Italian styling on top, Chinese EV tech underneath

While Pininfarina is best known as the pen behind such head-turners as the ’67 275 GTB/4, the ’72 Dino 246 GTS, the modern Sergio, and a slew of other models from Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, and Maserati, lately the legendary Italian design house has focused more on wild and futuristic concepts, with recent examples including the H600 luxury sedan that debuted at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, as well as the five-seat K550 SUV and seven-seat K750 SUV at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. Each of the three concepts listed is the product of a partnership between Pininfarina and the Chinese-based tech firm Hybrid Kinetic Group, and now, there’s a fourth model on offer. It’s called the HK GT, and it’s framed as an “elegant and eco-sustainable Gran Turismo with two souls,” offering both racing excitement, and comfortable eco-conscious cruising.

Updated 03/15/2018: We’ve added new pics and the latest info on the 2018 Pininfarina HK GT!

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Pininfarina HK GT.

2018 Pininfarina HK GT Exterior

  • Classic grand tourer styling
  • Long hood line
  • Broad stance
  • Rear-set cabin placement
  • Thin LED lighting
  • New grille design
  • Sleek aero-efficient design
  • Gullwing doors
  • Chrome detailing
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While certainly futuristic and sleek, the HK GT is also proportioned in such a way as to give a nod to the past, rocking a traditional GT profile.

Pininfarina teased the HK GT about a month out from its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show by showing us a pair of shadowy teaser images, but now we’ve got the entire thing captured in crystal-clear images.

While certainly futuristic and sleek, the HK GT is also proportioned in such a way as to give a nod to the past, rocking a traditional gran turismo body style and attitude. Pininfarina calls it “a classic architecture of the Italian automobile school,” of which other examples might include the Ferrari 275 GTB/4.

Standout features include a long hood line, curving character lines leading into a broad rear end, a cockpit that’s set towards the rear of the car, and a wide stance.

This is the sort of shape that just oozes speed and presence, and Pininfarina is a master of it. The automaker says the HK GT offers “compact and voluptuous volumes and surfaces with soft transitions, finely structured by subtle sharp lines.”

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This is the sort of shape that just oozes speed and presence.

Up front, we find thin headlights with individual LED projectors. The thin shape is also repeated in the rear with the taillights. The intake in front offers a “new interpretation of the HK grille,” with the chrome slats opening up to frame the headlights, all of which gets a tech-heavy look with copious lighting signatures.

Probably the most attractive angle is from the side, where we get a look at the HK GT’s gorgeous profile. More tech cues are found with the rear-facing camera stocks, which replace the traditional side-view mirrors and help to increase the car’s aero efficiency - exactly what you want for a battery-powered electric vehicle. Extra drama is added thanks to the gullwing doors for ingress and egress, which pop up to allow easy access to the back seats.

Finally, chrome molding and side vents are added for the flourish.

2018 Pininfarina HK GT Exterior Dimensions
Overall Length 4,980 mm (196.1 inches)
Overall Width 2,000 mm (78.7 inches)
Overall Height 1,365 mm (53.7 inches)
Wheelbase 2,975 mm (117.1 inches)

2018 Pininfarina HK GT Interior

  • Organic, yet clean design
  • Hexagonal steering wheel
  • 2+2 seating arrangement
  • Plenty of high-end materials used
  • Dual personality - race and touring
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Pininfarina says the layout is suggestive of the Gran Turismo tradition, but to us, it looks almost sci-fi in its approach.

Inside the HK GT, Pininfarina gave the two-door a luxurious, yet rather futuristic layout. The steering wheel gets an odd hexagonal shape to it with twin-spokes cutting across the middle, offering thumb-length controls. The dash appears to float, while the shape of the dash and various features gets an organic look to them.

Pininfarina says the layout is, once again, suggestive of the Gran Turismo tradition, but to us, it looks almost sci-fi in its approach. This thing is definitely modern.

Standout features include seating for four in a 2+2 arrangement. The dashboard gets a white cream finish, while the upholstery uses orange contrast stitching. Pininfarina says it gets “minimalist equipment,” but we’re guessing it still has all the usual infotainment goodies and comfort features you’d expect from a top-shelf tourer machine.

The center console stretches back into the rear seats as well, where we find sitters that contrast with those in front thanks to their grey leather upholstery. Meanwhile, the front seats appear to be styled as through they are suspended from the central tunnel, while the rear was styled to make it feel larger when sitting back there.

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The HK GT gets a few interesting features for the cabin, notably certain settings that give it a “dual personality.”

There’s also an “HK texture” added to the upholstery that’s meant to mimic “an ivy that climbs elegantly down a wall.”

Moving beyond the aesthetic and styling, the HK GT gets a few interesting features for the cabin, notably certain settings that give it a “dual personality.” These include both race and Gran Turismo, with the former intended “for moments of solitary and hedonistic sports driving,” while the latter is for long driving stints with the family in tow.

Put it into race mode, and you’ll be bathed in red light inside the cabin, while the gauge cluster info is minimized to emphasize only the most important performance stuff. Meanwhile, the center stack displays the various settings for the suspension, as well as acceleration numbers and other vital specs.

Alternatively, you can put it into cruise mode, which switches the red light to blue and expands the digital readouts to display additional info, such as all the normal infotainment stuff. It’ll also expand the available features to include new web connectivity and entertainment options. Moving along the shoulder line, the door panels are animated with a “long interactive screen” for additional controls (such as for the climate control). Finally, digital displays are offered for the front and rear passengers.

2018 Pininfarina HK GT Drivetrain

  • High-powered battery pack
  • Four electric motors for AWD
  • Over 1,000 horsepower
  • Two-speed transmission
  • 0 to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds
  • Top speed of 217 mph
  • Torque vectoring handling
  • Only 99 miles per charge
  • Several range extender options for 600+ miles
  • Aluminum chassis construction
  • Even weight distribution front to back
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Properly motivated, the HK GT makes more than 1,073 horsepower, which runs through a two-speed transmission before it hits the ground.

To be honest, when we think about Pininfarina’s vehicles, our first inclination is to crack open the throttle on a Colombo V-12 under the hood. Of course, that’s not what you’re gonna get with this forward-thinking concept, because this time around, its got an all-electric powertrain to make the go.

Spec-wise, the HK GT is a bit like the H600, with loads of power in tap and high speed potential. It all starts with an 38-kWh battery pack, which provides electrons to as many as four integrated permanent magnet electric motors, one per wheel.

All together, these components create more than 800 kW of power (1,073 horsepower), which runs through a two-speed transmission before it hits the ground. Top speed is rated at 450 km/h (217 mph), with the sprint to 62 mph taking about 2.7 seconds.

Advanced torque vectoring helps handle, sending just the right amount of twist to each corner. Regenerative braking is used to keep the battery topped off.

Even if you stay off the long skinny pedal, range is limited to just 160 km (99 miles), which, if we’re honest, is pretty low. With so many other models pushing up towards the 300 miles-per-charge mark, less than 100 on the clock isn’t gonna cut it.

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Pininfarina says the HK GT can also come equipped with a selection of three different range extenders.

Luckily, Pininfarina says the HK GT can also come equipped with a selection of three different range extenders, including a low-emission microturbine (much like you get on the Techrules Ren RS), a no-emission hydrogen fuel cell, and an internal combustion engine. Details on the range extenders are few and far between, but Pininfarina says it’ll up the distance to around1,000 km (621 miles).

Finally, the HK GT is built on an aluminum chassis, with weight distributed pretty evenly at 52 percent in front and 48 percent in the rear, both features that should help it handle somewhat decently.

2018 Pininfarina HK GT Drivetrain And Performance
Powertrain All-electric, optional range extender
Drive type AWD with torque vectoring
Max output >800 kW (1,073 horsepower)
Battery 38 kWh
0-to-62 mph time 2.7 seconds
Top speed 350 km/h (217 mph)
Range (all-electric) 160 km (99 miles)
Range (extender) 1,000 km (621 miles)
Weight distribution (front / rear) 52 percent / 48 percent

Conclusion

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We think that despite the changing technological landscape, a good-looking Italian GT car should never be a thing of the past.

In the run up to the debut of the HK GT, Pininfarina stated that “Time has come for a new Pininfarina masterpiece combining stylistic research with environmental sustainability.” We agree. We think that despite the changing technological landscape, a good-looking Italian GT car should never be a thing of the past.

For now, there’s no official plans to put the HK GT into production, but Pininfarina and the Hybrid Kinetic Group are certainly mulling the idea.

This model in particular was aimed at the Asian market, and despite a lack of pricing info or projected production numbers, we think this is one concept that could get turned into something more.

After all, consider that the Pininfarina H2 Speed, a hydrogen-powered race car concept that showed in Geneva last year. Sounds pretty outlandish, no? As of the 2018 Geneva Show, the H2 is now headed to production status, so who knows? Maybe we’ll see a full production version of HK GT next year in Switzerland…

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    • * All-electric range is pretty lackluster
    • * No V-12 soundtrack
    • * Will this really make it to production status?

References

2017 Pininfarina H600
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Read our full review on the 2017 Pininfarina H600 Concept.

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