Concorso D’Eleganza Villa d’Este: Italdesign Brivido live images image

Seen for the first time at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Brivido is a four-seater GT built around the platform and the 360hp V6 hybrid driveline of an unnamed VW Group model.

Giugiaro says the Brivido — Italian for “thrill — was designed as a realistic touring car, with only a set of gullwing doors as the bow to auto show drama.

Extensive use of glass is used to form a ‘glass dome’, which boosts visibility. Giugiaro says this is usually sacrificed in luxury GTs, particularly for rear passengers. The extra glass in the doors also acts as a structural element and aids parking because the driver can see the pavement.

Body-hugging LED headlamp clusters wrap around the sides of the car. The interactive electronics and displays, jointly developed with VW’s California Electronics Research Lab, include LCD monitors and a capacitive touchscreen, as well as an iPad docking station to enable easy control of navigation, infotainment and climate systems.

Brivido was designed, engineered and manufactured in the Italdesign Giugiaro plant at Moncalieri (Turin).

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