The Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido concept was unveiled tonight in a special Volkswagen Group preview event ahead of the Geneva Motor Show.
Designed to be an ultra-luxury GT sports car with a focus on passenger comfort, the Brivido concept is a functional hybrid four-seat prototype developed with Volkswagen Group underpinnings. Combustion power comes from a 3.0-liter engine producing 360HP (265kW / 355bhp) with an 8-speed automatic transmission. No details were given regarding the hybrid side of the powertrain.
The Brivido, which translates as "thrill", sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph). The company states it will perform in this manner without compromising comfort.
Giorgetto Giugiaro states, "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."
The exterior body painted in Xirallic pearl lustre red mainly uses aluminum, carbon fiber, and glass. The windscreen, roof, rear window, and large door windows form a glass dome for the rear passenger compartment giving a feeling of spaciousness. There, the occupants are surrounded by top luxurious quality and high-technology.
The interior technology comes courtesy of the Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Lab (ERL) in collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro to develop the interactive electronics and displays for the Brivido. This includes an iPad integration system on the passenger side of the dashboard that completely stores away or, with a gesture of the hand, partially exposes it to work in basic interaction mode. On the tablet, the Brivido application allows control of media, navigation, and access online content. The passenger can then stow away the entire tablet in the dashboard via an automatic mechanism or partially dock it to use as an interface area. They can then control the media and navigation content in the passenger side instrument cluster display.
Italdesign Giugiaro has also patented this innovative steering column design. At the top of the steering column are two monitors onto which images from the side and rear cameras are displayed. The main controls are housed on two touch-sensitive panels on the spokes of the steering wheel. The left-hand panel is used to operate the infotainment system, the lights and the graphic interface on the dashboard, while the right-hand panel is used to manage the climate control system settings.
The Brivido concept is a fully functioning road-capable vehicle.
See press release below for many more details.