When Hyundai-Kia hired Albert Biermann away from BMW’s M division late last year, it seemed like big things were in store for the South Korean brands in terms of performance. Well, now AutoCar has a little good news/bad news for sports car enthusiasts after speaking with Hyundai’s president and CEO in the UK, Tony Whitehorn.

Bad news first: Biermann’s arrival won’t be followed by a dedicated sports car… at least in Hyundai’s U.K. lineup. Whitehorn said “going into the sports car segment is a risk for the UK,” which leaves the door open for Hyundai to develop a dedicated sports car for other markets including the U.S. but I’m not holding my breath.

Sadly, this means that the automotive world will probably not be getting a production version of Hyundai’s killer 2014 PassoCorto Concept that debuted last year at the Geneva Motor Show. On the other hand, this statement is directed toward Hyundai only, so there is still a chance that Kia could eventually offer a sports car – hopefully based on the 2014 Kia GT4 Stinger. Fingers crossed!

The good news is that Whitehorn is looking into harnessing some of Hyundai’s WRC performance know-how and putting it into existing global products like the i20 and i40/Sonata. It’s been more than a year since we last heard any news on Hyundai’s new “N” performance sub-brand, but this brand would certainly see use on some of the products mentioned by Whitehorn.

Click past the jump to read more about Hyundai’s future performance cars.

Why it matters

Although it would have been nice to see the Hyundai PassoCorto Concept make it into production, the interview with Hyundai’s top executive in the UK, Tony Whitehorn, shows that there is still plenty to look forward with at the brand in coming years.

2014 PassoCorto Concept

2014 Hyundai PassoCorto High Resolution Exterior
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Source: AutoCar

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