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Pininfarina HK GT Is Faster Than A Huracan Performante

You can always count on Pininfarina to show off a striking concept car at a motor show.

From the lavish Lagonda Vision Concept to the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo, there were no shortage of concept cars at this year’s Geneva. But when it comes to churning out concepts, Pininfarina is one of the most prolific manufacturers. We’ve seen a plethora of concepts from the legendary Italian design house in recent years, and this year was no exception with the debut of the HK GT. A successor to last year's luxury H600 sedan concept, the HK GT is the fourth concept designed by Pininfarina for the Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group.

Sporting a long sculpted hood and a curved line descending to the rear, its elegant design immediately draws comparisons to the latest Mercedes-AMG GT—particularly at the rear, which features slender taillights and a small trunk spoiler. As we saw in last week’s teaser, the HK GT is a sleek electric grand-tourer that incorporates a 2+2 seating layout and gargantuan gull-wing doors, enabling occupants to make a dramatic entrance or exit. Inside, the interior has a clean, minimalist design, with a “floating” dashboard design and a digital instrument display behind the steering wheel. A large touchscreen infotainment system slides out of the dashboard.

Another screen on the tunnel gives passengers access to functions to adjust environmental controls. Powering the gorgeous grand-tourer are four integrated-magnet motors and a two-speed transmission. Combined with a microturbine range extender and a 38kWh battery pack, the HK GT has a combined output of 1,072 horsepower, enabling the powerful concept to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.7 seconds. That’s 0.2 seconds faster than a Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Top speed is 202 mph. Pininfarina says the HK GT can travel up to 62 miles on pure electricity, and run for 621 miles using a range extender.

While the HK GT is still a concept, Pininfarina also presented a production version of the H2 Speed, which debuted as a concept two years ago. Billed as the first ever high-performance electric-hydrogen racing car, the H2 Speed features a carbon-fiber chassis derived from a Le Mans prototype. The wheelbase has been extended since the concept, and its maximum width has been reduced to adapt the bodywork to the new racing tire track width. Furthermore, the cockpit has been raised to give the driver a better view. The H2 Speed’s hybrid powertrain incorporates four electric motors and a lightweight fuel cell to produce 653 horsepower.

Compared to an EV, it’s much faster to top up as it only takes three minutes to fill up the hydrogen tank—if you can find a hydrogen station. Combined with a light weight of just 3,130 pounds, that’s enough power to rocket the track car from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and cover 1312 feet in 11 seconds before reaching a top speed of 186 mph. Production will be limited to just 12 units. No price has been announced, but you can get it will be astronomically expensive.

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