If you’re a fan of exotic cars, chances are you’ve drooled over a Pininfarina design. This Italian design firm has crafted the body designs of Ferraris, Maseratis, Peugeots and others throughout their 80 year history. Today, Pininfarina has revealed a design for an entirely different kind of vehicle– a bicycle. The Pininfarina Fuoriserie Luxury Bicycle is the latest from Italy, a high-design, hand-crafted bicycle that is as pricey as it is pretty.
Pinfarina’s Fuoriserie bicycle sports a stainless steel frame with walnut wood coverings on the top end. The classic Pininfarina logo is raised above the wood with a hint of elegance. Both the seat and handlebars are wrapped in fine woven leather, providing as much comfort as they do visual appeal. The result is retro in appearance, but decidedly dashing.
The Pininfarina bike isn’t just about looks and charm, it’s also got a special electric system built in. It features pedal-assist technology built into the hub that allows cruising speeds from casual pedaling. Hills and valleys are flattened out thanks to this pedal assist, as tough obstacles are handled by pedal assist power.
The Pininfarina Fuoriserie Luxury Bicycle isn’t for everyone, and it’s priced accordingly. Only 30 of these bicycles will be produced, and the top-end version will be priced at about $11,300 USD. As we said above, it’s as pricey as it is pretty. It’s a collector’s vehicle, ideal for those who are fanatical about their love for Pininfarina. [via theverge]View in gallery View in gallery View in gallery
The leather accents and wood details are gorgeous, but the frame geometry kills it. The bent top tube would be an unacceptable stress riser. I would want mine to be built with the classic horizontal top tube geometry. Also, where is the battery, and can it be removed for charging?