tech2 news staffApril 30, 2021 10:52:32 AMT
The wrappers are not part of the Suzuki Misano EV roadster concept, which Suzuki has commissioned from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy. For decades, Suzuki has been manufacturing both compact cars and a wide range of motorcycles. To mark the two souls of the company, Suzuki wanted a concept that would represent the best of both worlds. An IED group of 24 master’s students working in Turin – from India, Italy, Turkey, France, Lebanon, Israel, Spain, Albania and Belgium – began work on this concept in 2020, named after the Misano World Circuit motorcycle race track.
The Suzuki Misano is 4,000mm long, 1,750mm wide and only 1,000mm high, and is a small, wide and low roadster with two seats but not in a traditional side-by-side. To create an engine experience, the Suzuki Misano has a tandem seat with the cab on the left, and the two-wheel drive even has a small windshield. In fact, Suzuki went a step further and changed the steering wheel to the style of a motorcycle handlebar!
As a result, there is only one curved rim on the left, and on the right side of the Misano you will find the battery and trunk. However, no information has been shared about the battery itself or other technical details.
In terms of design, the Suzuki Misano sport has clean lines and a smooth surface. Arrow-shaped LED lights add aggression to the face. The door on the driver’s side has an integrated glass panel (there is no door on the right side), rose gold Accents compensate for the concept’s gray paint system, OZ Racing wheels – worn on Pirelli tires – add rim to the wheel arches and the distinctive rear end features thin LED taillights and full LED headlights.
There is no word on whether Suzuki imagines the Misano concept as the predecessor to the future sports car. Suzuki has partnered with the IED in the past, and while Misano has plenty of show car elements – like a handlebar instead of a steering wheel – it’s also not too far from a road-ready sports car. Suzuki hopes to do a great job in the world of electric vehicles, and a fully electric sports car could very well strengthen its image as a manufacturer of small but fun cars.