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Pininfarina gives a tractor the supercar treatment

The Concept Zetor by Pininfarina brings a touch of style to the paddock
The Concept Zetor by Pininfarina brings a touch of style to the paddock
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: taillight design
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: taillight design
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: hood and headlights
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: hood and headlights
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: more headlights
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: more headlights
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights on
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: headlights on
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: fancy hubcaps. And check out the size of those rims.
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: fancy hubcaps. And check out the size of those rims.
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: side view
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: side view
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: rear three quarter view
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: rear three quarter view
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: rear view
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: rear view
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: left side
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: left side
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: tinted windows are a nice touch
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: tinted windows are a nice touch
The Concept Zetor by Pininfarina brings a touch of style to the paddock
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The Concept Zetor by Pininfarina brings a touch of style to the paddock
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: front view
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: front view
The Zetor Crystal 160 stock tractor actually looks pretty good, too
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The Zetor Crystal 160 stock tractor actually looks pretty good, too
Lamborghini's tractors are pretty sexy in their own right
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Lamborghini's tractors are pretty sexy in their own right
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: extra angle on the hood
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Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: extra angle on the hood

Concept cars and motorcycles are a dime a dozen. Concept tractors? They're about as rare as hen's teeth. That hasn't stopped Czech tractor company Zetor hitting the Agritechnica fair in Hannover with a pimpin' concept that looks more Concorso D'Eleganza than field d'asparaguza, thanks to the help of storied Italian design house Pininfarina.

Bust out your Tiffany pitchfork, your Gucci overalls and your best Jimmy Choo gumboots, Concept Zetor by Pininfarina is the only choice for fashion-forward farming folk.

The Italian styling house, best known for its famous Ferrari designs, has produced a concept tractor to inform Zetor's future design direction. According to Zetor, the new design "shifts Zetor to a more intense, emotional experience that is highly sensual, dynamic and modern." It looks pretty sweet in deep, rich red, although there's no photos to show how it'll look accessorized with mud and faeces.

Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: rear three quarter view
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: rear three quarter view

It's worth remembering that Ferrari's famous competitor Lamborghini started out as a tractor maker itself and, in fact, still makes some pretty sweet looking farm machinery in its own right. For example, this fella:

Lamborghini's tractors are pretty sexy in their own right
Lamborghini's tractors are pretty sexy in their own right

So perhaps it's not completely outrageous to apply high-end european styling to farm machinery. But let's see if we can work out what Pininfarina brought to the Concept Zetor. Here's a standard Zetor Crystal 160 from the current model catalogue:

The Zetor Crystal 160 stock tractor actually looks pretty good, too
The Zetor Crystal 160 stock tractor actually looks pretty good, too

And a similar photo of the Concept Zetor:

Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: extra angle on the hood
Concept Zetor by Pininfarina: extra angle on the hood

Back to back, the regular one actually looks pretty nice in its own right. The Pininfarina design boasts a slightly more slanted hood, revised headlights, tinted windows and funky hubcaps. The roof section shows some nice new details and the useful bits at the front are replaced with, or covered by, a new piece of bodywork.

The changes aren't earth-shatteringly huge, and I'm not convinced they're as likely to sway the average farmer nearly as much as horsepower, reliability or practical touches. But still, now we've seen a concept tractor designed by supercar specialists, and that's not something you can say every day.

Source: Zetor

3 comments
Anne Ominous
If you're buying your tractor for looks or luxury, then wheat prices are FAR too high.
Alien
When it's caked in mud or covered in grain dust, I doubt if the outward appearance will be the prime factor in this machine's attractiveness. Now if Pininfarina has done some serious design work inside the cab where the real benefits could be felt, then Zetor might be onto a winner. Incidentally will those heavily tinted windows really be street legal?
Benchkey
Agree with Allen. Additionally if they have improved ease of hookups to tools and equipment, that would be an added benefit. Question do all those fancy fenders easily move out of the way for maintenance?