IED Hyundai PassoCorto Concept bows in Geneva
Created by a group of 16 automotive design students at the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in Turin, Italy, the Hyundai PassoCorto Concept is a 2-passenger mid-engine coupe on a mission to grab the hearts and minds of Gen Y buyers. Commissioned by Hyundai Design Center Europe as part of a Master in Transportation Design thesis, the PassoCorto program was overseen by Pininfarina's lead designer, Luca Borgogno.
Rendered as a full-scale model, the PassoCorto - which literally means "short-wheelbase" in Italian - is envisioned as a compact, lightweight GT with exhilarating performance and a connected character. Roughly the size of the new Alfa Romeo 4C and measuring just 94.5 inches between axles, the car is designed around a carbon fiber composite structure and would weigh about 1,850 pounds in production trim.
Designed to accommodate a twin-turbo version of Hyundai's 1.6-liter direct-injected Gamma 4-cylinder engine tuned to crank out 270 horses, a road-ready version of the PassoCorto would be stunningly quick to say the least. And with its bold lines, aggressive contours and bright orange exterior, the car definitely looks the part. Full LED lighting, intensely flared fenders, exhausts that exit out of the rear deck like a modern F1 racer and a rear-view camera in place of a conventional back glass add even more interest to the exterior mix while the futuristic but functional dual-cockpit cabin treatment keeps the engagement level high for those inside, as well.
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