After a quick detour into weird SUV design, Automobili Pininfarina is back, and in top form. Leaving those chunky utility curves behind like a ruffled, oversized suit on the changing room floor, the famed Italian brand has unveiled the all-new B95, a sleek, airy hypercar it calls the world’s first pure-electric open-top hyper-barchetta. As the car vectors torque from its massive 1,877-hp electric drive toward a sub-2-second 0-60-mph (96. 5-km/h) sprint, the two occupants can deflect the breeze with a world-first adjustable-windscreen system.
Pininfarina insists that the Pura Vision design study influenced the B95, but outside of the rounded nose and razor-thin headlamps, it feels like it shares far more DNA with the equally fast, flashy Battista. It was the latter that provided the large recess in the hood that is the foundation for the most striking feature of the barchetta – body-piercing grilles rising up from the hood. This looks like it’s something that would be found on a high-end electronics or computer air cooling system.
The high-arching front wings are linked to the muscular rear fenders via clean, straight sides accentuated by flat character lines and carbon skirts. Bulging protective domes rise up behind the two seats, adding what little height the glasshouse-free speedster can muster.
While the car has no roof, Pininfarina’s aeroscreens are adjustable. Inspired by vintage fighter planes, the bubble-like clear polycarbonate screens can be individually adjusted to each occupant’s liking, ensuring a bit of personalized comfort at speeds up to 186 mph (300 km/h).
Below its glossy bright yellow and charcoal skin, the B95 borrows the Battista’s all-electric powertrain, tuned specifically for the new host. The quartet of motors produces 1,877 hp (1,400 kW) and masses of torque distributed out through a vectoring system. The driver can adjust the ride by selecting from five different modes on the dial at their fingertips.
Pininfarina promises sub-2-second 0-60-mph acceleration in addition to the 186-mph top speed. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery takes as few as 25 minutes (at 270-kW charging rate) to leap between a 20 and 80% charge of its 120-kWh capacity.
A roadster of this caliber deserves an interior that is as unique and handcrafted as it. Pininfarina gave the interior design the weight to match. It starts with classic racer-inspired seats that cosset driver and passenger in soft, luxurious tan leather sewn together with contrast stitching. The seats are then topped with head and shoulder rests wrapped in a lively houndstooth-patterned textile.
Directly ahead of the two B95 occupants, the lower carbon dash is styled to look like an extension of the distinctive bodywork separated only by a slice of seat-matched leather. While the angling on the instrument panels encourages drivers to look ahead with focus, the subtler angling on the controls and center console separates pilots from copilots.
As you likely already guessed, the „B“ stands for Barchetta. The „95,“ meanwhile, identifies the 95th anniversary Pininfarina will be celebrating when the B95 goes into production in 2025. And that production will be limited to a mere 10 bespoke hand-crafted examples, each wearing a base price tag of EUR4. 4 million (approx. US$4. 7 million).
Automobili Pininfarina will show the B95 to the car aficionado public at this weekend’s Monterey Car Week gatherings, where it will also be showing the Pura Vision design study and the special-edition Battista Edizione Nino Farina GT.
Source: Automobilli Pininfarina