Giugiaro is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the Pentacour - a Gran Turismo concept car that draws inspiration from the discipline "invented" by David Belle in France in the 1980s. Parcour is a two-seat car that combines elements from an SUV, a crossover, a GT and a mid-engine sports car. The concept will be offered in both coupe and roadster configurations.
The model is powered by a Lamborghini -sourced 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just in 3.6 seconds. The concept is offered with four different driving modes — Comfort, Sport, Off-road and Ice — each being distinguished by a different color on the dashboard: white, red, orange and respectively blue.
On the exterior, the new Pentacour will feature two distinguishing traits: the A-pillar is detached from the windscreen and also acts as a deflector, while the rear pillar is designed to direct the air over the bonnet and toward the retractable spoiler. It sits on 22-inch wheels that raise the car from the ground significantly.
UPDATE 04/17/13: A new promo video of the Giugiaro Parcour has been released. Check it out by clicking on the photo above. Enjoy!
UPDATE 7/11/13: Car and Driver got a crack at the Parcour concept and it made a video of this sweet crossover/SUV/supercar doing its thing. You can see the video after the jump.
Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.
Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.
In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.
Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
Next to the standard Brivido , Italdesign-Giugiaro has also unveiled a racing version for the concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This concept was developed in cooperation with Martini Racing and was built as a competitor for the usual GT racing series.
The car is distinguished by the typical GT racing features: miniskirts, bumpers and bonnet redesigned so to enhance aerodynamics and two big spoilers granting stability. The front has also received a sharper nose full of splitters and of course that there has been installed another set of rims. And if you also add that cool white paint combined with blue-red racing stripes you obtain the perfect racing car. Too bad it won’t actually be raced, but for an exercise it looks very good.
Giugiaro said nothing about the powertrain of this racing car, but most likely it will be identical to the standard Brivido: a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 360 HP and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
UPDATE 12/03/12: The Italdesign Brivido Martini Racing was on-hand at the 2012 Essen Show showcasing its iconic color scheme. To coincide with the car gracing Essen, a batch of photos of the supercar has been added to the gallery! Check it out!
Italdesign-Giugiaro sent out a number of teaser images ahead of Geneva to get the ball rolling on their new hybrid sports car concept, but the day finally came for the new Brivido to take its place in the spotlight. The Brivido was built to celebrate the company’s 42nd appearance in Geneva and to show that impressive performance can be obtained without compromising fuel economy.
With that path in mine, Italdesign-Giugiaro created a functional, hybrid, four-seat prototype on mechanics from the Volkswagen Group. It is painted in a very cool Xirallic pearl luster red and combines elements like aluminum, carbon fiber, and glass. The car’s interior was developed in cooperation with the Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Lab (ERL) in California and includes a unique docking system in the dashboard that allows an iPad to be completely hidden away or, with a gesture of the hand, partially exposed to work in a "Minimal" interaction mode.
The concept is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 360 HP and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Nothing about that says hybrid to us, but that’s because the company has opted to leave the public out of the loop in terms of the hybrid portion of the engine. Performance figures, however, were provided, which is a nice change of pace. The Brivido can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 171 mph.
UPDATE 03/06/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido.
UPDATE 06/11/12: The Italdesign-Giugiaro Brivido was in attendance at the recent 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. As always, Marchettino was in attendance and he caught the super car in all its glory. Check out the video after the jump!
Hit the jump for more details on the Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido.
After we have seen the first teaser image of the upcoming Italdesign Giugiaro concept now is time to see a teaser video of the upcoming mystery model. We still have no name or a general view of the car, but from what we can see from this teaser video it will look very promising.
The new teaser video seems to be unveiling lots of details on the new concept car, but in fact it doesn’t show anything. Still you can notice that the new Italdesign Giugiaro concept will be defined by cutting edges, a sporty and futuristic look. What we like the most are the headlamps and of course that impressive orange exterior paint.
We will get back with new details on the Giugiaro concept next week when it will be unveiled in Geneva. Stay tuned!
Not a lot of information has been given as far as Italdesign’s concept car is concerned. Even the single teaser photo of the car doesn’t say a whole lot because it’s so up close that it’s hard to decipher what part of the car it is.
Nevertheless, the influx of Italian design houses that are headed to Geneva has made these concept cars even more attractive. Hopefully, Italdesign Giugiaro reveals more of the still-unknown concept car leading up to the opening of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on March 6.
Something about this one teaser photo leads us to believe that we’ll be completely blown away by this concept.
It’s not unlikely that when a company undergoes some major ownership changes, they find ways to make a "comeback" of sorts to bring their name back onto the lips of automotive journalists everywhere, and not just for their paper shuffling buy-outs. Just look at the Saab-Spyker negotiations and the plethora of vehicles offered once the transfer was complete for a true-to-life example of this scenario. Now Italdesign Giugiaro - the same guys credited for their work on some of the greatest supercars to date - is getting ready to leave their recent Volkswagen buyout in the past with a new concept car which will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
Italdesign Giugiaro hasn’t released any real details on the new concept just yet, but they have revealed their seemingly obligatory teaser image in order to rouse up some interest in the new concept before its debut. They have even launched an official web page for this yet-to-be-seen concept with a countdown to Geneva. If you’re wondering, we’re about six days away from the show at the time of this posting.
The only thing we could get from the obscure website information thus far, is that we believe the new concept will be either a hybrid or an electric vehicle, although our bets are on a full electric model showing its face at the show. They’ve waited this long for the unveiling, so why settle for a hybrid.
All in all, we are pretty excited about the new concept from Italdesign Giugiaro. The only thing that would burst our bubble is if the new concept turned out to be one of the two Volkswagen Group concepts in which Giugiaro had a hand in designing. We’ll just have to wait until March 3rd, 2011 with our fingers crossed for a new concept to get the answer to that.
UPDATE 02/23/11: All the build-up Volkswagen and Guigiaro were planning for their Geneva offering went for naught as teaser images of the two concepts - yep, there are two! - were revealed only a day after the German automaker released a teaser image of one of the concepts. No names were given on the cars, but it looks like one of the concepts will be a special iteration of the Volkswagen Golf whereas the other could very well be a future Volkswagen Polo model. In any case, check out the photos in the photo gallery and take a look at two concepts Volkswagen and Giugiaro Italia have in store for us at the Geneva Motor Show.