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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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Does This Rendering Accurately Predict Pininfarina's Future?

Does This Rendering Accurately Predict Pininfarina’s Future?

It’s staggering work from a talented up-and-coming designer

Pininfarina is responsible for some of the most provocative-looking cars in history. From legendary machines like the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari Enzo to staggering custom creations like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Hyperion, BMW Gran Lusso Coupe, and Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo, Pininfarina’s design DNA can be found in some of history’s most attractive rides. Automakers far and wide have come to Pininfarina for their automotive design needs, and the Italian design house has proven time and again that it’s the go-to firm for those needs. A big part of the studio’s success rests on the designers that it has in the fold.

One such designer, Daniel Gombo, technically isn’t employed by Pininfarina, but he did just finish his master’s thesis under the supervision of the Italian firm and part of that thesis required Gombo to design a vehicle.

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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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New Details About The Pininfarina PFO Are Revealed Days Ahead Of Its Pebble Beach Debut

New Details About The Pininfarina PFO Are Revealed Days Ahead Of Its Pebble Beach Debut

Concept is able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds

Days ahead of the debut of the PF0 electric supercar, Pininfarina has bared more details about its prized exotic. Pininfarina Design Director Luca Borgogno described the PF0 as a car that will be remembered for a long time. Given what’s already known about the concept — it uses lightweight carbon fiber body panels and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds — it’s hard to imagine the PF0 being anything less than awesome.

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Peak Inside the Pininfarina PF0 Electric Supercar

Peak Inside the Pininfarina PF0 Electric Supercar

A high-tech cabin for a surefire stunner

Pininfarina’s up-and-coming PF0 luxury electric hypercar is headed to the Geneva International Motor Show next year, but before it drops in Switzerland, the Italians will reveal a fresh concept version in California. The PF0 is slated to go on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next week, and to stoke the flames of excitement, Pininfarina just released a series of new teaser shots showing off the car’s interior.

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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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Pininfarina K350 Concept is The Electric SUV You Want To See Hit The Road

Pininfarina K350 Concept is The Electric SUV You Want To See Hit The Road

From a design perspective, this is another home run for Pininfarina

Pininfarina has pulled the covers off of the K350 SUV, giving us our first look at the electric SUV concept in all its glory. The concept is the latest indication that Pininfarina, together with Hong Kong-based electric automaker Hybrid Kinetic Group, is on its way to becoming a legitimate presence in the electric car industry in the future.

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Pininfarina Teases Sporty K350 SUV For Beijing Auto Show

Pininfarina Teases Sporty K350 SUV For Beijing Auto Show

All-electric four seater

Once a glorious company responsible for many Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia designs, Pininfarina was hit by a big financial crisis in the late 2000s. As a result, the Italian firm ended all automotive production in 2011 and was eventually sold to Mahindra in 2015. The design house bounced back under Indian ownership and created a few concept cars in recent years, including the H2 Speed and the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo. Come 2018 and Pininfarina is readying a brand-new concept vehicle for the Beijing Auto Show, this time around developed in cooperation with the Hybrid Kinetic Group.

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Pininfarina's H500 Concept Proves That The Design House Has Serious Goals of Becoming an Automaker

Pininfarina’s H500 Concept Proves That The Design House Has Serious Goals of Becoming an Automaker

This new concept will make an appearance in Beijing

Pininfarina is no stranger to unveiling concept vehicles at some of the world’s biggest auto shows. It was in Geneva just last month to debut the HK GT, a sleek electric vehicle that proudly showed off some of the biggest gullwing doors you’ll ever see. Not content with that, Pininfarina is attending the Beijing Auto Show with a new concept vehicle. It’s called the H500, and it’s a luxury fastback-like sedan that looks like the closest thing to a production model that Pininfarina has designed in recent memory.

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Pininfarina Wants To Take On Rolls-Royce and Bentley by Finally Becoming Its Own Car Brand

Pininfarina Wants To Take On Rolls-Royce and Bentley by Finally Becoming Its Own Car Brand

It’s a long time in the making, but we’re all excited about the possibilities

Pininfarina is finally stepping out of the shadows. After years of serving as the go-to design house by some of the biggest automakers in the world, the Italian company has announced plans to become a full-fledged luxury electric car maker. The announcement was made by Pininfarina CEO Paulo Pininfarina, who hinted at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that the company may finally have the capacity to bring to life founder Battista Farina’s dream of turning the company he started into a stand-alone car company.

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Pininfarina Rewrites Future History with the HK GT Concept

Pininfarina Rewrites Future History with the HK GT Concept

This is future we can get behind

The Pininfarina HK GT has spread its wings at landed smack dab in the middle of the Geneva Motor Show. As the fourth model to come from a fruitful collaboration between Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group, it stays true to Pininfarina’s Italian roots while providing a sense of what high-performance and elegance will be in the future. It has all the bells and whistles, including gullwing doors, a 2+2 layout, electric power, and there’s even a microturbine generator to keep emissions output low and range anxiety at bay. All of that is packaged with excessively fine materials, the right amount of technology, and the performance credentials expected from a future GT.

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Pininfarina Teases its Geneva-Bound HK-GT 2+2 Two-Door Coupe

Pininfarina Teases its Geneva-Bound HK-GT 2+2 Two-Door Coupe

Prepare to be wowed by the HK GT

Every year, Pininfarina makes it a point to turn some heads at the Geneva Motor Show. 2018 will be no different as the iconic Italian design house will bring the HK GT to the big dance. The electric four-seater sports car is described as an “elegant and eco-sustainable Gran Turismo.” We don’t know too much about the eco-sustainable part, but judging by a new teaser image that was released recently, the HK GT looks like it is as elegant as Pininfarina claims it is.

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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!

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Pininfarina Teases Electric HK GT Concept For The Geneva Motor Show

Pininfarina Teases Electric HK GT Concept For The Geneva Motor Show

Electric sensibility under a zesty Italian exterior

Slowly but surely, the Geneva Motor Show approaches. True, we’re still over a month from seeing the doors swing open in Switzerland for the world’s biggest auto show, but that isn’t stopping some of the braver automakers from teasing us with what’s to come. The latest comes from Pininfarina, which just dropped a pair of teaser images showing off its latest green-minded design study.

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