Italdesign Giugiaro takes advantage of the recently acquired membership in the Volkswagen Group and borrows a Lamborghini engine to invent a fascinating concept: Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour.
On the occasion of celebrating the beautiful age of 45 years, the Italdesign Giugiaro company – bought three years ago by the Volkswagen Group – decided to launch an interesting concept withs this occasion. This is how Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour project came alive. It was one of the stars of the Geneva Motor Show 2013 and was presented as a coupe version and as a convertible / roadster.
Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour photo gallery
Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013
Named after the sport with the same name became popular worldwide in recent years among young people of all ages, the prototype uses a 5.2-liter V10 engine from the Lamborghini Gallardo to animate a car that is something between a crossover, an SUV, a sports car and a GT.
Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour also borrows from Lamborghini a four-wheel drive system that helps to put the nearly 550 horsepower developed by the propulsion system on the road, with the help of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
At the aesthetic level, the first idea that springs into the mind of a car-addicts is that Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour is imagined as a Range Rover Evoque rival, because the lines of the two models are somewhat similar. And yet, the technical figures provided by Italdesign indicates that we talk about a concept which, put to work, can cover 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds, which makes us think at a supersport model, not a dynamic SUV responsible to increase brand’s image, as happens in the case of the Range Rover. And that is not all: it has a whooping top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h).
“Parkour was devised as a new way of living and experiencing a metropolitan route creatively”, states Fabrizio Giugiaro, “Parkour enthusiasts, who are referred to as traceurs or plotters, adapt their body to the surrounding environment pursuing, through their movements, not just spectacle but instead mainly maximum efficiency. The purpose of parkour is to move around as efficiently as possible. By efficiently I mean: simply, quickly and safely, which are characteristic features of our car.”
“Every time we approach a project for a research prototype, we always start with the same question”, explains Fabrizio Giugiaro, “what is missing from the world of cars today? These days, we demand a car that is a comfortable and high-performance vehicle, irrespective of its use and of the type of terrain, which is how the SUV came about: it is a vehicle that guarantees driving comfort even on rough and challenging terrains. We teamed this with the setup of the ideal mid-engine sports car, being able to count, as always, on Audi/Volkswagen group technology. In addition, we wanted to pay tribute to the historic Lamborghini brand, which this year celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, using their 10-cylinder engine. The result is the Parcour, a mid-engine sports car with minimum overhangs and broad ramp angles that’s ideal for all-track driving”.
“A car with a decidedly sporty setup, as a mid-engine car, but designed for all weather conditions, for all situations, could not fail to have an open-top version”, explains Fabrizio Giugiaro. The setup is very similar to that of a coupe? but in this case the style has been redesigned starting with the engine, to enhance the sporty spirit even further; in fact, in this version there is no interruption in the continuity between the passenger compartment and the engine compartment, we could go so far as to say they are a whole”.
Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour via Italdesign Giugiaro stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013