At his year’s Geneva Motor Show Hyundai, in collaboration with Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, revealed a new sports car concept called the PassoCorto. They remained tightlipped about it during the press days of the show and revealed nothing about it, at least not officially, until now.
Hyundai PassoCorto Concept is a two-seater sports car designed to appeal to Generation Y consumers. Think of as the sophisticated, mid-engined cousin of the bold ad brash Genesis Coupe. The PassoCorto, which is Italian for ‘short wheelbase’, has a lightweight construction with a dry weight of only 840 kg.
Because the car is so light, it doesn’t need a massive engine to give it good performance. So it gets a rear-mid mounted four-cylinder in-line 1,6-litre bi-turbo engine. This setup brings Alfa Romeo 4c to mind, and guarantees the car would be able to get out of its own way.
The most important thing about the Hyundai PassoCorto though, is the looks, what with it being a design study created by interns at IED. The car is designed as European sports car, and although Hyundai says nothing, it could be stepping stone for the launch of such a thing in the near future.
Being a Generation Y sort of car, Hyundai PassoCorto looks like something closely related to the Batmobile and is finished in a fiery orange color. It also features a video camera that not only acts as a rear view mirror, but also records high-resolution videos to be shared with friends on the web. That camera alone is proof enough that this car is of its time and speaks volumes about the age group it is aimed at.