Italdesign GTZero Zaps Geneva: If Lamborghini Built a Tesla Model S Rival

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Ever since Lamborghini unveiled the Estoque four-door concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, we've been lusting for a sedan/four-door coupe built in Sant'Agata Bolognese. With the upcoming Urus SUV now keeping the company busy, that story now belongs in children's books.
Meanwhile, all-electric performance sedans have gained traction. And with Porsche announcing it has begun the transition towards a production version of the Mission E, we are on our way to see what happens when the VW Group makes Tesla sweat.

But what if (we love this kind of question) the Raging Bull were to make a step forward from 2014's Asterion hybrid concept and come up with a four-door EV?

Well, the result would be at least partially similar to the Italdesign GTZero concept we met at this year's Geneva Motor Show. With the company now belonging to the VW Group, this shouldn't come too much as a surprise, should it?

While the styling shows obvious Lamborghini DNA, the company explains the design is a nod to Italian retro icons it has penned in the past, such as the Alfa Romeo Scighera and the Ferrari GG50. However, being a modern-day product, the vehicle offers active aerodynamics, in the form of the air intakes and rear spoiler.

This isn't just an eye-catching study resting on the "To Be Disclosed" platform. Instead, everything is built on a modular carbon monocoque that uses aluminum subframes. While the concept houses batteries in its floor and center tunnel, the company explains the architecture also enables the current 4-seater layout to become a 3+1 setup that would allow the car to use hybrid propulsion. For instance, a gas-electric version would ditch the center tunnel batteries, making room for a driveshaft.

Speaking of electric juice, Italdesign explains a quick recharge setup allows the battery pack to be brought to an 80 percent state of charge in 30 minutes (this is where we feel the Mission E influences). And since we mentioned the batteries, we should tell you these offer a driving range of 311 miles (500 km).

Three electric motors allow this concept to deliver an all-wheel-drive setup with 483 hp, with two motors powering the front axle and the rear axle getting its dedicated motor.

Entering the handling area, we'll mention the all-wheel-drive is doubled by the trend of the moment, namely all-wheel-steering.The interior offers a minimalist approach, with touchscreens inviting the driver to use them for nearly all the functions of the vehicle.

To go with the new car and the fresh helm man (the company is led by Michael Mauer now that Walter de Silva has left the VW Group), the Italians have also unveiled a new logo.

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