NEXT UP, A SUPER-SUV
I spent a Sunday morning with CEO Michael Perschke at Automobili Pininfarina's Munich offices where I was shown final sketches of the PF0. And it looks beautiful, that full width LED DRL on the nose a distinct visual signature as is the split rear wing. I can tell you that the doors scissor upwards, adding considerable visual drama, while the cockpit has a central speedo flanked by two large screens on either side, which evokes a central seating position vibe. The PF0 — not the final name — is a conventionally beautiful Italian supercar with Michael insisting it will have Italian flair and will not be cold and emotionless. Customers are signing up for Michael's vision with 75 per cent of US allocation spoken for. The European road show is yet to kick off in right earnest and already 25 per cent of allocation has been sold. That's 200,000 euro deposits on the 2 million euro hypercar of which only 150 will be built with deliveries to start in 2021.
This is of course the start, next for Automobili Pininfarina is an all-electric superSUV to rival the Urus and word on the street is that it will use components from the Rivian all-electric pickup that has only recently been showcased. This SUV will be more sensibly priced, not much higher than the top-ofthe-line Tesla Model X's 350,000 dollar price tag. I've seen sketches of the SUV and that will have even more of an impact than the PF0. And if the styling doesn't floor you the 0-100kmph time of under 3 seconds from the 740bhp battery pack definitely will.