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ItalDesign Aztec

ItalDesign Aztec

ItalDesign Aztec

ItalDesign Aztec interior
Make ItalDesign
Model Aztec
Concept year 1988
Production year -
Engine 2.2 litre 5-cylinder

The ItalDesign Aztec was introduced at the 1988 Turin Motor Show. The Aztec was part of a trio of similarly styled concept cars displayed that year by ItalDesign. The other two were the Aspid - a coupe version of the Aztec, and the Asgard which was a futuristic people carrier.

The Aztec was powered by a mid-mounted 2.2 litre 5-cylinder from Audi, and featured their permanent quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The most prominent design element among the many unusual styling features of the ItalDesign Aztec were the twin, separate cockpits for driver and passenger. Also notable were the high-tech side panels just forward of the rear wheels. These control panels housed coded buttons used to unlock the car, they also provided the interface for the inbuilt hydraulic jacks and various engine maintenance gauges.

Inside the ItalDesign Aztec the separate driver and passenger compartments were identical in size and layout. The only difference being the lack of a functioning steering wheel and pedals for the passenger side. While separate from the outside, once inside there was a large opening between the the two compartments and a shared centre console which housed a navigation system.

In the drivers compartment the steering wheel and dash matched the contours of each other perfectly. This meant that the array of buttons on the outside of the gauge cluster was at your fingertips even when grasping the steering wheel.

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Italdesign Quaranta
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