ItalDesign will unveil a luxury limousine with a strong sporting character at Geneva. Called the Buran, the car will be powered by a 368hp Maserati V-8 twin-turbo engine coupled with an ItalDesign-made permanent four-wheel-drive system.
The Buran is Giorgetto Giugiaro's latest attempt to transform a luxury car into a practical and ergonomic vehicle. Giugiaro first tried in 1978 with the Lancia Megagamma and, more recently, with the Lexus Landau (1994) and the Audi A8-based Structura (1998).
Despite looking a compact hatchback, similar in size to an Audi A3, the Buran is much bigger. It is 3950mm long and 1950mm wide.
'Only in recent years has the luxury car adopted a low, three-box shape. Look back to some earlier cars like the Bugatti Royale - it was a tall hatchback,' said Giugiaro.
The Buran's interior is so roomy that a third row of seats could be added. It is also a running prototype. It was built at IDC, ItalDesign's US unit based in Irvine, California.