Hyundai PassoCorto – a studious sports car concept

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The term once adorned the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta short wheel-base, and it’s now the name of a Hyundai concept which is bound for Geneva. The Hyundai PassoCorto is a mid-engined, two-seater sports car study powered by a 267 hp 1.6 litre four-cylinder twin-turbo mill.

The 4.1 metre-long offering isn’t quite the complete work of the Korean automaker, even though the project was led by its European Design Centre. Primary design work on the PassoCorto was from a class of sixteen students on a Master in Transportation Design course at Turin’s Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), with the project being coordinated by Pininfarina’s lead designer, Luca Borgogno.

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Working on the design brief handed out by Hyundai Design, which was to come up with a vehicle that Gen-Y consumers would want to own and drive, the entire class submitted design proposals, whittling it down to two that were judged to best fit the initial brief – the two designs were then merged together into the final model, combining around 70% of one proposal and 30% of the other.

The PassoCorto, which is the tenth full-scale model created by the clever folk at IED, is unlikely to see the light of day production-wise, but Hyundai shouldn’t now be short of ideas if it ever wants to go series on a mid-engined sports car, hey?

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  • Hyundai De La Junk on Feb 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This car will fail Crash test as the brake lamp exceed the real bumper… what a junk

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    • Pinky on Feb 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Brace yourselves, butthurt T and H fanboys gonna start the hate comments!

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  • Kiasu No Kiasi on Feb 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Lamborghini Front & Toyota Passo name… Once Copy Cat forever copycat…wakakaka

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  • farghmee on Feb 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    i thought this is a mashed-up of lambo rims, toyota 86 front, citroen GT back & ferrari 458 hood?

    nice try.

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  • Eddie on Feb 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm



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  • BLT CLUB on Feb 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Reminds me of a Marussia B2. Can see a little resemblance….

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  • Proton see this?? on Feb 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Eh proton,

    If you cannot make anything better than this please tell your good fren to remove the excise duty…else we need a lot of money in order to buy this if Hyundai does makes it to production. IS300h Taiwan only RM150k here RM300k…but still your good fren claims he is not making money!!!

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  • Donald on Mar 01, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I see a duck tail… Ha ha ha

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