Mike Stevens | Mar 15, 2012

Pininfarina's space-age Cambiano concept, revealed at the this month's Geneva Motor Show, could soon be on the road for a deep-pocketed few.

The plug-in hybrid vehicle runs on four electric motors housed at each wheel, each providing up to 150kW each in sport mode, and a more modest 60kW in regular driving.

When the power of the diesel-fuelled turbine generator and electric motors are combined, Pininfarina claims a top speed of 275km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds.

The diesel turbine puffs out a scarcely believable 45g/km of CO2, making it especially green even by plug-in hybrid standards.

Range is a claimed 500km, but as with many electric cars, this would be difficult to achieve if you were wishing to use the ample performance of the car's battery pack.

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Speaking with industry paper Automotive News, the styling house's CEO, Silvio Angori, suggested that the more people who order one, the more affordable the car will become.

As something of a posh group-buy, if only ten were ordered (this seems unlikely), the price tag for each would be a fairly stiff €1m (AU$1.25m).

If the numbers reached 70-75, the company reckons it can lop 60 percent off that price and deliver it for €400,000 (a tick under AU$500,000).

With clever packaging and solid performance, it seems highly likely that European roads will see a good few Cambiano cars whirring around by early 2015.


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