An all-terrain supercar called the ‘Kangaroo?’ Sounds like a native Australian, a muscular beast sporting a V16 and an onboard Foster’s Oil Can cooler that can get you from Canberra to Cairns in a few hops’ worth of pleasant driving—as long as there’s no ‘booze bus’ in sight, mate.
One look at the car, though, reveals a thoroughbred Italian. A glance at the profile reveals a mid-engine layout, and the pretty but aggressive lines and large side air intakes look street-supercar to the bone.
But the Kangaroo has an SUV hiding inside it, making it a peculiar automotive lycanthrope of sorts; regardless of the lunar cycle, the Kangaroo can make a fast transformation to all-terrain monster via dramatic suspension adjustments.
The Kangaroo is the brainchild of Giorgetto Giugiaro, a legendary designer of cars, cameras and even firearms who has many an iconoclastic form to his credit. His progressive automobile designs of the last century included the DeLorean and the Lotus Esprit S1, the Maserati Ghibli and the De Tomaso Mangusta.
Giugiaro developed the Kangaroo with his son, Fabrizio, and the presented the car under the aegis of his new company, GFG Style, in Geneva this month. This latest design is an EV and—by virtue of the Kangaroo’s multi-terrain ambitions—presents an almost new dimension for Giugiaro: iconoclastic usage profile.
Almost new, that is, because the Kangaroo isn’t the first all-terrain supercar to emerge from the restless designer. The Parcour concept preceded it. That car—which looked like the love child of an AMC Eagle and a Maserati—appeared in 2013.