The CANT Z.1018 bomber was designed by Engineer Zappata.
An early design (prototypes) of the CANT Z.1018 was of wood but it wasn't developed. The production CANT Z.1018 was of all metal construction.
There was a Caproni Lanciani Delta F turret in the dorsal position with a 12.7 mm gun installed.
The following engines were tried in the prototypes:
- Piaggio P.XII R.C.35, radial, 1,500 HP
- Piaggio P.XV R.C.45, radial, 1,400 HP
- Alfa Romeo 135 R.C.32, radial, 1,400 HP
- FIAT R.A.1050 R.C.58 Tifone (typhoon), liquid cooled, 1,475 HP