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GFG Kangaroo concept explores the idea of an all-electric, all-terrain supercar

GFG Kangaroo concept explores ...
GFG has designed the Kangaroo for use in all types of conditions - pavement, snow, sand and dirt
GFG has designed the Kangaroo for use in all types of conditions - pavement, snow, sand and dirt
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This GFG Kangaroo is ready for a Swiss ski weekend after the Geneva show
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This GFG Kangaroo is ready for a Swiss ski weekend after the Geneva show
GFG showed this red plaster Kangaroo model alongside the working orange concept car
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GFG showed this red plaster Kangaroo model alongside the working orange concept car
The Kangaroo concept rides on  big 22-in wheels with Pirelli Scorpion tires
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The Kangaroo concept rides on  big 22-in wheels with Pirelli Scorpion tires
GFG Style hosts the Kangaroo world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
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GFG Style hosts the Kangaroo world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Entry into the Kangaroo is made via a two-part opening with scissor door and swing-up canopy panel
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Entry into the Kangaroo is made via a two-part opening with scissor door and swing-up canopy panel
Inside, the Kangaroo uses three driver displays for information and control
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Inside, the Kangaroo uses three driver displays for information and control
We're not sure we want to test those skeletal carbon-framed seats out on a bumpy off-road track
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We're not sure we want to test those skeletal carbon-framed seats out on a bumpy off-road track
GFG Style hosts the Kangaroo world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
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GFG Style hosts the Kangaroo world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
GFG Style presents a supercar for all terrains 
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GFG Style presents a supercar for all terrains 
GFG Kangaroo full-size model
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GFG Kangaroo full-size model
The rear looks like it's all vent, but it also includes hidden rear lights in that vent
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The rear looks like it's all vent, but it also includes hidden rear lights in that vent
GFG Style hosts the Kangaroo world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
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GFG Style hosts the Kangaroo world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
The Kangaroo comes powered by a 483-hp electric motor duo
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The Kangaroo comes powered by a 483-hp electric motor duo
The GFG Style Kangaroo rides on 22-in wheels specially designed to match the exterior color
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The GFG Style Kangaroo rides on 22-in wheels specially designed to match the exterior color
An adaptive front spoiler adjusts aerodynamics to the current ride mode
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An adaptive front spoiler adjusts aerodynamics to the current ride mode
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
With the market of high-end SUVs from brands like Bentley and Lamborghini heating up, is the time ripe for a more car-like hyper-SUV?
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With the market of high-end SUVs from brands like Bentley and Lamborghini heating up, is the time ripe for a more car-like hyper-SUV?
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
The Kangaroo also includes various cameras and sensors for autonomous driving
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The Kangaroo also includes various cameras and sensors for autonomous driving
A memorable pair of eyes
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A memorable pair of eyes
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
GFG Style did some on-snow testing with the Kangaroo in St. Moritz
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GFG Style did some on-snow testing with the Kangaroo in St. Moritz
The GFG Kangaroo explores the snow
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The GFG Kangaroo explores the snow
A combination of all-wheel drive, adjustable ride height and four-wheel steering give the Kangaroo a versatile drive
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A combination of all-wheel drive, adjustable ride height and four-wheel steering give the Kangaroo a versatile drive
The GFG Kangaroo speeds forward on snow
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The GFG Kangaroo speeds forward on snow
Inside, the Kangaroo has a U-shaped steering wheel and three driver displays
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Inside, the Kangaroo has a U-shaped steering wheel and three driver displays
The display immediately behind the steering wheel serves as an instrument panel while the one higher up works as a digital rear-view
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The display immediately behind the steering wheel serves as an instrument panel while the one higher up works as a digital rear-view
The GFG Style interior features a combination of materials like Poltrona Frau leather and Kult fabric
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The GFG Style interior features a combination of materials like Poltrona Frau leather and Kult fabric
Inside the GFG Kangaroo
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Inside the GFG Kangaroo
The large tablet-style center console display works infotainment and navigation
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The large tablet-style center console display works infotainment and navigation
Inside the GFG Kangaroo
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Inside the GFG Kangaroo
The GFG Kangaroo isn't just for cold, snowy commutes
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The GFG Kangaroo isn't just for cold, snowy commutes
GFG has designed the Kangaroo for use in all types of conditions - pavement, snow, sand and dirt
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GFG has designed the Kangaroo for use in all types of conditions - pavement, snow, sand and dirt
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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GFG Style Kangaroo concept
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Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro may have left Italdesign behind, but they never left behind the idea of an all-terrain supercar a la the Italdesign Parcour/Audi Nanuk Quattro. In fact, they've revised the concept into something they call a "hyper-SUV." The all-new Kangaroo concept brings pure, unfettered electric performance to terrains of all kinds, seamlessly going from a low-riding track champ to a high-riding off-road machine. An adjustable suspension, electric four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and adaptive aerodynamics help it make the transition.

GFG Style brings together the usually discrete worlds of electric supercars, off-road utility vehicles and grand tourers, creating a performance car with unbounded performance, a car unconstrained by any terrain variations below or around it.

"I have tried to imagine the future of electric hedonistic cars," explains Fabrizio Giugiaro. "The result is a concept I have believed in for some time, namely the transmission of uncompromising passion and sportiness in one car, for any road condition, be it track, sand, dirt or snow. Just like a kangaroo, it rises up, springs into action, jumps from one terrain to another and is very fast indeed."

With the market of high-end SUVs from brands like Bentley and Lamborghini heating up, is the time ripe for a more car-like hyper-SUV?
With the market of high-end SUVs from brands like Bentley and Lamborghini heating up, is the time ripe for a more car-like hyper-SUV?

The foundation of this versatile terrain-jumper is a fully variable hydraulic suspension system with ride-height adjustment. Racing, road and off-road settings allow the driver to alter ride height between 5.5 and 10.2 in (140 and 260 mm), accompanied by a shock adjustment that keeps things stiff for fast, ferocious road and track sprinting and cushy for off-road rambling.

Drive power comes from a 483-hp dual-motor electric powertrain developed in partnership with China's CH Auto. The two motors distribute the 502 lb-ft of torque out to all four wheels, and a four-wheel steering system helps to improve maneuverability, decreasing the turning radius as the large 285/45 R22 Pirelli Scorpion tires bite into the ground below. To round things out, GFG slaps a 3.8-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time and 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed on the Kangaroo spec sheet. The 90-kWh battery pack provides an estimated range of more than 280 miles (450 km).

A combination of all-wheel drive, adjustable ride height and four-wheel steering give the Kangaroo a versatile drive
A combination of all-wheel drive, adjustable ride height and four-wheel steering give the Kangaroo a versatile drive

The Kangaroo has a highly stylized carbon fiber body hung atop its space frame. The 4.6-m (15-ft) car has a forward-set design reminiscent of a mid-engine supercar and quite different from the rear-slung Parcour and Nanuk Quattro concepts. The short hood gives way to a dramatic glass canopy while the compact front fenders roll into powerful rear haunches that extend the length of the flanks. What appear to be big air intakes behind each door are actually charging ports — one for fast charging, one for standard charging.

Up front, the sharp, razor-thin headlights are visually connected with an equally thin hood emblem. Below, an adaptive front spoiler balances aerodynamics and approach angle according to drive mode.

GFG Kangaroo full-size model
GFG Kangaroo full-size model

Out back, the Kangaroo appears to have a very simple layout of thin rear lights atop a broad vent, but that outlet actually conceals integrated LED indicator and reverse lights, coming to life with light during respective driving maneuvers.

Access inside the Kangaroo is a two-part affair, with the door lifting in a slight scissor-style movement and a section of canopy swinging up like a miniature gullwing. The interior supports driver and passenger comfortably in minimalist GT-style seats made from a skeletal combination of leather-trimmed cushions and carbon framing.

Inside, the Kangaroo uses three driver displays for information and control
Inside, the Kangaroo uses three driver displays for information and control

GFG deconstructs the dashboard into two standalone displays. The widescreen behind the steering wheel takes the place of the instrument panel, showing vehicle information, while the extra-wide, thin screen farther back toward the windshield serves as a digital rear-view mirror. The standalone touchscreen angling up the center console provides infotainment and navigation control. The tablet-like center console area includes two integrated cupholders for convenience.

Entry into the Kangaroo is made via a two-part opening with scissor door and swing-up canopy panel
Entry into the Kangaroo is made via a two-part opening with scissor door and swing-up canopy panel

GFG put the Kangaroo to the test on snowy track in St. Moritz before moving it across the country to its Geneva Motor Show debut. The company also teases the possibility of taking snow driving a step further in the future by fitting the Kangaroo with tracks for true cold-weather dominance.

Source: GFG Style

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7 comments
Joshua Tulberg
Where's the 10.2" of ride height?
guzmanchinky
So cool! But do people who buy cars like this take them on dirt or snow?
christopher
Oops. Kangaroo cars are right-hand-drive.
Martin Hone
Talks cheap. Let's see this Kangaroo take a leap..... as in off-road !
Bionic88
Is it April already?
Mzungu_Mkubwa
Love the design of this car: simple flowing lines, but crisp and svelt to be rally-ready. Reminds a bit of the old Lancia Stratos rally car, if it was bred to a Ferrari Testarossa. Just sweet stuff, here! Kudos!
joe46
all-terrain ? I bet my Subaru outback can go more off road than that thing.