Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Geneva Auto Show | Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour | Auto-Moto

Wired  Directions for awesome: Take one Lamborghini Gallardo. Jack it up a foot. Rip off the exterior, add a wild carbon fiber body and keep the mid-mounted V10. Repeat, but omit the roof. That's the recipe styling house Italdesign did with its Parcour concepts, two brutally beautiful off-roaders with butterfly doors, a trio of touchscreens and a 550-horsepower V10 engine that launches these lifted Lambos from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds. They top out at 199 mph, because an even 200 would just be too crass. But it's not the speed or the styling that has us chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of these beasties. Nestled behind those massive 22-inch wheels are two sets of coil-over suspension setups at each corner. They're hydraulically actuated and can lift the pair of Parcours anywhere between 8.2 and 13 inches, supposedly balancing off-road prowess with tarmac-tackling bite. For those counting at home, that's double the amount of pushrods in the all-conquering Ford Raptor, which makes this one of the only Italian exotics that would look at home blasting through the Baja or parked in front of the Monaco casino.

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