Italdesign Brivido Is a Gullwing Hybrid GT
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Italdesign Brivido Is a Gullwing Hybrid GT

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Italdesign has created a quirky concept with more of a focus on technology than styling.
  • The four-passenger Brivido features single gullwing doors on either side.
  • The Brivido's hybrid drivetrain includes a VW-sourced 360-horsepower 3.0-liter engine and an eight-speed transmission.

GENEVA — With the Brivido, Italdesign has created a quirky concept with more of a focus on technology than styling.

The four-passenger Brivido (Italian for "thrill") features single gullwing doors on either side, and extensive use of glass and carbon fiber. Its hybrid drivetrain includes a Volkswagen-sourced 360-horsepower 3.0-liter engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission that provide 0-60 acceleration in less than 5.8 seconds, with a top speed of more than 170 mph.

The car fairly bursts with advanced technology inside and out.

Body-hugging LED headlamp clusters wrap around the sides of the car. Side mirrors are replaced by a pair of micro-cameras whose images are displayed on monitors built into the steering wheel. The interactive electronics and displays, jointly developed with VW's California Electronics Research Lab, include LCD monitors and a capacitive touchscreen, as well as an iPad docking station to enable easy control of navigation, infotainment and climate systems.

Rear-seat passengers are treated to ambient LED lighting, 3D glass for the infotainment system and access to climate settings via a touchscreen monitor that drops from the ceiling.

Edmunds.com says: Lots of whiz-bang gizmos — but not one of Giugiaro's more aesthetically pleasing designs.

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