Italdesign Giugiaro Quaranta oozes speed, tech, and sex while still getting 38mpg

If you’re thinking about going green with a Toyota Prius, hold on a second. Underneath this spectacular spacecraft-like exterior by Italdesign Giugiaro beats the frugal heart of a Prius. Well, almost, because the Quaranta concept car, to be rolled out at the Geneva Motor Show next week, has a bigger 268-horsepower 3.3L V6 engine running on good ol’ gas teamed up with that midships-mounted hybrid Synergy Drive built by Toyota.

That’s where the similarity to a Prius ends, though, because this car is a virtual clinic in forward design. From its swooping solar power-generating roof to its kooky seating with the driver up front and two passengers behind, it’s a car that's a precursor to what’s ahead in auto design. You’ll be happy to know speed isn’t left out of that equation — this highway rocket blasts from 0-62mph in just over 4 seconds. Hard to believe it’ll still get 38 miles per gallon. Check out the gallery below, with lots more pics to see at the Autoblog site.

Via Autoblog