An off-road electric vehicle that will compete in the non-existent ’Hyper SUV’ segment

A ’hyper SUV’ called GFG Style Kangaroo from Italy will be gracing the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Although the company is relatively new and unknown, it does have a famous name behind it - Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio. The Kangaroo is billed as an SUV, although it seems pretty low slung to be classified as one. We will have more clarity on this all-wheel drive EV once it is officially launched at the Motor show.

Background

Back in 2013, Giugiaro introduced a supercar powered by Lamborghini Gallardo’s engine, but with the ground clearance of a crossover. Parcour never made it to the production, but the concept received a lot of praise for its practicality. This was back when Giugiaro owned the Italian design house called with Italdesign Giugiaro. The automotive hall-of-famer sold all his shares to Audi and is no longer associated to the company. Six years later, Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio have come up with something on similar lines. The Kangaroo is a jacked-up electric vehicle that combines the performance of a supercar and utility of a vehicle that can pounce over uneven surfaces.

Exterior

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On the onset, the Kangaroo looks absolutely fantastic. The Kangaroo is designed around an aluminum space frame with carbon fiber bodywork. Upfront, the hyper SUV features slim headlights and an aerodynamically enhanced bumper. Instead of slats, the bumper features honeycomb mesh. The Kangaroo looks wide and low slung, and the ’supercar’ effect is characterized by the body’s flowing lines.

The profile of the Kangaroo looks sweet.

The electric supercar rides on massive 22-inch Pirelli Scorpion rollers, which may not be a good idea for a vehicle that can go off-road.

The doors are an art in itself. Even though the Kangaroo features just two seats, the front suicide doors and the gullwing-fashion glass window, if I may call it so, create a scissor-like opening when they work in tandem. The exposed carbon below the doors features the moniker vinyl on either ends.

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In the back, the Kangaroo’s highlight is the giant mesh grille. It makes up for the lack of one at the front. Giugoaro has embedded the turn-signal lights into the mesh grille and flaking the license plate.

GFG says that each dot is a prism with an LED light and all of them work in cohesion to create a 'jewel' effect.

Now, that’s fancy. The recessed taillights follow the same design philosophy as the slim headlights in the front. The sportiness of the Kangaroo is further enhanced by the large air outlet.

Length 4600 mm
Width 2000 mm
Height 1290 - 1410
Wheelbase 2760
Ground Clearance Race 140 mm / Road 190 mm / Off-road 260 mm

Interior

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As expected, the cabin is as futuristic as you can expect from an EV and a supercar. The color-code matches with the orange on the outside.

The dashboard features three displays, each one allocated with a duty of its own.

The first one is placed under the crossbeam and acts as a giant rear-view mirror, showing the feed from the rear-facing camera. The second one is basically the instrument cluster, and the third one is a huge so-called infotainment system. There are two can holders right below the infotainment touchscreen, and the picture shows a fanta can placed over there. Not sure if it is a standard accessory or part of the optional package.

Drivetrain

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The powertrain and chassis were built in partnership with CH Auto, a company based out of Beijing.

The Kangaroo is powered by a pair of electric motors that produce 483 horses and 501 pound-feet of torque combined.

Power is sent to all the wheels, and the Kangaroo also features an all-wheel steering for better grip and handling. GFG has plonked a 90 kWh battery pack that is good for 280 miles on a single charge.

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The Kangaroo can hop to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds, and has an electronically-governed top speed of 155 miles per hour.

GFG has offered the Kangaroo with an adjustable suspension that comes with three selectable modes - Racing, Road, and Off-road. In the ’Racing’ mode, the Kangaroo crouches and sticks to the road to hit high speeds. In the ’Road’ setting, it raises itself by 30 mm for a smooth, urban commute. And, in the off-road setting, it raises itself 260 mm above the ground, thus justifying its ’SUV’ status.

Final Thoughts

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While I loved the Kangaroo as a whole, including the oomph factors like the scissor doors, I’m not sure how to transcribe it as an SUV. Automakers are slowly intruding the conventional territories of the body styles, but a car that clearly looks like a ’car’ and is being billed as an SUV is just ridiculous. The GFG Kangaroo, unlike its predecessor from Italdesign, is actually a running prototype and will be displayed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Will it be up for sale? We are not very sure of that yet.

Further reading

2014 Giugiaro Parcour High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2014 Giugiaro Parcour.

Italdesign's Zerouno Supercar Is A Home Run Of A Debut Offering Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Italdesign Zerouno.

2014 Giugiaro Clipper Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full review on the 2014 Giugiaro Clipper

2015 Italdesign Giugiaro Gea Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full review on the 2015 Giugiaro Gea

GFG Style shows Kangaroo Hyper-SUV at Geneva Motor Show
The new concept car by GFG Style, a two-seater, electric hyper-SUV with 4-wheel drive and
4-wheel steering, is called Kangaroo and its styling is a match for any terrain, thanks to its
functionality and technology.
“I have tried to imagine”, says Fabrizio Giugiaro, “the future of electric hedonistic cars; the
result is a concept I have believed in for some time, namely the transmission of
uncompromising passion and sportiness in one car, for any road condition: be it track, sand,
dirt or snow. A concept that can arouse excitement and meet the needs of an increasingly
demanding clientele, in search of innovative styling architectures with the maximum that
technology allows today, both inside and out”.
“Just like a kangaroo”, continues Fabrizio, “it rises up, springs into action, jumps from one
terrain to another and is fast, very fast indeed!”
This high-performance concept has already been tested on the ice-bound tracks of St.
Moritz, where it amazed everybody for its dynamism and aesthetic impact: a high performing
yet comfortable car, seemingly extreme but in fact highly rational, with forms suitable for
performance without sacrificing beauty.
THE DESIGN.
The appearance of the front already announces its ambitions, with a serious look into the
future, thanks to the headlight technology and adaptive spoiler. This appearance changes
with the configuration input, which modifies vehicle trim and adapts to the performance of the
moment.
The nose features the GFG aluminum frieze, a signature feature of GFG Style prototypes.
In keeping with the tradition of extreme Grand Tourers, the passenger layout offers two
extreme seats.
The side panel is sculpted to accommodate big 22" wheels, the car’s primary impact feature.
On the side is a very clean line that starts from the rear, and in a single sweep sketches in a
side protection carbon strip.
The rear is conceptually similar to the front, with the recessed lights generating an
expression of sportiness while overhanging a large air outlet; the latter conceals the functions
of arrow and reverse lights, through small prisms of Led crystal that create a precious "jewel
effect".
Accessibility is once again refined and innovative, as the upper part of the dome lifts up gullwing fashion, while the lower part, the door itself, has a slightly "scissors-like" opening.
Optically, the shape of the body is divided in two; both the upper part, characterised by a
large dome, and the lower part, like the bonnet, offer different chromatic solutions: they can
in fact be in exposed carbon or body colour. This can generate very different personalities
between the sportier or more elegant versions.
Special cameras and sensors are located on the roof for autonomous driving purposes, and
other cameras are slotted into the mudguards, which also include the direction lights.
The "cut" next to the door, which may look like a wing to let air in, is in fact the flap, present
on both sides, to fuel the car with two different types of charging (one fast and the other
standard).
The wheels, which are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion tyres, have also been specially designed for
the Mak to transmit dynamism, and possess an element of the same colour as the car: they
are therefore in polished, chrome-plated aluminum, black and orange.
INTERIOR.
As for the interior, the two-seats-only formula offers two sporty but surprisingly comfortable
seats with a special design featuring cushions fitted to a carbon structure so that driver and
passenger are almost "lifted up" by the seat frame, thus ensuring comfort without sacrificing
wraparound and restraining functions.
The dashboard features 3 displays with 3 different functions: the first is dedicated to
monitoring the situation around the car, as if it were a big rear-view mirror, just under the
crossbeam; the second is located in front of the steering wheel showing the general functions
of the car; the third is on the centre console and also includes two handy drink holders, to
manage everything related to entertainment and navigation.
The dashboard is designed in two parts divided by an aluminum slat, which channels the air
flows from the air conditioning: the upper part is a large leather wing, visually reminiscent of a
horse saddle that joins up with the panels, while the lower part is made of Kult fabric in a
dashing colour, in this case orange, to convey freshness, sportiness and also material
innovation.
All the materials, carbon-printed leather from Poltrona Frau and the already mentioned Kult
leather and fabric supplied by PT Pantaloni Torino, have been chosen to convey the idea of
sportiness but also practicality, considering the wide-ranging use of the car.
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS.
The electric platform was developed in collaboration with CH Auto. A carbon fibre body is
set up on an advanced space frame that houses two 180 kW motors. The body is in carbon
fibre while the wings, for minimum weight, are in polycarbonate and the windscreen in glass.
The main dynamic feature, from which the name derives, is the possibility of raising and
lowering the vehicle body by 120mm, via three configurations: Racing (140mm), dedicated to
high speed, Road (190mm) and Off-road (260mm); another feature is the camber of the
wheels that, depending on the configuration, changes to ensure a different degree of
sportiness.
The vehicle can be admired in different configurations: in addition to the running prototype, in
fact, a clay model will show a version with roof and bonnet in exposed carbon. To highlight
the possibilities of extreme use, a model will be fitted with tracks to make it usable for fun on
impervious snow-covered terrains as well as on large stretches of ice.
SUSPENSION SYSTEM.
The front and rear suspensions are made entirely of aluminum and high-strength steel with
double overlapping triangles.
The innovation of this new system is that the shock absorber unit has been replaced with a
new hydraulic system, connected to a fully adjustable 3-way shock absorber.
This hydraulic system allows you to vary vehicle trim and decouple the two springs mounted
on the shock absorber body.
In the Racing and Road configuration, the shock absorber works with a single spring, hence
with a single elastic constant "K" that configures the car with greater specific stiffness.
In the Off-road version, the shock absorber works with two springs in series, hence the
resulting elastic constant "Kr" is much lower: this allows the car to be configured with a lower
specific stiffness. This is the best condition for off-road use, absorbing more road roughness
and also tackling the rough terrain typical of off-roading in absolute comfort.
Vehicle system description:
Integration of the 4WS hydraulic system for maintaining very low turning circles even with the
use of big tyres.
Retractable splitter to improve the off-road qualities of the vehicle by increasing the ramp
angles to values higher than 26°.
TECHNICAL DATA
Brand GFG Style
Model Kangaroo
Type Hyper Suv
Seats 2
Power 360 Kw
Wheel Torque 680 Nm
Drive Wheel AWD + 4WS
Accelleration 0-100 km/h 3,8 sec.
Top Speed 250 km/h limited
All Electric Range Over 450 km
Battery Capacity 90 Kwh
Chassis Aluminum Space Frame
Body Carbon Fiber
Length 4600 mm
Width 2000 mm
Height 1290 - 1410
Wheelbase 2760
Tyres 285/45 R22
Ground Clearance Race 140 mm
Road 190 mm
Off-road 260 mm

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