Wind in your hair

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 September, 2004, 12:00am
 

The Pininfarina Enjoy oozes Italian flair


The Pininfarina Enjoy has no roof or windscreen, and can barely accommodate a suitcase. But if you want practical, go for a Volvo. This little Italian beauty is unashamedly about looks and driving pleasure.


The Enjoy is the first production car to be made by Pininfarina and will be launched next year to celebrate the Italian design studio's 75th birthday. The roadster has a lightweight aluminium chassis and carbon-fibre shell. Mudguards can be removed to turn the car into an open-wheel racer. The track version weighs less than 800kg and has an impressive power to weight ratio of 4.3kg/bhp. Aside from the beautiful bodywork, the underpinnings have a good pedigree. Lotus supplies the aluminium chassis and mechanical components, and tuned the engine - a four-cylinder 16-valve 189bhp Toyota VVTL-i. The Enjoy sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and tops out at 250km/h.


Adding to the car's sense of exclusivity, the interior has been styled by Louis Vuitton in a combination of leather and weatherproof neoprene textiles. To complete the look, the Enjoy comes with specially designed, colour-matched helmets with a driver-passenger intercom system by Bang & Olufsen. This sound system can connect to the digital music player installed in the doors.


Pininfarina took the Enjoy on a tour through Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (but, unfortunately, not Hong Kong) in July and plans to distribute the car in Southeast Asia through Singapore-based supercar importer Automobil Manufactur.


Even if you have enough cash to buy an Enjoy, don't hold your breath. The Italian design house plans to make only 75 models for distribution worldwide.


Pininfarina Enjoy


Engine: four-cylinder, 16-valve Toyota VVTL-i, tuned by Lotus


Power: 189bhp


Bodywork:


Carbon-fibre panels with extruded aluminium chassis


Weight: 850kg


Acceleration:


0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds


Top Speed: 250km/h


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