The introduction of the Battista at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show has given Automobili Pininfarina the desire to come up with more models, with a sedan and an SUV being on the list.
The Mahindra-owned brand’s CEO, Michael Perschke, revealed its plans of building the two models to AutoNews.
“It’s our clear strategic intent to become a significant player in the hypercar and super-luxury segment”, Perschke said. “We have a very clear intent to not remain a one-hit wonder.”
Rather than developing a platform from scratch, the exec revealed that they’re looking at possible partners in the automotive industry to team up with for the architecture that will be used to build the two vehicles. This approach will speed up the development process significantly, as they could launch them in less than 3 years, with battery packs between 100 and 125 kW and a range of up to 600 km (373 miles), while they would be priced between €200,000 and €400,000 ($223k-$446k).
One automaker they won’t approach, though, is the VW Group, despite the Germans’ PPE platform developed by Audi and Porsche being very attractive. The reason behind this decision is that it wouldn’t provide sufficient ground clearance for the Pininfarina SUV.
Pininfarina Automobili is still undecided when it comes to the production site, as they’re currently weighing in their options.
“Ideally, we would produce in Italy, but we’ve had a lot of inquiries from other governments”, added Perschke. “The countries with stronger EV development policies are Germany, France and the UK. The Italian government is unfortunately lagging behind.”
While planning their route, the company is still looking to shift the 1,900 HP, $2.2 million Battista. The electric hypercar has already sparked interest for about half of the 150 units planned, according to the exec, which will be allocated equally across Europe, North America and Asia / Middle East.