Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Will Cost you $2.4 Million
The Italdesign Zerouno Roadster will cost $2.4 million, $500,000 more than its coupe counterpart. That’s how much you’ll have to pay for the limited-run supercar, though, considering how fast the coupe version sold out with a $1.9 million price tag, Italdesign shouldn’t have any problems moving inventory once the Zerouno Roadster makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Italdesign is Going Topless with the Zerouno Convertible at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
The Italdesign Zerouno first made waves at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It caused a ruckus at the show as all five production models were gobbled up in record time. A year after the Zerouno’s dramatic unveiling, Italdesign is headed back to the dance with a convertible version of its niche supercar, called the Zerouno Roadster. Care to venture a guess how long it takes before Italdesign sells out its allocation of these drop-top beauties?
2018 Italdesign Zerouno
I think there’s little doubt that the Lamborghini Huracan is an incredible machine. First introduced in 2014 at the Geneva Auto Show, the Huracan hit the scene as a replacement for the hugely popular Lamborghini Gallardo, and despite the sizable shoes it had to fill, the Huracan has succeeded in becoming a smash hit across several markets. However, that popularity has left some well-heeled collectors wanting more – more style, more speed, and most importantly, more exclusivity. That’s where a company like Italdesign comes in. Based out of Torino, Italy, Italdesign employs some 1,000 employees in the production of limited-edition models of high-end OEM vehicles. The company’s latest effort is this – the Zerouno, a bespoke Huracan rocking new aero and a custom cabin appointment, all of which raises the mid-engine supercar to new heights of desirability.
Revealed during the 87th annual Geneva International Motor Show earlier in 2017, Italdesign later brought the Zerouno to the concept lawn at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. There in California, the Zerouno quickly drew a crowd of onlookers thanks to its aggressive and unique look. The Zerouno is the very first offering from the new Italdesign Automobili Speciali custom sub-brand, and is limited at just five units total, with pricing starting well into the seven-figure range. Read on for the specs on what makes this thing tick, and what makes it unique.
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Don’t Hold Your Breath On Scoring An Italdesign Zerouno
Italdesign Automobili Speciali’s first foray into the niche supercar segment has turned out to be a big hit after the newly-minted automaker announced that all examples of the Zerouno supercar are all accounted for. That’s five units, each priced comfortably north of seven figures. All of them. Sold out.
Keep in mind that while the Zerouno does have the beating heart of the Lamborghini Huracán – a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that pumps out 610 horsepower – the car itself has an entirely original body, a design product from the genius designers over at Italdesign. So it’s not a car that’s masquerading as a different model by simply having a different badge on it. The Zerouno is an original work, the first to come out of Italdesign’s Automobili Speciali division that was created earlier this year for the specific purpose of developing its own performance models under the Volkswagen Group umbrella. To this point, the company has actually built just two of the five models of the Zerouno. The first model was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to coincide with the brand’s launch. The second is expected to make its debut at Pebble Beach in a little under two weeks. The remaining three models will be built at a later date, each to its customer’s exact specifications.
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Italdesign’s Zerouno Supercar Is A Home Run Of A Debut Offering
The newly created Italdesign Automobile Speciali brand isn’t wasting any time launching its first model to the (affluent) masses. From the roots of famed car styling house Italdesign, the new marque is presenting the Zerouno at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, an ultra-exclusive V-10 powered supercar that certainly looks and acts like one.
Power and performance numbers haven’t been announced, but in terms of the way it looks, the Zerouno is as good of a debut that Italdesign Automobili Speciali could have had. It’s got elements of the Lamborghini Huracán in it, particularly in the front and rear sections. The similarities to Lamborghini’s supercar extends deeper too since the Zerouno also makes use of a modular chassis with lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum, just like the regular Huracán. Even the car’s powertrain is also identical to the Huracán’s – a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 that’s mounted behind the cabin – although power figures are expected to be different. And if those qualities aren’t enough, the Zerouno also features an accented aerodynamic layout, which the company says was done to ensure that the car performs on the track as well as it looks on the Geneva show floor.
Beyond all the design features and the promise of muscle-flexing power, the Zerouno also creates a high standard for Italdesign Automobile Speciali as it tries to embark on its own as a boutique auto brand.
The design house has come a long way since it was acquired by the Volkswagen Group in 2010. As far as debut offerings are concerned, the Italdesign Zerouno supercar is certainly making a good account of itself. All that’s left now is for the car to hit the road and prove it’s real worth.
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2018 Lamborghini Huracan By Italdesign
Lambo introduced us to its Huracan hurricane in 2014 as a replacement for the seemingly endlessly popular Lamborghini Gallardo. With the Gallardo’s successful past looming large, the Huracan had some mighty big shoes to fill, tasked with becoming the Italian automaker’s best-selling model in the lineup. So far, the Huracan has done well in that regard, thanks in no small part to a surprising number of special edition models and limited runs. Now, joining the list is this new special edition from Italdesign, an engineering and design company based out of Moncalieri that decided the Raging Bull just wasn’t angry enough from the factory. As such, Italdesign gave the Huracan this wild-looking all-composite exterior treatment, transforming the Lambo into something that looks like it was plucked from an arcade racing game frequented by Ritalin-toting ADD cases. Only five will be produced, with production slated to stop by the end of the year.
Coinciding with the release of the limited-run Huracan, Italdesign, which has worked closely with Lambo in the past, is also introducing the Italdesign Automobili Speciali brand, so it’s likely we’ll see similar treatments sometime in the near future.
Italdesign says its upgraded Huracan is “intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts, [and] it combines racing car features and performance alongside type-approval for use on normal roads.”
Sure thing, Italdesign. Because after all, who wouldn’t wanna drive a race-ready Lambo down to the shops for a quart of milk?
This customized Lambo will make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show alongside an exclusive Excalibur Spider timepiece from watchmaker Roger Dubuis, signaling a collaborative partnership between the two companies. No price has been announced for the car, but rest assured it’s firmly in the “if you have to ask” category. As reference, the “normal” Lamborghini Huracan retails for about $230,000, give or take.
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Italdesign Is (Finally!) Spreading Its Wings With Boutique Brand Announcement
For years, Italdesign has treated us with some incredible concepts, from the Brivido to the Gea to the GTZero Concept. None of these cars ended up making production, but that could all change moving forward after the Italian design firm announced plans to launch a new sub-brand that will be dedicated solely to the production of “ultra low series production cars.”
The new boutique brand is called Italdesign Automobile Speciali, and a big part of its objective is to bring some of the design firm’s concepts to life, even if these cars will only run in limited numbers. It’s still unclear which of these concepts will find their way into production, but the firm’s showcase model for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show - a yet-to-be-named concept that’s only been seen through a handful of teasers - is a good bet to be Italdesign Automobile Specilai’s debut piece.
Unclear status aside, the new brand does have something to tout: a new logo that the company says was inspired by the emblem of the Italian city of Turin, which prominently features a bull. Filippo Perini, Italdesign’s head of innovation design, described it as such, saying that the design was inspired by the symbol of the City of Turin. “In this city, the history of Italian automobile was born, the most famous and prestigious carmakers were born, as well as the ’coachbuilders‘ who made the Italian car design famous worldwide,” Perini added. It comes as no surprise then that the new brand’s logo also highlights a bull’s head - or heads depending on how your eyes perceive - encased in a Superman-like crest with the words “Italdesign Automobile Speciali wrapped around it.
Beyond the launch of the new logo, the immediate future of Italdesign Automobile Speciali could have some clarity in it when its latest concept hits the showroom floor in Geneva this coming March. Don’t be surprised if said concept even comes wearing the new company’s new badge. That’s at least one way for the new sub-brand to make a splash as it embarks on a future that’s now beaming with possibilities.
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Giugiaro To Design Chinese Supercar
Giorgetto Giugiaro, one of Italy’s most famous automobile designers, will help design a supercar for startup Chinese company Techrules. The new project, which aims to create a production version of the GT96 concept shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, also includes designer Fabrizio Giugiaro and engineering and production specialist L.M. Gianetti.
Techrules’ first production model is set to debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next March. "Techrules and its partners will be finalizing the supercar’s development and fine-tuning its manufacturing processes" by then, the company said in a statement.
"The level of interest in our technology and our next-generation electric cars proves that we have a formula that can make a major impact," Techrules chairman William Jin added, without providing details as to when the supercar will hit the marked and how many will be built.
The GT96 concept features a turbine-recharging powertrain that uses a micro-turbine to generate electricity to charge a battery pack. The latter powers the six motors that send 1,030 horsepower and an incredible 6,300 pound-feet of torque to the wheels. The technology is highly efficient and reduces the number of batteries needed in the car, which saves both weight and space. A prototype tested at the Silverstone track revealed a 0-to-62 mph sprint of only 2.5 seconds, identical to that of the Ferrari LaFerrari and Tesla Model S with the new 100-kWh battery pack and Ludicrous Mode.
The GT96 is also Giugiaro’s biggest project since leaving Italdesign Giugaro, a company he’s been leading since 1968. Both Giorgetto and Fabrizio left Italdesign in 2015, after the selling the remaining part of his company to Audi. Giorgetto and Fabrizio have since set up a new firm called GFG Progetti. While working at Bertone, Ghia, and Italdesign, Giugiaro has designed several iconic cars, including the Aston Martin DB4 GT, BMW M1, DeLorean DMC-12, Ferrari 250 GT SWD, Lotus Esprit, Maserati Ghibli, and the first-generation Volkswagen Golf.
As for L.M. Gianetti, it was founded in 1966 and has engineered several vehicles for Fiat, Abarth, and Alfa Romeo. The company has the capacity to produce up to 25 vehicles a year.
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Design house Italdesign is looking to broaden its horizons by launching partnerships with new automakers and technological giants in an attempt to reduce its reliance on the Volkswagen Group, of which it is a part of. Company CEO Joerg Astalosch made the proclamation to Auto News, hinting that the company would be open to working with the likes of Tesla, Google, or Apple in the event any of these companies are looking to partner with an automotive design firm.
The company’s goal is clear: it wants to expand its customer base after becoming too reliant on working with automakers that are a part of the Volkswagen umbrella. That has been the case since 2010 when the company was bought and placed under Lamborghini to keep VW’s Italian holdings bundled together. Since that time, a majority of the company’s concept models have been based off of the Volkswagen Group’s 12 brands, including Lamborghini and Audi.
It’s a sound business methodology for a time, but it also doesn’t foster the kind of growth that the company is after. So now Italdesign is prepared to do business with automakers outside of the Volkswagen Group. It’s unlikely that it will go as far as working with rivals of some of the companies under the VW Group like Ferrari, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz. But other than that, the company is now open to working with “major players in all relevant markets” in order to diversity its own offerings. It’s a smart, low-risk, high-reward business strategy that gives Italdesign more options to work with as it attempts to increase its own business portfolio.
There’s no word yet on what company Italdesign has already teamed up with, but with this new direction, it’s exciting to see what the design house is capable of if, say, Apple jumps on board and asks Italdesign to develop the look of its future autonomous vehicle.
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2016 Italdesign GTZero Concept
Italdesign Giugiaro has a habit of using the Geneva Motor Show as a showcase for some of its creations. Some of its past works include the Gea, the Brivido, and the Parcour. This year, the Italian coach builder is coming back to the scene of its greatest triumphs with a new project that once again proves that when it comes to Geneva, Italdesign isn’t pulling any punches. The model is called the GTZero, a conceptual shooting brake electric vehicle that pushes the boundaries of conventional design.
If Italdesign was going for “futuristic” with the GTZero, then consider the final product a job well done. If anything, it’s going to be a hard car to miss at Geneva. The overall design looks sharp and at certain angles, it looks like a million bucks. But it does have one glaring eyesore, something I will dive into after the jump. Its powertrain comes in the form of three electric motors that work in concert to produce an impressive amount of power, at least as far as electric vehicles are concerned.
Italdesign doesn’t usually build the cars it presents in auto shows like Geneva so don’t expect to see the GTZero in production form anytime soon. But for what it’s worth, the concept succeeds in giving us a nice look at what makes for an outstanding electric shooting brake vehicle.
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Italian car design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro has stepped down from the design and engineering firm he founded in 1968. Giugiaro, 76, recently sold his remaining 9.9-percent stake in Italdesign Giugiaro to the Volkswagen Group’s Audi. Giugiaro sold the other 90.1 percent of stake to Audi via Lamborghini in 2010. The deal makes Italdesign Giugiaro a fully integrated subsidiary of the Volkswagen AG.
A statement from Italdesign Giugiaro says Giugiaro resigned from his position of honorary chairman “...to dedicate more time to his passions and personal interests.” The shares were co-owned with his son Fabrizio, 50, who is also leaving the company.
“The Company’s growth is and will be constant,” the statement continued. “Some 50 new hires are planned within the end of the current year. Since 2010, some 200 new employers joined the Company. Giugiaro’s decision to leave Italdesign, will neither affect the activities, nor the Company’s growth process.”
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In February 2015, Italdesign Giugiaro began teasing a new concept car for the Geneva Auto Show, and now with the show upon us, we have all of the details on this new model. Dubbed the Gea, this ultra-luxurious, futuristic rig shows what the future may hold for the automotive realm, specifically in terms of autonomous driving and EV technology. Unfortunately, this is simply a concept that has no production plans as of March 4, 2015.
The outward appearance of the Gea is sleek and sexy, but also pretty basic at the same time. The interior, on the other hand, is filled with all sorts of goodies, which shows that this model is all about moving people as comfortably as possible. As with all concepts, this model requires a grain of salt, as many of the features will likely never be part of a production vehicle, but there are some elements that I can see making their way onto a production car in the not-too-distant future.
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In 2012, Italdesign Giugiardo brought the Brivido to the Geneva Auto Show, then in 2013 and 2014 it brought the 2013 Parcour and 2014 Clipper, respectively. Now here we are with another Geneva Auto Show set to kick off on March 3, 2015, and Italdesign Giugiardo is teasing a new concept to show off at its 45th straight appearance at the show.
Unfortunately, this teaser images shows us precisely nothing, except the red “G” emblem. Typically, the company is interested in showing off its prowess as a sports car designer, but last year’s Clipper six-seat hatchback threw a monkey wrench in that whole thing. Sure, it was a hot-hatch, with a 298-horsepower drivetrain, but it looked nothing like a sports car.
Given that the Clipper was more of an exception to the rule for the Italian automaker, I think it’s safe to assume that what we are looking at is a preview of a new concept sports car.
The Geneva show is just around the corner, so we won’t have to wait months just to find out if this is anything worth our time. If you’re heading to the show, you can see this concept at stand 2157 in hall 2 at 2:30 p.m. local time. We’ll bring you all of the details once the automaker reveals them.
Every year, Italdesign Giugiaro comes to the Geneva Motor Show; and every year it brings something completely loony (in a good way) to the party.
This time around, the Italian design house might have outdone itself completely with the unveiling of the Clipper, a peculiar-looking MPV whose eccentricity can’t be measured at least until you see what its fully capable of.
For a company that given us the Parcour and the Brivido in past auto shows, the Clipper certainly fits into that edgy design and sharpness that its two predecessors had.
But arguably the most interesting parts about the Clipper are its similarities with the Volkswagen Tex Concept it designed for VW at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. That, or our eyes are just playing tricks on us.
In any case, this is the Clipper MPV, folks. Chances are, you won’t see another one quite like it in the near future.
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Giugiaro celebrated its 45th anniversary with the Parcour - a Gran Turismo concept car that drew inspiration from the discipline "invented" by David Belle in France in the 1980s. The Parcour is a two-seat car that combineed the elements of an SUV, a crossover, a GT and a mid-engine sports car. The concept was 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!
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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!
Italian design houses are all headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with their own respective concept cars. Leading up to one of the world’s biggest auto shows, we’ve already seen teasers from Pininfarina, Bertone, and Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.
Now you can add Italdesign Giugiaro to that list.
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.