2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Swiss specialty builder Rinspeed dubs its latest concept an "open speedster for the extroverted communicator."
- The retro-styled four-passenger convertible features a color palette that ranges from salmon to lobster and yellow, according to Rinspeed.
- The concept has an inflatable roof that "also serves as a beach blanket."
GENEVA — Rinspeed, the Swiss specialty builder, declares its latest concept, the BamBoo, is an "open speedster for the extroverted communicator." Read on.
The so-called "sun and fun" car was teased late last year with no details.
Now, Rinspeed informs us that the retro-styled four-passenger convertible features a color palette that ranges "from salmon to lobster and yellow," not to mention "an inflatable roof that also serves as a beach blanket." It gets better.
Both the car and its stowable two-wheeler are battery-powered. But it's the onboard electronics that really dazzle, notably the "Identiface" display in the grille that flashes personal digital messages to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. The BamBoo's occupants can even share their latest Facebook and Twitter scribblings, thanks to an onboard Internet connection. To maintain digital communications with the outside world, a PC tablet and docking station are housed in the glovebox.
Extending the "fun" quotient, the BamBoo also is fitted with inflatable rear seats that can be stowed in aluminum cases in the open cargo bed or carried with you to the beach.
Power is supplied by a 54kW electric motor that is said to provide a top speed of 75 mph.
The composite body is mounted on a steel chassis, and rides on 17-inch Goodyear tires and AEZ rims. Driving range between charges is 65 miles.
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