Photography by Bizzarinni
02 February 2023
Bizzarrini, the Italian sports car brand that was recently bought and revived by an investment firm back in 2020, has released images and specs for its first modern supercar, the Giotto.
Named after company founder, Giotto Bizzarrini, this is a limited-run super sports car focused on delivering Italian design, exceptional luxury and the ultimate dedication to driving enjoyment.
Bizzarrini is the Italian motorsport marque founded in 1964 by legendary engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, an iconic name in Italian automotive history.
The marque was reborn in 2020 under new ownership to bring together the finest design, craftsmanship and engineering excellence for a new generation of collectors and enthusiasts.
In the Giotto, a partnership first established 60 years ago is rekindled, with Giorgetto Giugiaro penning the design alongside his son Fabrizio.
A young Giugiaro, while at Bertone, contributed to the design of the Bizzarrini 5300 GT, so naturally there was no more qualified an individual to establish the design language of the first entirely new Bizzarrini model.
Classic low-slung supercar proportions are seamlessly blended with core elements of our signature design DNA. The prominent dual bonnet-mounted vents of the original models from the brand are evolved into a new frontal visual character for the Giotto, incorporating ultra-slimline LED headlights. As the vents converge in the centre of the bonnet, they cradle a prominent centre-mounted Bizzarrini badge, just as it was framed on the iconic 5300 GT.
In profile, the Giotto is marked out by a reimagining of the 5300 GT’s triangular B-pillar and a rear windscreen that wraps so far around the rear it almost seems to cascade onto the wheel arches. Rear-mid-engined, rather than front-mid-engined like the 5300 GT, the predatorial forward stance of the Giotto is a visual representation of power driving from behind and conveys the might of the power unit. The tail gently tapers and curves away gracefully, creating an aerodynamic teardrop shape.
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro comments; “To have the opportunity to design an entirely new car from Bizzarrini is a privilege. Our two names are united in nearly six decades of history and a series of now iconic designs.
“With the Giotto, we honour the past but we focus wholly on the future. Designed for purpose, and incorporating active aerodynamic technologies, we have created something that is both recognisably Bizzarrini and totally relevant for an entirely new era of this cherished Italian brand.”
“In the Giotto, the same rare set of diverse skills possessed by the founder of Bizzarrini have come to inform the character of the new car, the Giotto will be defined ultimately by how it makes a driver feel.
“We have now deliberately and authentically recreated Giotto’s vision by choosing not to only chase acceleration times or lap records, and developing a car that appeals to those experienced drivers seeking purity, authenticity and rarity.
“The Giotto is vocal and emotive, it’s mechanical and it’s tactile. But it’s also incredibly practical and luxurious, delivered with the personality and emotion of a bespoke Italian brand.”
“Further technical details will be revealed here later this year, as we will again look to our heritage for powertrain options.
“Bizzarrini’s work on the first Lamborghini V12 provides inspiration, with an exclusive naturally aspirated V12 engine in development.”
Designed to meet Bizzarrini-specific performance, drivability, emissions compliance and emotive targets, the V12 will be paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
One of Giotto Bizzarrini’s most valuable talents was his ability to push the limits of contemporary engineering. The Giotto, just like earlier models, makes use of the lightest, strongest and most advanced materials available today with a bespoke carbon fibre body, intricately sculpted to intersect the mindsets of the designer, engineer and driver.
The car will be based on a composite body structure – designed to meet or exceed worldwide safety standards, using technologies and manufacturing processes developed in top-tier motorsport.
Testing begins in 2024, the Giotto is the centerpiece of the brand’s future as an exclusive supercar manufacturer.
“It forms the heart of a ten-year strategy that will see additional variants and more Revival models from Bizzarrini while also firmly placing this historic and revered name among the very best performance brands in the world.”