The 1900 bhp Italian electric car was spotted in Turin: its debut is near

The 1900 bhp Italian electric car was spotted in Turin: its debut is near

The 1900 bhp Italian electric car was spotted in Turin

The debut of Pininfarina Battista, the Italian electric hypercar, now seems just around the corner. Automobili Pininfarina, the automotive division of the famous Turin designer, used a partially disguised model on the streets of Turin in order to hide the real appearance of the special car for a while.

Pininfarina Battista is a project that goes ahead by now for some and promises truly incredible performance and features. The power of four electric motors, combined with a 120 kWh battery, promise an overall boost of 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm of maximum torque. Staggering numbers and capable of making even the most performing thermal hypercars on the market pale. According to the manufacturer, the car will be able to burn the shot from 0 to 100 in less than 2 seconds and touch a maximum speed of 350 km / h. There is still little information on autonomy even if a maximum distance of 500 km is expected, probably calculated with the conservative WLTP cycle.

To be more precise, Battista will not be a real hypercar but more a hyper- GT and therefore similar to the Swedish Koenigsegg Gemera. Produced in only 150 copies, expected by the end of the year, it will be offered at a figure of approximately 2.6 million euros. An additional aerodynamic kit is also expected, known as "Furiosa", which involves the installation of carbon elements.

Paolo Pininfarina, President of Pininfarina SpA, specified that Battista represents a tribute to the vision of his grandfather (ed. Giovanni Battista “Pinin” Farina) who would be more than delighted to see a car capable of embracing the technology of the future without any compromise, as per Pininfarina tradition.

Battista's tour through the city of Turin was carried out in collaboration with technological development partners, DANISI Engineering, and the Polytechnic of Turin. With this short but intense journey through the streets of Turin, Battista literally returns home, to the nerve center of design and engineering.

Lamborghini Urus plug-in hybrid to pack 820 bhp?

a green car parked on the side of a road: Lamborghini Urus Evo Renderings © Copyright Lamborghini Urus Evo Renderings

The SUV's facelift will also allegedly bring a high-performance Sport RS version.

Lamborghini has been spotted on multiple occasions testing a mid-cycle facelift for the Urus, and a new report from Car Magazine claims the disguise will come off sometime in 2022. The revised variant of the 'Super SUV' is expected to bring an extension of the family as Sant'Agata Bolognese is allegedly planning a plug-in hybrid version and also a non-electrified Sport RS.

The PHEV has been a long time coming, with Lamborghini's chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani revealing in an interview nearly three years ago the Urus would get a charging port within 18 months. That obviously didn't happen, but it appears the LM 002's spiritual successor is getting closer to jumping on the electrified bandwagon.

According to Car Magazine's report, the Urus PHEV will rely on an unknown Porsche engine codenamed 'LK5.' The British publication doesn't say whether it's a six- or eight-cylinder engine, but it does claim the petrol mill can produce as much as 600 bhp. It will work together with an electric motor to offer a combined output of 820 bhp.

As with all conventionally powered vehicles that adopt a plug-in hybrid setup, the Urus PHEV is going to put on some serious weight. We're hearing it will add about 250 kilograms over the V8-powered model available today. That would bring the total to 2,450 kg before adding any of the available optional features and we're sure there will be plenty.

Fewer details are available regarding the yet-to-be-confirmed Urus Sport RS. It is said to offer as much as 675 bhp, which would represent a 25-bhp bump over the current model. It could use an uprated version of the existing twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine and possibly pack a little bit more torque than the 627 pound-feet accessible in the regular Urus.

On a related note, Car Magazine claims the next-generation Urus has been delayed until 2028 and we're not going to see a Huracan replacement until 2025. The Aventador has been reportedly pushed back as well, even though the flagship V12 supercar has been around for literally a decade. A fourth model remains an on-again, off-again affair and hasn't advanced past the fullsize clay model stage.

The 'embarrassing shortage of fresh product' as reported by Car Magazine could cost Lamborghini up to 3,500 sales annually until the middle of the decade, but as usual with reports, take this info with the proverbial pinch of salt.

Source: Car Magazine

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