsport history, including Fittipaldi brothers, Luis Pereira Bruno, Bird Clemente and Wilsinho.
On display at the Bologna motor show, Willys AW380 is designed by Emanuele Bomboi based on the Porsche 911. The car is also powered by the most powerful engine in Porsche’s armory, which is a 3.8 liter flat-six boosted with two turbocharges to develop 610 horsepower. Power goes to the rear wheels via a 6-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters. The manufacturer claims the AW380 can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds.
Being a powerful, bespoke sports car, Willys AW380 Interlagos is justifiably very expensive. It will go into production in January 2015 for a limited run of just 110 vehicles, each starting from 380,000 Euros.