Pininfarina's Two-Sided Cambiano Concept Comes to Life in Geneva [82 Photos and Videos]

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If you call the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS a "four-door coupe", then what would you name Pininfarina's 2012 Geneva Motor Show Cambiano Concept that is a sports coupe with a single door on the driver's side but a saloon with two doors and no central pillar on the passenger side?

Pininfarina doesn't have a name for it yet but the Italian design company says the Cambiano represents a new approach to the GT segment.

Named after the Italian town where the Pininfarina Group is headquartered, the Cambiano measures a generous 5,040mm long, 2,000mm wide and 1,360mm tall. It can seat four-passengers and has a boot capacity of 450-liters.

The Cambiano is a range-extended electric car featuring four-in wheel electric motors, each of which delivers a continuous supply of 60kW (80hp) with peaks of 150kW (201hp) for a maximum output of 600kW (805hp), with torque of 640Nm (472 lb-ft).

Pininfarina says that each motor is controlled separately and electronically thus offering various functions, including energy regeneration when decelerating and braking, traction control with the option of continuously varying the torque split between the wheels independently (Vectoring Stability Program) and anti-lock braking assistance.

The car's drive system incorporates an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) in the form of a lightweight (40kg/88 lbs) 50kW Bladon Jets micro turbine that normally runs on diesel but can be calibrated to be compatible with various types of fuel, to charge the batteries and, when necessary, to supply energy directly to the motors.

A battery pack developed by FAAM that is installed between the seats and the rear axle and which can be recharged in 6 hours using a 6 Kw/h grid and in 52 minutes with the APU, completes the setup.

The Italian design house quotes a zero to 100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph). The driving range with the battery alone is 200km (124mph) but it can be extended to over 800km (+497 miles) with the use of the turbine/generator.


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