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2003 Bertone Birusa Concept

In 2003, Bertone unveiled the striking Birusa concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, based on the BMW Z8 platform. This concept was not meant for production but was a design showcase to highlight Bertone's innovative approach to automotive styling. The Birusa retained the Z8's 4.9-liter V8 engine, delivering a robust 400 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed manual gearbox. The car featured distinctive carbon fiber gull-wing doors that added a futuristic touch to its design.

One standout feature of the Birusa was its advanced technology, including a glass sunroof that filtered out 95% of UV rays and a multilingual voice control system for various car functions. It also boasted a night vision system for enhanced safety during nighttime driving. The large moonroof at the rear could be electronically stowed in the trunk, adding versatility to the car's design.

Bertone paid meticulous attention to detail both inside and out. The exterior showcased a wedge-shaped profile with aluminum blades incorporating the door handles and functional air outlets. The rear of the car featured full-width LED taillights that intensified with braking effort. Inside, the Birusa boasted an impressive Bose sound system with 11 speakers and 2 subwoofers, designed to maximize sound quality while minimizing space.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Birusa was its integration of a Segway stored in the trunk, customized to match the car's interior. This unexpected addition highlighted Bertone's commitment to blending cutting-edge technology with automotive design. The concept's unique doors, advanced technology features, and distinctive styling set it apart as a bold interpretation of the high-performance GT car concept, showcasing Bertone's visionary approach to automotive design and innovation.

Source & Images: Carrozzeria Bertone s.p.a.

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