Updated: Nov 28, 2020
The Alfa Romeo Proteo concept which was unveiled at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show was a proposal for a high-performance, high-tech two seat sports car.
Styled by the prolific designer Walter de'Silva, the Proteo was based on a shortened platform borrowed from the Alfa Romeo 164 3.0 litre V6 saloon. The Proteo featured the same 260 horsepower V6 powerplant as the 164, and power was sent to all four wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. The Proteo also featured 4-wheel steering in an effort to improve low speed maneuverability and high speed stability.
Shortly after the Proteo was debuted Alfa Romeo announced their plans to produce the car in limited numbers of around 2,000 examples. Three fully functional prototypes were even constructed lending credibility to the news. Unfortunately only weeks before the car was due to go into final development and production, the head honcho's at Alfa Romeo decided that the project was too risky financially and pulled the plug.