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The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed (Video)

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On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido Revealed (Video)

Well, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show began this week, and that means we get to finally cash the check on all the design-house teasers we've been seeing for weeks. The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido is one such design that was introduced.

The Brivido (which means 'thrill' in Italian) is a striking little sculpture of glass, metal and composite. It's defining feature is its super-glassy greenhouse, which includes a panoramic glass roof and large windows that extend farther back and down than the average car window. Those shimmering glass doors are actually gullwings that open upward. Between the glassy, upswinging doors and 2 + 2 layout, the Brivido reminds us of the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal concept designed by Bertone.

Of course, there's been a lot of technological advances since 1967. The Brivido features long, razor-thin LED headlights that cut all the way back to the glass doors and retracting rear-view cameras in place of mirrors.

Inside, the cockpit is defined by what appears to be an advanced infotainment system with both driver and passenger interfaces. The passenger can monitor trip information and enjoys tablet computer integration. The center touchscreen allows both passenger and driver to access controls.

The Brivido uses a hybrid combination of 360-hp 3.0-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor. The car offers sporty performance - 0 to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds and 171 mph top speed - and presumably better fuel economy thanks to its motor.

The body is made from aluminum and carbon fiber and gets a unique, powerful shape with long, sloped roof. The rear fascia plunges into what appears to be a polished metal diffuser.

The Brivido is a styling and design exercise unlikely to ever see production. The video below delivers an unveiling that's likely as dramatic as what took place in Switzerland.


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