Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Italdesign GTZero Concept image

For the Geneva Motor Show, the design house Italdesign Giugiaro has unveiled a concept car that brings a modern interpretation of the classic gran tursimo cars.

The GTZero presented at Geneva draws its inspiration from the iconic models created by the Italian body designers in the past, paying also a tribute to the nearly fifty years of history of the Italdesign coachbuilder. The active flaps on the bonnet are reminiscent of the 1997 Alfa Romeo Scighera, while the long bonnet, pronounced mudguards and pitched tail are a tribute to the 1995 Daewoo Bucrane. The sporty setup of the car, on the other hand, brings to mind the Ferrari GG50. The truncated tail and smooth lines recall the Bizzarrini Manta, which marked the debut of the fledgling Italdesign back in 1968.

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Inside, the seat layout offers both in a 2+2 and 3+1 configuration, but the main feature of the cabin is the absence of buttons. With the sole exception of the parking brake, all the controls are accessed via a large central tablet-like display. Essential driver information is subdivided on four screens arranged at three different depths. The small central monitor, closer to the steering wheel, indicates the gear used; just behind it and to the side, two screens show speed and revs and, finally, the large monitor displays the navigation info.

The GTZero is based on a modular monocoque carbon frame with integrated batteries, It is powered by an electric powertrain consisting of three motors, two on the front axle and one on the rear, which is able to deliver an overall power of 360 kW (489 PS) with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Its top speed is limited to 250 km/h and it has a range of about 500 km. 80 percent of the charge is achievable in about 30 minutes.