Pininfarina Battista Is The Perfect Combination Of Performance And Design

By Jason Barlow
22 May 2019
Pininfarina Battista, Car
Pininfarina Battista
With the Pininfarina Battista, one of Italy’s most famed automotive designers finally steps into the light

This is the most powerful road-legal car ever to come out of Italy. Thanks to a 120 kWh lithium ion battery pack and an electric motor on each wheel, the Pininfarina Battista has approximately 1900bhp and 1696lb ft of torque.

Those are extraordinary numbers and give it acceleration to rival a Formula One car. Zero to 62mph apparently takes less than two seconds, 186mph is up in less than 12, and its top speed is around 250mph. The only thing stopping it going even faster is the capability of its tyres.

Pininfarina Battista

But as it’s also the first car to be designed, developed and manufactured by Italy’s most famous automotive design house – architect of virtually every Ferrari and many more of the world’s most desirable cars – it’s also staggeringly beautiful. 

“We wanted to keep the form and proportion of a traditional supercar,” Pininfarina’s chief designer Luca Borgogno says. “We did a lot of research, thought about how much of a spaceship it could have been, but elected to create something in line with our history, true to our values. The cabin pushing forward, the long tail balancing the visual weight – it’s still the best configuration you can find.

Pininfarina Battista

“It takes back some of the beauty of the Sixties, the sensuality. Look at the cars in our museum upstairs: what really strikes you is the purity and beauty.” Judge it for yourself – we tend to agree.