Hyundai is prepared to make some waves at the Geneva Motor Show and...wait, that’s not anything new.
What’s new for this year, though, is that Hyundai has developed a concept car in collaboration with the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin that will be unveiled in Geneva in less than a month’s time.
The study is called the PassoCorto and according to Hyundai, it was commissioned by the Hyundai Design Center Europe "as a tribute to the Made in Italy design that is studied at the IED". That’s a fantastic way of saying "hey, thanks for the help, IED!"
For now, the PassoCorto Concept is a static model, which means that it might show up at Geneva without all of its faculties together, but as far as describing what the car is going to look like once fully setup, we’re getting hints that Hyundai will use a lightweight, carbon-fiber monocoque chassis in order to meet its target weight of 1,852 pounds.
Likewise, the engine will be Hyundai’s 1.6-liter, bi-turbocharged engine that produces 270 horsepower, while the interior is designed with the idea of installing two cockpits, each with their own integrated instruments and seats that are optically connected to the dashboard. We’re not quite sure how that’s going to look when its all said and done, but then again, that’s the beauty of concept cars these days.
You’re not always going to get what you expect, but you know you’re going to get something that’ll be talked about.
Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai PassoCorto by IED.
Hyundai PassoCorto by IED in Detail
According to Hyundai, the PassoCorto Concept measures 161.4 inches long, 74 inches wide, and 45.6 inches high with a wheelbase of 96.4 inches. With those measurements, the PassoCorto Concept could be slotted as an entry-level sports car that should give the Genesis Coupe a cousin it can relate to. Lastly, we don’t know if our eyes deceive us, but doesn’t the PassoCorto look like a subdued-looking McLaren P1 ?
If Hyundai can successfully sell the auto world with an independent-style cabin like this, it could pave the way for what could be the future of interior cockpits for sports coupes.