Geneva 2012: Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido

7 Mar 2012

The Giugiaro-styled Brivido concept has been launched at the Geneva motor show.

It seems that Volkswagen is making full use of its recent acquisition, the Italdesign styling house, and has unveiled the Brivido concept at the Geneva motor show. The concept is a four-seater GT hybrid, with VW underpinnings.

It's not clear exactly how the hybrid system works, but the 356bhp V6 engine, with an eight-speed transmission, propels the Brivido from 0-62 in 5.8 seconds onto a top speed of 170mph.

The expertise of the Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Lab (ERL) was called into action for this concept, creating the interactive electronics and displays for the Brivido. The company has built the interior around the ability to dock an iPad, with full functionality, and a clever way of hiding it in the dashboard.

On the subject of the Brivido, and direction of Italdesign, Giorgetto Giugiaro commented: 'This is a quest for a genuine four seater, to offer comfort and visibility, especially for the rear passengers, which is usually sacrificed in this type of vehicle.

'As always, I've tried to offer solutions which can be achieved practically. The inclusion of a pair of wide doors that rise like gull wings is the only "exotic" concession which makes the Brivido a show car. The rest of the solutions are perfectly applicable for vehicles destined for the market.

'2012 will be an important year for us and for the Group, and with this car we want to continue to allow people to dream and to imagine the future. This is an exercise to show a vehicle that delivers awesome sports car performance in an eco-friendly manner.'

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