Revealed: ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour Concept - Geneva 2013
A surprise reveal in Geneva, the ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour Concept is a unique design exercise created to help the operation celebrate its 45th anniversary. This distinctive multi-faceted player effectively melds a sporting mid-engine GT car with an equally capable off-road rambler.
Visually, the Parcour displays a number of intriguing design elements, including a detached A-pillar that serves as a wind deflector, octagonal fenderwell openings that house a 22-inch wheel/tire fitment and dramatic roof pillars that channel air onto the car's retractable aft spoiler. Motivation for the Parcour Concept is supplied by a 5.2-liter/550-horse Lamborghini V10 engine that sends power to all four wheel via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with sufficient gusto to send it from 0-62 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
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To ensure it can cope with the demands of getting down and dirty, the Parcour Concept features a unique pushrod-style suspension system that allows a driver to manually adjust the car's ride height from 8.2 to 13.0 inches, as terrain and conditions dictate. The chassis -- which also features two interconnected coilover spring/shock combos at each corner -- can be dialed into Comfort, Off-Road, Ice or Sport modes by the driver. Under normal street operations, each wheel is only controlled by a single coilover unit.
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The cabin of the ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour Concept feature a Plexiglass dash panel that incorporates a multifunction split-screen LCD monitor directly ahead of the driver. It displays color-coded vehicle status, GPS navigation, audio system data or images from the rear camera in its upper portion and all of the basic instrumentation functions in its lower half. While the Parcour's bucket seats are fixed in position, the car's multifunction steering wheel and pedal set are both fully adjustable.
Sharing the spotlight in Geneva, Giugiaro also displayed an open-air version of his latest dream machine dubbed the Parcour Roadster. Dispatching the fixed roof did require some tactful re-engineering of the front and rear pillars, but its maker claims this even-sportier variant retains all of the coupe's functionality.
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