made a name for itself designing (and in some cases even building) sporty two-door coupes and convertibles for European automakers, with high-revving engines and sonorous exhaust notes. But the times, sang Dylan, they are a-changing.
These days Pininfarina is owned by anIndian automaker
, and takes a big part of its business from up-and-comingChinese manufacturers
keen to leverage the design firm's name and skills. And this is the latest.
, this rather sleek sedan was designed for the Hybrid Kinetic Group based out of Hong Kong. Unveiled at the2017 Geneva Motor Show
, the H600 is about the size of a long-wheelbase Mercedes S-Class or BMW 7 Series, and to our eye looks at least as good – especially in this warm shade of metallic grey and with its pillarless doors opening outwards.
We have a little more trouble swallowing the spec sheet, though. Apparently HKG envisions using an unspecified array of electric motors with a micro-turbine range-extender – a setup similar to whatJaguar envisioned for the C-X75 supercar concept
, but couldn't get to work... at least, not in a cost-effective manner.
According to the documentation, the powertrain would offer in excess of 800 horsepower, and propel the big sedan to 62 in 2.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. In other words, it would be as potent as what Mercedes has in store for its four-doorAMG GT Concept
– only without Daimler's considerable engineering expertise to actually make it happen. Color us skeptical, then... but it sure does look nice.