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Giugiaro Brivido : Concept Cars

Italdesign is now part of the Volkswagen Group and while it isn't saying what chassis is under the show car, its size and 3.0-liter 360-bhp V-6 gasoline/electric hybrid suggest it could be that of another product of the Volkswagen Group, Porsche’s hybrid Panamera. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic. The chassis' origin doesn't mean, of course, that the Brivido is a reflection of where Porsche might be headed, as the VW group has a program under which corporate platforms can be shared by the likes of Lamborghini and Audi. As used in the Brivido, Italdesign figures the driveline could get the car to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph.

This wasn't just any drive through the Alps, the Brivido providing a stark contrast to vintage cars in a tour sponsored by Louis Vuitton. Not surprisingly, the show car was as big a draw as the Ferraris, Mercedes and a wonderful Isotta Fraschini Indy car. The Brivido was also a modern example of a now dimming Italian art form. A number of the cars on the run had one-off special bodies on, in several cases, Ferrari chassis. This sort of special-order body was not uncommon 50 years ago, but a true rarity today. Working show machines like a Brivido are unique in 2012.

Giugiaro's thinking with the Brivido was to create a vehicle with the sort of 4-passenger layout we've seen in cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and, of course, the Panamera, but with gullwing doors. Not only do such doors provide easy access in tight parking areas, but they also have a large glass area for outward vision. The Brivido's body is made of aluminum, carbon fiber and, of course, plenty of glass. The name of that body color? Xirallic pearl lustre red.

Those gullwing doors also make entry and exit from the Brivido a breeze. Once in the front seats you get the digital show, with LED displays on both the driver's and passenger's side. The passenger can get the same information as the driver or work the various entertainment options. The driver controls many of the car's functions like the transmission and opening or closing the doors via a series of buttons on the center console.

Slip into the rear seats and you relax back in almost lounge chair comfort. Not uncommon for the Alps, the number of passes was matched by the tunnels carved through the mountains. Riding through them, with their strange lighting, made a seat in the Brivido—particularly in the rear—like a Fantasyland ride.

Instead of the usual interior and exterior rearview mirrors, the Brivido has cameras and LED screens for the driver, a pair on each side of the steering wheel to duplicate the outside mirrors via swing-out cameras in the front fenders. A wide horizontal screen is in the usual place of the inside rearview mirror displaying the central view out back. The cameras can tie into the infotainment system. Imagine you are relaxing in one of the back seats watching a 3D movie on the special glasses in the car. You can then tap into the camera system to watch the road.

VW's Electronics Research Lab in Palo Alto, California, helped program the concept and devised a system in which you can preset such functions as music or a navigational route on your iPad and then inset it in a slot in the dash to prompt the car. If you want to change the program while you're traveling, the passenger can do that through the screen on her/his side.

Will we ever see a VW Group production car inspired by the Brivido? Hard to say. We've seen gullwing doors on concept cars before, but rarely in production. Then again, electric cars were also very rare not too long ago.

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