Robb Review: Pininfarina Battista

The all-electric hypercar boasts some incredible power figures.

By Nicolas Stecher 18/10/2021

Within the past several years, many of Europe’s few surviving coachbuilders have had to redefine themselves as boutique carmakers, with mixed results. Of these, Italy’s Pininfarina, arguably the most revered carrozzeria of them all, hopes to set the benchmark for both design and execution with its offshoot Automobili Pininfarina and the new 1400kW, all-electric Battista hypercar.

Testing the two-seater in Southern California’s high desert, we can’t come close to teasing its limits, but no matter. Pressing the throttle in Energica mode—“limited” to a mere 1114kW—is like teleporting to the next apex with a side effect of intense chest compression; dialled up to Furiosa, which allows access to every last horse, the acceleration feels like one of them kicked you in the solar plexus. No surprise, since the power train is supplied by EV wunderkind Mate Rimac and is the same one that underpins his Rimac Nevera, the fastest-accelerating production car in the world.

Pininfarina Battista

With four electric motors, the 1400kW Battista can be piloted from full stop to 100km/h in under two seconds. James Lipman

Named after Pininfarina’s founder, the $2.7 million-plus Battista is equipped with an electric motor at each wheel and a 120 kwh high-power-density battery pack. The results are stats that read like typos: 2300Nm of torque, a 350km/h top speed and a zero-to-100km/h time under 2.0 seconds—quicker than MotoGP prototypes. Just when you’ve caught your breath from the absurd thrust, the Battista’s cornering prowess snatches it away again. The car vectors torque in a way we’ve simply never experienced, spinning the outside wheels faster than the inside front rubber in a corner, allowing the car to pivot on a tighter radius, or so it feels.

The Battista also turns a corner when it comes to the constructor’s design language. Automobili Pininfarina’s design director Luca Borgogno’s sleek, elegant work is a worthy offering to the gods of balance and proportion; squint and you just may glimpse a Ferrari 458 in the hips and sensuous haunches. But details such as the razor-thin rear LEDs and a split active-aero rear wing confirm that this beast is sui generis, the first product from a new Pininfarina, one that has evolved into artist and automaker both. No more than 150 examples of the Battista will be sold.

ADVERTISE WITH US

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

Car Of The Year Wants You

Get to know the ultimate automotive program ahead of its return in 2022.

By Robb Report Staff

26/11/2021

Robb Review: Ferrari 812 Competizione

Equipped with a 6.5-litre V12, it’s the second most powerful naturally aspirated road-going mill in Ferrari history.

By Basem Wasef

25/11/2021

First Look At The 2024 Polestar 5 Grand Tourer

The EV, which first debuted as the Precept concept in 2020, will go into production for the 2024 model year.

By Bryan Hood

24/11/2021

Introducing The Ferrari Daytona SP3

The latest rarity in the Italian marque’s ‘Icona’ series.

By Bryan Hood

22/11/2021

Porsche Adds The Taycan GTS

The newly unveiled EV is said to hit the ‘sweet spot’ in the range.

By Bryan Hood

19/11/2021

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected