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1995 Pininfarina Argento Vivo

1995 Pininfarina Argento Vivo

Shedding light on one of the most obscure cars ever conceived

The automotive world is one of enormous diversity. Quite often designers are given the green light to unleash their imagination giving us some truly amazing stuff. That said, the modern-day regulations has been cracking down harder and harder on the automotive design language, and many amazing concepts remained one-offs. Those with deep enough pockets, however, have a bit more luck than the average person. The Argento Vivo is one of those extremely rare cases where a concept car has been granted production status. Here are nine interesting facts about the unique roadster.

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2019 Pininfarina Pura Vision Concept

2019 Pininfarina Pura Vision Concept

Pininfarina’s answer to the Ferrari Purosangue

Pininfarina, once Ferrari’s preferred coachbuilder, is now busy establishing itself as a standalone automaker. It put its best foot forward by unveiling the radical Battista hypercar that promises to be one of the fastest four-wheeled things on the planet and now it’s doubling it down by announcing a whole range of models, the first of which will be an SUV. Fear not, however, as the Pura Vision isn’t your average sporty SUV as Pininfarina aims to deliver supercar-level performance under a skin that both resembles a four-door GT and the existing Battista. It sounds like a match made in heaven.

Coming with an outlandishly appointed cabin and a class-bending profile, the Pininfarina Pura Vision could seriously reduce the market share of Lamborghini’s Urus and Ferrari’s upcoming Purosangue. While we’re yet to feast our eyes with the pre-production prototype showcased to prospective customers during a series of VIP events held by Pininfarina in August during the Monterey Car Week, those that have are talking about a sleek and not overly complicated design so typical of Pininfarina, one that’ll only be matched by its impressive performance. At this stage of the game, the Pura Vision might become Pininfarina’s most important product so they have to get it right.

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2018 Pininfarina K350 Concept

2018 Pininfarina K350 Concept

This is what an SUV concept should look like

The Pininfarina K350 concept finally broke cover at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Designed for Hong Kong-based automaker Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG), the K350 is a fully electric SUV concept that the automaker is preparing to develop with the H600 and H500 electric sedan concepts. It’s still not confirmed if HKG is giving the green light to build any of these concepts, but if it does, look for the K350 SUV to be the most prominent of the three. Not only is it an EV, but it’s also an SUV, which, as we all know, is a segment that’s selling like hotcakes these days.

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2018 Pininfarina HK GT

2018 Pininfarina HK GT

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.

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2017 Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo

2017 Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo

A dream concept could turn to reality really soon

Like most supercar brands that are starting off from scratch, Emerson Fittipaldi’s Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo suffers from not having the foundation that other supercar models from more established brands have. The car looks good on paper, but a model’s success isn’t determined on the parcel from which it’s drawn on or even on a full-bodied prototype that debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The good news is that Fittipaldi Motors - the company started by the former F1 world champion - actually has plans to bring the EF7 to life.

The road to seeing the EF7 is going to be a long and difficult one to navigate. That’s usually what awaits start-ups who try to bring their works to the forefront. But Fittipaldi does have a few things on its side too, not the least of which is the drive and dedication to see the EF7 evolve into the production supercar he’s always envisioned it to be. He also has partners in the fold to help him get his project off the ground, including Pininfarina, whose work on the car’s design is immediately recognizable, and HWA AG, an AMG spinoff that prepares German touring cars.

The objective is clear, even if the execution is far from. Ultimately, Fittipaldi plans to build 39 units of the EF7, a number that’s tied into the number of races the 70-year old driver won during his long and illustrious career in both Formula One and Indycar.

Easier said than done, right? Well, we’re definitely rooting for the company to prove its skeptics wrong. It’d be nice to see a project car like the EF7 realize its full potential.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo

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2017 Pininfarina H600

2017 Pininfarina H600

Pininfarina’s latest is ready to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Pininfarina was once the coachbuilder of coachbuilders and over the years has designed some of the most beautiful cars the world has to offer. The design house has worked with greats like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. But, it’s also done work for Chery, Changfeng, and even Hyundai. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina is set to display its latest concept, the H600 00 a luxury sedan that’s said to offer the “perfect combination of pure design and eco-friendly technology.” Designed for Hybrid Kinetic Group, the few teaser images we have showcased a sporty and aggressive exterior that is sure to be on point with other Pininfarina designs to go with an interior that’s technologically advanced and fitted with the finest materials available.

Of course, at this point, there’s very little to go by as Pininfarina is waiting until Geneva kicks off on March 7th to spill all of the beans. But, it’s released enough shots to give us a somewhat accurate idea of what we can expect. Of course, we’re talking about Pininfarina here, so it’s far from likely that it will disappoint or not draw a huge crowd at one of the world’s greatest auto shows. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the few photos we have and talk a little more about it before it makes its debut.

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2016 Pininfarina H2 Speed

2016 Pininfarina H2 Speed

Italian design house makes a surprising reveal at Geneva

Remember when Pininfarina presented the Sergio Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show? Seems like ages ago, right? In truth, it’s only been three years and the Italian coach builder is known for some of the most memorable concept vehicles we’ve seen in Geneva. Back in 2010, it even celebrated its 80th anniversary by rolling out the 2uettottanta Concept. That was a good one too. I’m being a little nostalgic about this because Pininfarina’s latest Geneva offering is the H2 Speed, a hydrogen-powered race car. Wait, what?

To be fair, the H2 Speed does look like something Pininfarina would build. It’s got all the sexy lines that we’ve come to expect from the design house. It even tapped GreenGT to supply the hydrogen powertrain. Clearly, the people behind this concept did their due diligence on this one and by and large, it offers an impressive peek into what the race cars of the future could potentially look like.

But it’s not the Sergio Concept. It’s not the 2uettottanta. It’s not even the Cambiano that the Pininfarina showcased at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Maybe I’m just spoiled by what the company has done in previous years that I expected something entirely different than what we were all given. Maybe it’s got something to do with Mahindra’s recent acquisition of the company. Whatever the case may be, I don’t think people went to Geneva expecting to see this from Pininfarina. Not after what it’s done in the past.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept

2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept

Every time we see Pininfarina make the news with a new concept it’s developing, we can’t help but get excited about what the Italian coachbuilder has in store for us.

Well, it looks like Pininfarina is preparing something; a concept, it appears, that will make its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este later this month.

The concept, which has been dubbed as the one-off Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe, was designed and collaborated with BMW and comes as a notable successor to the BMW Z4 Zagato Coupe that BMW and Zagato also introduced at last year’s event.

While the two companies said nothing about it, it has been rumored that the concept is in fact a preview version of a possible 8-Series luxury car. We’re jut hopping it will become reality!

Updated 05/31/2013: BMW and Pininfarina have released a video of Fabio Filippini and Karim Habib outlining the design process and showing how the two companies worked together to create a car that was both a Bimmer and a Pininfarina.

Updated 05/24/2013: BMW has unveiled the official details, images and specs on the new Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept.

Updated 05/7/2013: After revealing the official details on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé, BMW also unveiled a first video revealing some details on the concept’s design. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept.

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2013 Sergio Pininfarina Tribute Concept by Pininfarina

2013 Sergio Pininfarina Tribute Concept by Pininfarina

Sergio Pininfarina, the former chairman of the legendary Italian design firm, Pininfarina, passed away last year after creating amazing cars for over 40 years. Now, Pininfarina announced it will unveil a very cool concept car as a tribute to this amazing man. The concept was officially unveiled today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and just like the man that inspired it, it is simply astonishing.

The new Sergio concept was developed on a Ferrari 458 Italia chassis and is a two-seat barchetta that was inspired by the Ferrari models from the ’60s and the ’70s. It combines a very simple and clear style, with a front end that features a semi-floating development.

On the interior, the cockpit features an aerodynamic deflector that serves as a virtual windscreen. In order to provide the greatest aerodynamics, even the smallest detail of the concept - including the rear-view mirror - features a fluid form.

Under the hood, the concept keeps the same V-8 engine as the Ferrari 458 Spider, but thanks to its more aerodynamic body, the new Sergio concept will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 198 mph.

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2012 Pininfarina Cambiano

2012 Pininfarina Cambiano

Looking ahead to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this March, Italian coach builder Pininfarina has officially unveiled the first teaser image of their latest ground-breaking creation: the Cambiano.

As is the case with a lot of teasers coming out these days for Geneva, Pininfarina is keeping a closed lid on any information surrounding the Cambiano, opting only for a few descriptive sentences to kick-start our imaginations into complete overdrive.

In the case of this intriguing concept, Pininfarina has bared this nugget of information describing the car: "it is an elegant and refined sport sedan, conceived with great attention to the environment, both as to the engine and as to the materials’ choice."

Reading between the lines, it appears that the car could be some sort of hybrid sports car that carries the company’s distinctive and provocative styling. Consider us intrigued. As far as the name of choice is concerned, Pininfarina chose Cambiano as a tribute to the city hosting the Pininfarina Group’s headquarters. It’s also no coincidence that the car is being prepared as a celebratory model of sorts to honor of the 30th anniversary of the Styling Center and the 10th anniversary of the Engineering Center, two branches of Pininfarina that have played critical roles in the design and build of a lot of their ultra-exclusive exotics.

We’ll have more info surrounding the Cambiano in the weeks and days leading up to the Geneva Motor Show. For now, you can ogle over the teaser image of the car, which is what we’ve been doing for some time now.

UPDATE 01/13/2012: Pininfarina has unveiled the second teaser for their Cambiano concept; an image that reveals part of the side of the vehicle. It looks as though the Cambiano will have a short bonnet and a set of large alloy wheels. There also seems to be no air inlets, leading us to believe this could be a full-electric vehicle.

UPDATE 01/19/2012: We are getting one step closer to the official opening of the Geneva Motor Show and Pininfarina is offering us a new teaser image of their Cambiano concept. This was shows off the intricate detailing of the roof. Enjoy!

UPDATE 02/06/2012: Pininfarina is continuing its teaser session for the Cambiano concept with a new video of the car set to be released at the Geneva Motor Show. Enjoy!

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2012 Pininfarina Coupe Concept

2012 Pininfarina Coupe Concept

While Pininfarina is busy designing models for Ferrari, concept designer Peter Norris is taking a break from his job in the video games and entertainment industry to design a future luxury sports car concept that is "clean, unfussy, elegant and fast." These attributes led him to the Pininfarina Coupe Concept, a front engined model combined with a rear wheel drive system.

Norris’ design inspiration for the Pininfarina Coupe Concept came from the love of his very own Fiat Coupe 16v Turbo with some Ferrari lines thrown in to polish it over. The Pininfarina Coupe’s look is characterized by the ultra low roofline and the accentuated front and rear fenders. The sleek profile is exaggerated further with large wheels that visually shorten the height of the sports car. At the back of the Pininfarina are a set of C-shaped LED taillights.

When talking about his concept, Peter Norris said: "much of my work is focused strongly on science fiction and the distant future, but with this project I wanted to create an elegant and unfussy design with classic lines that could be on the road today."

“The Pininfarina styling inside as much as outside just oozes with Italian flair and really was, and still is different to anything else on the road. Some people have referred to it as a “baby Ferrari”.

Somehow we don’t see a luxury sports car like this toting around the 190 HP 2.0L 16V Turbo engine as seen on the Fiat Coupe, but since the Pininfarina Coupe Concept was also inspired by Ferrari, we’d love to see something along the lines of the 458 Italia’s 570 HP 4,499 cc V8 engine. Not a likely scenario, but we can dream.

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2010 Pininfarina Nido EV

2010 Pininfarina Nido EV

Pininfarina is celebrating their 80th anniversary with the unveiling of the Nido EV prototype - an update version of the 2004 Nido. The Nido EV is an electric car conceived, designed, and built entirely by the Pininfarina Style and Engineering Centre of Cambiano (Turin). This vehicle is the first running prototype of the “Nido Development Programme” and reinforces their direction of providing a safer, more sustainable vehicle that will populate our city’s streets.

The Nido EV prototype uses a 30 kilowatt permanent magnet electric motor powered by a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery, which guarantees very high levels of safety and reliability. When fully charged, it has a range of 140 km and a top speed of 120 km/h (limited electronically), and accelerates 0-60 km/h in 6.7 seconds.

The Pininfarina Nido EV is a small urban 2-seater that supplies the framework for larger vehicles to be built on its platform. No word has been given on when this vehicle will see production, but we think that it will only be a matter of time before we see these vehicles clustered on our city streets.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Pininfarina 2uettottanta

2010 Pininfarina 2uettottanta

Back in 2010, Pininfarina was looking for a way to celebrate its 80th anniversary. To do so, it created the 2uettottanta – a concept with a name that pays homage to the Duetto to go with the 80 years of Pininfarina brilliance. Furthermore, the concept was said to pay tribute to Alfa Romeo, which – in 2010 – was celebrating its centenary. In short, the 2uettottanta is a two-seater spider with a 1.75-liter turbocharged engine that was mounted longitudinally – a reference to the 1750 Veloce of 1968. The overall exterior look is where the tribute to Alfa Romeo comes in, with the red body finish and that aluminum shield upfront with triangular air intakes.

The 2uettottanta made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and was immediately loved with its modern design, smooth and visually pleasing body lines, and body panels that sit so tightly together that it’s actually hard to tell that the entire body isn’t one piece. Unfortunately, this concept was never translated into a production model of any kind, but it could have very easily been a big seller in the two-seater, roadster market. Even the interior was simplistic but wild at the same time, and there is just something about the reinterpretation of the instrument cluster and that modern take on the Duetto’s steering wheel that really sticks out.

There’s no denying that the Duetto was an icon that is still celebrated to this day, and Alfa Romeo has a long, rich history that can’t be denied. So, did the 2uettottanta pay rightful tribute to Pininfarina, Alfa Romeo and that iconic Duetto? Check out the review below to see for yourself.

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2010 Pininfarina Nido

2010 Pininfarina Nido

Pininfarina has been responsible for some of the most gorgeous looking vehicles to ever grace this planet of ours. That’s not all the Italian design house has contributed over the years, however. It has also been at the head of innovation at its best, consistently adapting to and providing solutions that ensure the continuation of personal transportation. One such innovation was the Pininfarina Nido Concept that debuted back in 2004. Back then, the need for small, city cars was increasing at a record rate, but the problem with small cars is the safety factor. Just imagine what it would be like to get nailed by a Chevrolet Suburban at 45 mph while you’re driving a car just one-quarter of its size. It would be like watching a pitbull take on a Chihuahua. But, that’s where the Nido Concept comes in.

See, the word Nido means nest, and a nest is designed to house and protect the eggs inside right? Well, that was the basic idea behind the Nido concept, and it was a revolutionary idea. Early sketches of the concept depict passengers sitting inside an egg-shaped compartment, being protected by the padding between them and the outer shell – just like the yolk of an egg in a nest. The passenger compartment inside the shell can move with the vehicles inertia, so in the event of a collision, the padding between the compartment and the outer shell will absorb a majority of the shock – similar to the way shock absorbers give your car a smoother ride.

In the end, Pininfarina knew that this new concept, and the production vehicle it would eventually spawn, needed to be as beautiful as it was innovative. And, Pininfarina was right; nobody wants to drive or remember an ugly car. After putting engineers and designers together in the same room, which had to make for some interesting days at work, Pininfarina was able to come up the Nido Concept. And, this concept eventually spawned the Nido EV, which was an all-electric version of the concept. With that said, let’s take a look back at the concept and talk about it in a little more detail.

Continue reading to learn more about the Pininfarina Nida Concept

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Pininfarina B Zero

Pininfarina B Zero

Pininfarina unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the B0 (B-Zero) concept vehicle, an electric car that will go into mass production model, with the first units coming off the production line at the end of 2009.

The B0 is powered by batteries that can be recharged in just a few hours. The battery does not require any maintenance and has a lifespan of around 200,000 km (125,000 miles). The car’s LMP batteries thus help combat air pollution. The batteries of the B0 also contribute to reducing noise, another nuisance which affects people’s quality of life in urban environments.

Because it is 100% electric powered, the B0 does not generate any pollution. But the process of generating the electricity which the car uses must also, as far as possible, not have produced any atmospheric pollution. That is why the creators of the B0 have designed it to incorporate every possible solution designed to optimise the car’s energy efficiency and use of clean energy sources.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Pininfarina Sintesi

2008 Pininfarina Sintesi

After four weeks of teaser imagine and desultory informations about the Sintesi Concept, here are the official informations and images about the concept.

The Sintesi is a sports car with four doors and four seats, developed by a highly innovative approach: it does not consider the car as a shape that covers the mechanicals, but one that gives a shape to the mechanicals around the passengers, starting from the latter. This approach, which is known as “Liquid” Packaging, has overturned traditional volumetric balances, improving weight distribution and lowering the centre of gravity, which are important elements for driving dynamics.

This was made possible by close collaboration with Nuvera, which developed the Quadrivium Fuel Cells system, the various components of which were distributed around the car, with four fuel cells positioned near to the wheels. The result is that the space for passengers is much more generous – in proportion to the total volume of the car – without detracting from the sporty line with its relaxed, elegant profile which is sleek, tapered and aerodynamic (Cd = 0.27). The modular nature of the fuel cells, combined with the batteries and a sophisticated overall electronic architecture (developed with PI Shurlok), allows for modular use of the available power depending on driving conditions.

Full details after the jump.

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2000 Ferrari Rossa by Pininfarina

2000 Ferrari Rossa by Pininfarina

Born to celebrate the Pininfarina 70 years of activity, "rossa", "Concept Car of the Year" 2000, is a two-seater Spider with Ferrari mechanical components, a perfect foundation on which to link with an imaginary thread the past to the future, while interpreting and evolving several of the more powerful themes of the long collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina.
The two-seater spider is build on the platform of a Ferrari 550 Maranello. It is not only a study in design but a tribute to (...)

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2005 Pininfarina Enjoy Concept

2005 Pininfarina Enjoy Concept

Produced in 2005 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the British Louis Vuitton Classic company, Pininfarina Enjoy became a genuine innovative car

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2004 Pininfarina Enjoy

2004 Pininfarina Enjoy

Set to make its world debut at the British Louis Vuitton Classic, scheduled for 5 June 2004 at Waddesdon Manor (Waddesdon, Great Britain), is the Pininfarina Enjoy, inspired by the concept car of the same name which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003. This is a dream come true, even if just for the lucky few. Because Pininfarina intends to weigh, through a promotional tour, the interest of collectors and enthusiasts towards a special car which is supposed to be manufactured and sold in only 75 units during 2005 to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. And thanks to the Enjoy Pininfarina has started up a new prestigious partnership with the most important luxury brand in the world, Louis Vuitton, which was commissioned to work on the interiors of the vehicle.

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2004 Pininfarina Nido

2004 Pininfarina Nido

The Nido concept builds upon Pininfarina�s grand tradition of continuous investment in research and development programs in each of the Company’s areas - Design, Engineering and Manufacturing - to quickly and methodically tackle contemporary problems as they arise in the automotive industry. For example, during the 70�s energy crisis, the industry looked towards aerodynamics and alternative energy sources to cut fuel consumption. Pininfarina responded by developing the CNR Energetica 1 prototype, an ideal aerodynamic body shape, and the electric powered Ecos. In the 80’s Pininfarina’s pioneering research into lightweight material application bore the Audi Quartz and Lancia Hit prototypes, which explored the use of new light metallic and composite materials.

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