Italdesign Giugiaro, now almost entirely owned by the Volkswagen Group, have shown up at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a hybrid powered sporty 2+2 coupe. The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido concept showcases just what the company is capable of when it’s left to its own devices. The vehicle is a fully working concept which has been developed entirely in-house at the Italdesign Giugiaro plant at Moncalieri in Turin.
According to Giorgetto Giugiar the Brivido; “… is an exercise to show a vehicle that delivers awesome sports car performance in an eco-friendly manner, to show great technological content, and above all to have superb comfort.” So basically its another sporty hybrid concept. Not unlike the dozens of others which have been showcased in recent years. Mounted up front in the Brivido is a 360 horsepower 3.0 litre engine backed up by an electric motor. The hybrid drivetrain is capable of propelling the Brivido from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in a sprightly 5.8 seconds, while the top speed is an impressive 171 mph.
The styling of the Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido concept is fairly unique, especially from the side where the unusual window shape is most obvious. At the rear the car is fitted with unusual spike-like taillights which look as if they poke into the bodywork. While at the front the Brivido features a novel lighting system and elongated headlights. When the doors are opened another of the Brivido’s party tricks becomes apparent.
In constructing the Brivido Italdesign Giugiaro used a combination of aluminium and carbon fiber. The windscreen, roof, rear window, and large door windows form a glass dome that lets natural light flood into the passenger compartment.
The interior looks a little like something from the 1980s given a modern makeover. The dashboard is structured symmetrically for both driver and passenger. Key information is displayed on the two LCD monitors housed inside two binnacles, one located behind the steering wheel and the other above the iPad dock. This allows the passenger to access the same information as the driver (journey, speed, rpm, etc.) or manage the options for on-board entertainment.
One of the most notable features of the interior are the two display screens on either side of the steering wheel. These relay images from side mounted cameras, and effectively replacing the conventional side mirrors.
Italdesign Giugiaro say the Brivido – while just a concept vehicle for now – was designed to be relativley easily translated into a production vehicle if the overlords at Volkswagen decide they like what they see.
Source: Italdesign Giugiaro