Hyundai PassoCorto concept

Hyundai PassoCorto concept – the Hyundai sports car of the future

Hyundai sprung a surprise recently, unveiling the Hyundai PassoCorto project, pictured above.

A bit of a breakaway from its normal fare of hatchbacks and SUVs, this Hyundai sportscar really wowed the crowds – and for good reason, too.

We’ll start at the heart of any good sports car: the engine. And this one’s a great. It’s a 1.6-litre unit, but being twin turbocharged it kicks out a healthy 265hp.

Thanks to the Hyundai PassoCorto’s lightweight bodyshell, it means this car will be very quick indeed.

There’s no official word on a 0-62mph time, but around 5.0 seconds flat seems extremely reasonable.

It’s compact dimensions means it should be agile, too. “Passo Corto” actually means “short wheelbase” in Italian, giving a clue as to the car’s dynamic prowess.

At just 4.1 metres long and only 1.88 metres wide, it’s shorter but wider than the current Audi TT, which together with the design helps create a low centre of gravity and an extremely flat cornering stance.

Hyundai PassoCorto concept © Newspress

At the minute, the Hyundai PassoCorto is just a concept, created in conjunction with students from the Instituto Europeo di Design in Turin, Italy. The project was supervised by none other than Pinifarina lead design Luca Borgogno, who has some of the most beautiful Italian sports car ever created on his CV. It shows.

The Hyundai PassoCorto is an angular, aggressive looking thing, but those rakish lines work. This gives a preview as to what a future Hyundai sports car could look like – and if that’s the case, we definitely want to see the project come to fruition.

We want to know what you think of the Hyundai PassoCorto though. Do you like the idea of a Hyundai sports car, offering excellent performance, brilliant handling and efficiency, as well as stunning looks?

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