Pininfarina HK GT: the Italian sports car with Hong Kong tech knowhow | CAR Magazine

Pininfarina HK GT: the Italian sports car with Hong Kong tech knowhow

Published: 07 March 2018

► Pininfarina HK GT
► Turbine range-extender
► Unveiled at Geneva 2018

It’s Pininfarina concept car time again. This time around the Italian design house has built a 2+2 Le Mans-styled coupe called the HK GT, which was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show. 

In a similar approach to the Techrules Ren RS, the HK GT uses a turbine as a range-extender to provide its equivilent to 792bhp. It’s able to run on a variety of fuels, such as petrol, diesel and hydrogen. 

Expect 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, 155mph flat-out, 60 miles on battery power alone and around 600 miles using the range extender. Kerb weight is 1860kg. 

PIninfarina HK GT cabin

That turbine is provided by Hybrid Kinetic Group, a tech brand from Hong Kong, which is a partner to the project. But it’s not the first time: the H600 saloon car revealed at the 2017 Geneva show was the first concept as part of the joint venture, but the partnership also created two SUVs that were shown in Shanghai.

Pininfarina signed a trade agreement in 2017 with HK to assist with the development of a new electric car, from concept to engineering development and production validation. The collaboration agreement is a 46-month deal, reportedly worth around €65 million (£57m).

The new GT blends Pininfarina’s illustrious design heritage with HKG’s range extender EV powertrain. Details are scarce, but Pininfarina says that it ‘interprets a classic architecture of the Italian automobile while continuing to refine the identity of the Hybrid Kinetic brand.’ 

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches