Pininfarina may produce Cambiano plug-in hybrid coupe in limited number

Article by Anita Panait, on March 13, 2012

Pininfarina is evaluating whether it will build a limited number of the Cambiano plug-in hybrid coupe concept that it recently launched at the 82nd Geneva Auto Show. Sergio Angori, Pininfarina CEO, told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the Geneva auto show that the automaker is looking for companies and private buyers interested in acquiring a high-performance, low-emission luxury model, referring to the Cambiano plug-in hybrid coupe concept. Angori said that if the Pininfarina builds 10 units, each Cambiano would carry a price of around EUR1 million.

Angori, however, said that the price per unit could slide to EUR400,00 if the company increases its production to 70-75 units. The CEO said it would take 24 to 30 months to commence production of the Cambiano, which is named after Pininfarina's home city near Turin.

The Pininfarina Cambiano plug-in hybrid coupe concept is a top of the line model that offers superb performance without harming the environment. The 680-hp concept could reach top speeds of 275kph but only emits 45 grams of Carbon Dioxide per kilometer. 

The company may extend the range to a diesel-powered internal combustion engine rather than the concept’s diesel-fuelled turbine. Pininfarina has each wheel of the plug-in hybrid coupe concept installed with an electric motor that offers 60kW, with peaks of 150kW for short periods.

The Cambiano’s battery capacity limits the maximum output of the engine to just 500kW or 680 hp, allowing the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. The Cambiano plug-in hybrid coupe concept has a range of 800 km, which includes 205 in full electric mode.

At first glance, the Pininfarina Cambiano already reveals its true character, starting from its unconventional door layout. On the driver's side, it appears as a sports coupe with its single door, yet on the passenger’s side, you can see two doors, which open from the center without a central pillar. This unique door layout simplifies access and optimizes the car’s spacious and luminous passenger compartment.

Moreover, the Cambiano is a global project and it showcases complete consistency between its exterior and interior design details, as well as between its various materials, colors, and use of technology. It boasts elegance and formal harmony, as well as offers a perfect blend between complementary values like balance and contrast, solid and transparent, and the relationship between empty and full. Simplicity and formal purity are elements of one iconic design.

The Cambiano’s proportions express fluidity and dynamism, thanks to its low tapered front and its light and fleeting rear-mounted cabin. Its body displays simple and solid volumes, featuring large and taut yet sensual surfaces, enhanced by an innovative golden grey color as well as by iridescent blue reflections that Standox specifically developed for this project. What’s more, the car’s side metal inserts are actually a new interpretation of decorative moldings, continuing through the side glazing and incorporating the doors’ lighting and opening functions. Furthermore, the roof’s large honeycomb design is transparent and ethereal and imparts a touch of solidity and elegant refinement.

Cambiano’s front, with its clean and essential design, basically goes back to a typical Pininfarina motif. This motif calls for headlights being incorporated into the grille as well as for protruding wheel arches. Meanwhile, this grille also incorporates one dynamic opening that serves as the turbo’s air inlet. The car’s LED front headlights are "blocks" of pure and crystalline light, while its tail lights and its side indicators are nearly intangible in that only the light exists. This light appears magically on the bodywork’s surface. And in Pininfarina’s purest spirit, the form’s essentiality becomes an elegant expression of true function.

Additionally, the light is a key part of the Cambiano’s design concept, both on its exterior and interior. The relationship with natural lighting is simplified by a panoramic roof that is translucent in certain areas but is transparent in others. Plus, the roof has a carbon honeycomb structure that’s mounted between the car’s outside glass as well as a polycarbonate inner lining. It is able to enhance the car’s visibility and heighten the interior’s sense of space and luminosity

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