Over the last few days, we’ve been covering some of the highlights of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. All the big guns unveiled a show-stopping machine at one of the world’s best-known auto displays.
You can see those posts by clicking here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.
Now we showcase vehicles from lesser-known brands, vehicles that may or not make it into production or, if they do, will only be seen by a few.
GFG Style Kangaroo
You’ve probably never heard of GFG style, but the firm was set up by Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio. If you didn’t already know, senior Giugiaro was the man responsible for designing the Golf 1 among countless other cars. The Kangaroo is referred to as “hyper SUV” by the firm. It has a pair of electric motors that produce a total of 360 kW. It has three suspension modes with levels of ground clearance: Racing (140 mm), Road (190 mm), and Off-Road (260 mm). It also has rear-wheel steering for added agility.
Hispano Suiza Carmen
We’re not quite sure what to make of the Hispano Suiza Carmen’s appearance. It looks like a futuristic take on styling… that was created in the 1960s. At any rate, the all-electric grand tourer features a carbon-fibre monocoque and its creators claim it will produce 750 kW. They say it will sprint to 100 km/h in sub-3 seconds and cost a whopping $1,7 million. Just nineteen will be made.
Italdesign DaVinci Concept
In the five-hundredth anniversary year of Leonardo’s death, Italdesign has dedicated its show car, the Italdesign DaVinci, to the Italian genius. The DaVinci, like so many others at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, has 100 per cent electric drive. It has gullwing doors, which allow both the front and rear seats to be accessed at the same time. “We wanted to pay homage to Leonardo’s genius by symbolically dedicating this vehicle to him,” explains Filippo Perini, Head of Innovation Design. “His eclectic approach is a strong inspiration for our day-by-day work”.
Piëch Automotive Mark Zero
The Piëch Mark Zero is an electric gran tourer with a height of just 1,25 metres. It is powered by three electric motors: an electric motor on the front axle produces 150 kW, and two motors on the rear produce 150 kW. Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 3,2 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h. The creators say that the car uses a “completely new cell type,” that allows for an 80 per cent charge in less than five minutes – WOW!
The Puritalia Berlinetta has a Purhydrive system that combines a 5,0-litre V8 in front, that produces 559 kW on its own, with an electric motor sits on the rear axle. The latter takes total system output to 720 kW and 1 248 N.m of torque. Power is handled by an automated seven-speed manual transmission. It reportedly sprints to 100 km/h in just 2,7 seconds. Maximum speed is 335 km/h. The car can drive on electric power alone for up to 20 km.