At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the popular Italian design studio ItalDesign Giugiaro has unveiled a working prototype of how it envisions a posh four-seat that combines GT with eco credentials. ItalDesign Giugiaro, which has been owned by Volkswagen since 2010, said that the ItalDesign Brivido, which measures nearly 5.0m, makes use of VW Group running gear.
According to studio director Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Brivido’s design is meant to “allow people to dream and imagine the future.” Giugiaro, the designer of the original Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco, said that this project is meant to prove that a vehicle that offers amazing sports car performance in an eco-friendly manner could have tremendous technological features and extreme comfort as well.
The Brivido’s drivetrain consists of a 355bhp/339lb ft 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor and eight-speed automatic transmission. This rear-wheel-drive concept offers a top speed of 171mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.8sec. It also comes with a CO2 emissions level of 154g/km.
The Brivido, which in Italian means “thrill,” has a length of 4980mm, a width of 1960mm, and a height of 1298mm. Its wheelbase measures 2910mm. The most remarkable feature on this coupé is a pair of gullwing doors, which provide cabin access for both front and rear passengers.
Giugiaro said that gullwing doors are the only real ‘concept car’ feature and that without it, the car can be considered a viable production model. Visibility is enhanced with the extensive use of glass, forming a ‘glass dome’. Giugiaro said that most of the time, this is left out in luxury GTs, especially for rear passengers. The additional glass in the doors serves as a structural element and helps with parking since the driver can see the pavement.