Pininfarina has developed an unparalleled reputation for beautiful design thanks to its history shaping some of the world’s most desired cars, most notably those produced by Ferrari. But the Italian design house also brings all kinds of other products to life, everything from tractors, to drones, to kitchens. Its latest piece of work is a stylish, high-tech e-bike that goes by the name Evoluzione. Does this two-wheeler live up to the reputation Pininfarina has established with four-wheelers?Evoluzione is completely modern and perhaps a touch futuristic. The beefy carbon bike was shaped from a holistic philosophy, as Pininfarina explains it, and the firm took pains to integrate the electrical components seamlessly.
Pininfarina didn’t need to start from a blank sheet, as the Evoluzione’s general frame geometry is quite clearly derived from models like the Zeitgeist from Diavelo, the e-biker maker that partnered up on the Evoluzione.
From those beginnings, Pininfarina put its own stamp on the new bike. The biggest evolution, and a cornerstone of the holistic approach, the flush-set computer sits just above the bend in the top tube, creating a smooth, integrated cockpit, a trend we’ve seen on other bikes and components, including the SpeedForce and VanMoof Electrified S.
In terms of its powertrain, the Evoluzione relies on a Brose mid-drive blended neatly into the thick frame. The thick down tube above the 250-watt motor drive holds the removable battery, a 500Wh 36-volt pack from Panasonic. The e-drive provides for speeds up to the regulated 15.5 mph (25 km/h), with 20 mph (32 km/h) a possibility in areas that allow it. A Continental belt drive and Shimano components help get all the pedal-assist power to the street, and Shimano hydraulic discs bring the 700c Schwalbe tires to stop.