Bicycles

Pininfarina is now offering a luxury e-bike

The Fuoriserie's walnut wood-veneered top tube
The Fuoriserie's walnut wood-veneered top tube
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Built for Pininfarina by Italian bicycle manufacturer 43 Milano, the Fuoriserie's frame is made of chrome-plated, hand-welded Dedacciai Zero DR chromoly steel tubing
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Built for Pininfarina by Italian bicycle manufacturer 43 Milano, the Fuoriserie's frame is made of chrome-plated, hand-welded Dedacciai Zero DR chromoly steel tubing
It has a ZeHus Bike+ rear hub motor
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It has a ZeHus Bike+ rear hub motor
The interlaced leather emulates the leather interior of the Pininfarina-designed 1936 Lancia Astura Bocca
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The interlaced leather emulates the leather interior of the Pininfarina-designed 1936 Lancia Astura Bocca
The headlight puts out 250 lumens
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The headlight puts out 250 lumens
Its hub dynamo-powered lighting system is made by Germany's Supernova
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Its hub dynamo-powered lighting system is made by Germany's Supernova
The Fuoriserie's walnut wood-veneered top tube
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The Fuoriserie's walnut wood-veneered top tube
Only 30 Fuoriseries are being made
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Only 30 Fuoriseries are being made

Over its 84-year history, Pininfarina has designed breath-taking cars for the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo. Starting in the 1980s, however, the Italian design firm began branching out into other types of products. Now, it's offering its own house-brand e-bike – the Pininfarina Fuoriserie.

According to the company, the Fuoriserie was inspired by the "tailor-made cars of the Thirties." In fact, the interlaced leather used on its handlebar grips and saddle (provided by Italian leather goods manufacturer The Bridge) emulates the leather interior of the Pininfarina-designed 1936 Lancia Astura Bocca.

Built for Pininfarina by Italian bicycle manufacturer 43 Milano, its frame is made of chrome-plated, hand-welded Dedacciai Zero DR chromoly steel tubing – the top tube additionally sports a walnut briar-root wood veneer. Other features include Campagnolo Veloce rim brakes, Nokon Carl Stahl articulated aluminum brake cable housings, a BLB Pista Vera crankset, aluminum rims from H Plus Son, and 700 x 28C Kevlar-reinforced Panaracer Rimbo tires.

It also has a hub dynamo-powered lighting system made by Germany's Supernova, which includes a 250-lumen LED headlight.

Built for Pininfarina by Italian bicycle manufacturer 43 Milano, the Fuoriserie's frame is made of chrome-plated, hand-welded Dedacciai Zero DR chromoly steel tubing
Built for Pininfarina by Italian bicycle manufacturer 43 Milano, the Fuoriserie's frame is made of chrome-plated, hand-welded Dedacciai Zero DR chromoly steel tubing

The rider's pedaling power is augmented by a 250-watt ZeHus Bike+ rear hub motor, allowing them to reach a maximum speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). Its lithium-ion battery is charged both by the rider's pedaling on easy stretches and via regenerative braking, so it theoretically shouldn't need to be plugged in to recharge.

There's no word on the complete bike's weight, and we're still waiting to hear back from Pininfarina regarding its price. Given that only 30 Fuoriseries are being made, however, it's probably safe to assume that they won't be cheap.

Sources: Pininfarina, 43 Milano

6 comments
B0gdan
This "news" is from 26 March 2014 and the prices are mentioned on the page used as source. Pininfarina Fuoriserie €5,256.00 - €8,400.00 Pininfarina Total Black Naked €5,256.00
canderso
Regenerative braking only does so much. Your "so it theoretically shouldn't need to be plugged in to recharge" statement seems like a bit of over zealous.
SLB
"it theoretically shouldn't need to be plugged in to recharge" Bzzzt. On flat ground, very little of the energy that goes into powering a bicycle is available for recovery; almost all of it is lost to air resistance. On hills, you can recover more of it, but regenerative braking is not 100% efficient anyway. And while you could in principle charge it with leg power, what's the point of an e-bike if you're doing that?
Gregg Eshelman
The studio also did design work for Nash and American Motors. Their design for the 1952 Nash was used with little change through 1957. Remove all the added on bits from a 1956 or 1957 Nash or Hudson and it's easy to see the original 1952 design. The studio also did the exterior design of the Coke freestyle soda vending machines. I assume they also did design work on the Honda Metropolitan scooter since the name script is identical to that used on the 1954-1962 Nash Metropolitan cars.
Robert Meurant
Another pointless rich mans "objet d'art", probably never get ridden. Bikes are for riding not displaying in someones treasure trove.
REScott
Things are what they are. If it gets ridden then it's a bike, if it gets displayed then it's art. Then some will call it both no matter.