Italdesign Giugiaro has finally revealed its Geneva Motor Show concept, the Brivido. The car uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain and is designed as a four-seat GT car. The company says the Brivido mixes the performance of a supercar with "respect for the environment and the most advanced technology."
There are few details on the plug-in hybrid driveline, but Italdesign Giugiaro says the powertrain is sourced from corporate parent Volkswagen. There is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine producing 360 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor/generator. The company claims a 0-to-62-mph run of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph.
The carbon-fiber and aluminum body features large glass openings for the roof, rear window, and doors; the gullwing doors are made almost entirely of glass save for a small bar bisecting their openings. Italdesign Giugiaro says this design not only improves driving visibility, but also makes the light and airy cabin more pleasant for occupants. The hood slopes gently toward a low and wide mesh grille; the stubby tail is almost vertical and stacks unique LED taillights atop a silver diffuser with twin parallelogram-shaped exhaust openings. There is just one large door for each side, allowing front- and rear-seat passengers to enter at the same time.
The four-place interior features a special Apple iPad dock in the passenger-side dashboard, allowing the passenger to use their iPad while connected to the dashboard or store it in a special compartment. The passenger also is privy to a secondary instrument panel allowing them to monitor vehicle speed and trip information, or to adjust the infotainment system. A touch-screen interface resides in the car's center stack, accompanied by fourteen physical buttons on the center console.
Other neat tricks include cameras that fold into the cars fenders, replacing traditional side-view mirrors; and a pair of touchpads on the steering wheel that allow the driver to manipulate the climate control, infotainment system, lights, and more without taking his or her hands off the wheel.The seat cushions are also slightly asymmetrical so that it's easier to slide in and out of the Brivido when its large doors are open. Finally, the car rides on self-leveling air suspension designed for maximum comfort.
Italdesign, as usual, is unlikely to actually build this concept car. Although the company says its concept car is functional and "can easily be released into the market," Italdesign concedes that the Brivido is just a design and styling exercise.
The design studio also showed off a restyled version of the small Volkswagen Up! called the azzura, which was created by Italian designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and Walter de Silva. The Up! adopts a nautical theme because it is supposed to fit in at glitzy marinas around the world. Unlike the regular Up! hatchback, the azzura has neither doors nor a roof. Almost all of the interior materials are waterproof, including the blue leather seats, mahogany wood dashboard trim, and chrome accents. Italdesign Giugiaro says the Up! azzura " lets the driver and passengers enjoy the summer breezes, as if they were aboard a boat." It is purely a concept vehicle.
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