• Aug 16, 2008

Update: Additional live shots of the Hyperion added from the Concept Lawn at Pebble


Click above for high-res gallery of the Pininfarina Hyperion

The one-off Pininfarina Hyperion made its debut tonight at the Gooding & Company auction tent, and we were on hand to see the cover come off this highly anticipated coach-built convertible. Their was a somewhat somber mood among the Pininfarina team, who dedicated the car to the car to the late Andrea Pininfarina, but their spirits were lifted as the Hyperion received an excellent reaction from the crowd as it was unveiled. The car looks truly stunning in person, and we prefer the styling of the Hyperion over the standard Drophead Coupe. The hood is incredibly long, due in part to the extra 400mm created by moving the windscreen back, and we especially loved the unique headlights. We will have additional photos for you on Sunday when the car is displayed during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Until then, enjoy the gallery below of the unveiling.

Photos Copyright ©2008 Drew Phillips / Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally, to me it looks like that car out of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen".
      • 6 Years Ago
      The LED outline is a bit gauche... but then again, I'm still a little sore about Bentley being sold to the Germans. :o

      At any rate, it seems like the front 3/4 would be the Hyperion's best side. I'll defer judgment until the car can be shot at ground level in better light.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Front end has a gaudy awful appearance....rest of car is actually quite nice from what is pictured.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it a lot. The headlights are the only thing that seems a bit iffy to me. Was this thing built for someone or is it just a concept car built and being shown for the event?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think in whole the car screams china and the side reminds me of a z4. Nothing beats the original.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, stunning; but i'm reminded by jeremy clarkson's remark on how led headlamps look like christmas lights; still, brilliant
        • 6 Years Ago
        because when you're driving this, everyday feels like a holiday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't help but thinking that it looks like all of those Chinese reproductions (blatant copies) of existing designs. I am usually quite fond of Pininfarina creations, but i don't think that this really does Rolls justice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Quite stunning. I only wonder about the mirrors, maybe they were inspired by Prince Charles.
      Tim
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very beautiful. Definitly better than the stock Drophead coupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The standard Drophead looks Godawful from the side, but this looks pretty good from any angle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thinking exactly. This is everything the Banglesque BMW in-house Rolls-Royce designs haven't been. It's elegant with long flowing lines, owing its heritage to more than a few borrowed themes from several of Britain’s other great marques.

        The post-BMW acquisition RR's have been dreadfully tacky caricatures suited to the p-diddy’s of this world (thank god VW treated Bentley with a bit more care). Clearly the Italians have a much better idea of what a Rolls should look like, hopefully Bangle’s design teams take note.
      • 6 Years Ago
      not every body may dream of driving such car, only a few people may do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW has killed the Rolls. The front end it a joke. I have seen Tonka trucks wiuth more appeal.

      On the other hand ther body on this looks better but they needed to fix more of the nose.

      Bently has much more oppeal even in stock form and VW has gone the right direction. Too bad they did not get Rolls too.
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