The big three Italian design houses - Bertone, ItalDesign-Guigaro and Pininfarina - have showcased their visions for future sportscars by BMW, Lotus and Chevrolet’s Corvette at Geneva.

The big three Italian design houses - Bertone, ItalDesign-Guigaro and Pininfarina - have showcased their visions for future sportscars by BMW, Lotus and Chevrolet’s Corvette at Geneva.

Bertone’s BMW Birusa

CARtoday.com recently published a sketch of Bertone’s Birusa dream car, a concept we said would make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. And did it make an appearance!

As can be seen from these pictures, there is much more to the Birusa than its BMW Z8 aluminium chassis and the M-tuned 300 kW five-litre V8 engine taken from the M5. Compared with the Z8, the GT is much larger, with a long and classic sloping front end and an almost non-existent rear.

With the Birusa, Bertone has returned to what it does best - a flamboyant showcar providing a glimpse of how the high-performance GT car (front engine, rear drive, two seats) could evolve in the near future.

The wedge-shaped profile is characterised by a classic Bertone device - a dihedral-shaped side window with an undercut lower glass section. A bright highlight spear from the front wheelarch to the top of the rear bumper bisects the glass.

The simple, elegant body sections feature subtle scalloped edges to surfaces, and short front and rear overhangs, reported recently.

The rear has slim horizontal taillamps and graphically-integrated exhaust outlets and diffuser panel.

The glass roof and rear window slide back under the rear deck and the doors are elaborate gullwing style. The voice-activitated electrically-powered carbon fibre doors swing forwards as they open, providing better access than the normal gullwing-type.

The front face is a new interpretation of BMW’s headlamps and twin kidney grille theme. But BMW aficionados may be disappointed to see that there is no blue-and-white roundel on the Birusa.

Pininfarina Enjoy

The Enjoy is a roofless two-seater sports concept car based on the aluminium chassis of a Lotus Elise. Like the Lotus, the Enjoy is an extreme sportscar designed for road and track use.

Based on motorcycle and single-seater dynamics, it harks back to weekend club-racing cars such as the legendary Caterham 7. It is powered by a Lotus-tuned 100 kW 1,8-litre four-cylinder.

One of the most interesting and unique features of the Enjoy are mudguards that can be removed to reduce weight when on race circuits where open wheels are permitted, said.

The centre of gravity is low because the driver and passenger are seated centimetres above the tarmac. When not in use, the barchetta cabin can be completely closed off from the elements with two carbon fibre panels that are stored in the front cargo hatch.

ItalDesign-Guigaro’s Corvette Moray

With the Moray, Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro pays homage to the 50-year era of the Chevrolet Corvette.

Built on Corvette mechanics and chassis, the sportscar is designed to have a pure profile, “designed as though touched by drifting tides”, Guigaro says, with long and slender front lights.

The unmistakable look of the Corvette grille is complemented by a more accentuated curvature in the serpentine bonnet (which projects frontward) forming a contrast with the upraised cut-off tail.

Hinged to the rear door frame, the clear crystal semi-dome of the doors swing open like gullwings. When the wings are removed, the Moray is transformed from a coupé into a quasi roadster.

The B-pillar was replaced by a central arch-shaped steel structure to which the two wings are hinged.

There are no side-mirrors, which have been replaced by a telecamera system with dashboard-integrated viewers. The Moray is fitted with a 300 kW plus six-litre Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine.

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