Anyone have $2.9 million to spare?
At the Geneva Motor Show last year, Pininfarina revealed the Battista - an electric hypercar that kicks off a new era for the fabled carrozzeria as it transitions from design studio and coachbuilder to a full-fledged automaker. Now it's back again (or would have been if the show hadn't been canceled), but this time it bridges to the company's storied past.
Even more exclusive than the groundbreaking hypercar's already strictly limited production, the new Battista Anniversario edition marks 90 years since Battista "Pinin" Farina first opened the firm that still bears his name.
Automobili Pininfarina's new Battista Anniversario edition comes with the Furiosa aero package that will be available on all Battistas, but the front splitter, side blades, and rear diffuser are rendered on the special edition in a combination of bare and blue-tined carbon fiber with white pinstripes, and are further augmented with a unique rear wing and fins. The Battista Anniversario also features an even more intricate exterior paintjob (available in white, blue, and a new shade of grey), enhanced interior treatment in black leather and Alcantara, special badges inside and out, and larger 21-inch lightweight alloys that further reduce unsprung weight by almost ten kilos (22 pounds).
Try not to like it too much, though, if you can. Of the 150 examples of the Battista to be made, only five will be Anniversario editions - and each will command a princely sum of €2.6 million, or about $2.87 million at current exchange rates.
"My grandfather always had the vision that one day, there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars," said chairman Paolo Pininfarina. "The Battista Anniversario, named in his honour to mark 90 years of the carrozzeria that he started, is a glorious way to link our past with the future of motoring."
Meanwhile development continues apace on the Battista on which this special edition based. With Croatian startup Rimac lending its know-how and former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld honing it on the track, the electric hypercar has already demonstrated 80 percent of its intended performance capabilities - already outpacing every other Italian supercar to date (which is saying quite a lot).
The Battista is anticipated to channel 1,877 horsepower and 1,696 lb-ft of torque to hit 62 in under two seconds, reach 186 mph in under twelve, and top out over 217 mph. And with a more powerful battery pack than originally designed, it'll go even further on a charge.