There’s no shortage of amazing concepts on the floor of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Some of them stand out through their design, some through the tech under the hood.
Some even to manage to impress on both fronts, and that’s definitely the case with the majestic saloon we’re taking a look at in this post. This is the Pininfarina H600.
Before we dive in and begin to analyze the H600, you need to learn a bit about its background. The H600 is a collaboration between legendary Italian design house Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group, a Hong Kong-based tech company that develops a rather unusual hybrid gas turbine technology. The two companies recently announced a $68 million deal, and the H600 is the first car to come out of the tie-up.
This is a no-compromise saloon for the superich. It’s large and luxurious, but it’s also lightning fast. In more than one way, the H600 is an unabashed Tesla Model S competitor.
The front grille has a Maserati flair to it, though Pininfarina says the design is actually functional, as the large grille lets in an inflow of air for the micro turbine propulsion pack inside. The body is void of superfluous lines, bucking a design trend from the last few years that has seen many cars become increasingly busy. On the back, the design highlight is a continuous light bar that integrates the stop lights. It’s a simple, effective touch.
The H600 looks almost burly and it’s pretty heavy too at 4,122 pounds, but we guess that’s the price you have to pay to travel in style. And style is what you get here. Suicide doors open to reveal ample interior space, with all the fine leather, dark wood, and metallic accents you could ask for. There’s light aplenty, thanks to the panoramic glass roof.
The seats in particular look very “executive,” in a retro kind of way, while dashes of neon blue serve to remind that you’re in a cutting-edge hybrid car. If that’s not enough, the multitude of touchscreens might do the trick – these include a large, Model S-like display on the central console, plus screens for passengers in the back.
We don’t know much about the technology that lurks under the H600’s expansive bonnet. It definitely sounds impressive though: over 800 horsepower, and 62 mph in 2.9 seconds.
This crazy performance is made possible by a micro gas turbine, which generates the current that’s fed into the car’s electric motor. With both the gas turbine range extender and the onboard battery taken into account, the Pininfarina H600 is said to reach a range of 612 miles.
That’s downright amazing, but the caveat is this is just a concept car for now, and Hybrid Kinetic Group is yet to demonstrate its technology in a production vehicle.
Pininfarina H600 image gallery
Even if it may not be entirely realistic, the Pininfarina H600 is definitely one of the most striking green cars we’ve seen in Geneva this year, and we can’t wait to hear more about it.