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A Look at the Italdesign Parcour Off-Road Supercar Concept

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On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

A Look at the Italdesign Parcour Off-Road Supercar Concept

Every year, famous Italian design houses, like Pininfarina and Bertone, scramble to build sporty concept cars for auto shows and events throughout the year. They all seem to rally particularly strong for the annual Geneva Motor Show. This year, one of those design houses, Italdesign, went beyond the obvious sports coupes and roadsters, designing something truly unique—an off-road supercar. The aptly named Parcour concept, envisioned as both a coupe and roadster, brings luscious, red curves to the off-road segment, or is that brute utility to the supercar segment? Italdesign vice chairman Fabrizio Giugiaro clues us in in a new video.

The Parcour wasn't the only crazy Italian-styled supercar concept at this year's Geneva show; there were many others, including the Pininfarina Sergio and Lamborghini Veneno. The Parcour was arguably the oddest and most intriguing, however. It looks like a sort of Italian answer to the 1970s muscle car, like an old Lamborghini concept body planted atop a rugged, muscular platform. The closest thing we can think of to compare it to is the Local Motors Rally Fighter, and that car is neither as powerful nor as immistakably Itali-sexy as the Parcour.

That platform is more than fast and powerful, however; it's designed to roll nimbly over everything. The Parcour routes the 550 horses from the Lamborghini Gallardo's V10 engine to all four wheels. The car has four modes that span the vast gap between SUV and supercar: off-road, comfort, winter, and track modes. The varying modes alter the ride height and drive settings to optimize the Parcour for the terrain ahead, whether that terrain is a hot, empty track or a frigid, snow-covered back road.

"These days, we demand a car that is a comfortable and high-­performance vehicle, irrespective of its use and of the type of terrain, which is how the SUV came about—it is a vehicle that guarantees driving comfort even on rough and challenging terrains," Fabrizio Giugiaro explained when the car debuted in March. "We teamed this with the setup of the ideal mid-­engine sports car, being able to count, as always, on Audi/Volkswagen group technology. In addition, we wanted to pay tribute to the historic Lamborghini brand, which this year celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, using their 10-­cylinder engine."

The Parcour's utility seems obvious enough, but outside of its Lambo engine and high speed track driving mode, its status as a supercar is questionable. Italdesign answers the questions with a spec sheet that includes a 3.6-second 0-62 mph time and 200-mph top speed, not exactly upper echelon supercar material, but damn good for a car that is also comfortable in the restless dust of the distant backcountry.

In the video below, Car & Driver takes us into the cockpit of the Parcour, both on- and off-road, and speaks with Fabrizio Giugiaro about the design.


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