Volkswagen Group-owned ItalDesign Giugiaro is outlining its vision for a luxurious four-seat sporting GT with eco credentials at today’s Geneva motor show. The near 5.0m-long ItalDesign Brivido is a working prototype that uses VW Group running gear and shows off the design capabilities of the famous Italian design studio that VW took control of in 2010.
Giorgetto Giugiaro, the director of the studio that bears his name, said the Brivido is designed to “allow people to dream and imagine the future”.
Giugiaro, who designed the original Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco, added, “This 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, superb comfort.”
The Brivido’s drivetrain mates a 355bhp/339lb ft 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor and eight-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive concept boasts a top speed of 171mph and 0-62mph performance of 5.8sec, as well as CO2 emissions of 154g/km.
The Brivido — meaning ‘thrill’ in Italian — is 4980mm long, 1960mm wide and 1298mm high and has a wheelbase of 2910mm. The sleek coupé’s most dramatic feature is a pair of gullwing doors, which offer cabin access for both front and rear passengers. Giugiaro says the gullwing doors are the only real ‘concept car’ feature and that otherwise the car is a viable production model.