If you’re pining away for a small, sharp-looking sports car from Hyundai, don’t get your hopes up, because this mid-engine Hyundai PassoCorto concept isn’t likely to make it to production anytime soon. Instead, the PassoCorto that will debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show is a design study created by the European Design Institute (IED) based in Turin, Italy.
Sixteen students enrolled at IED worked on this full-scale design study under the leadership of Pininfarina designer Luca Borgogno. The students were tasked with creating a design that would appeal to young, connected buyers representing Generation Y; in other words, the car that the students themselves would want to drive. Each of the students submitted individual proposals at first, and then these proposals were narrowed down to the two best designs. The final Hyundai Passocorto concept you see here is a combination of those two designs, and the students themselves created the full-scale model of the design. Last year’s Geneva auto show featured a similar IED design study called the Alfa Romeo Gloria concept.
This PassoCorto project was developed in partnership with Hyundai Design Center Europe, and is powered by a 266-hp, 1.6-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With an overall length five inches shorter than the Hyundai Veloster hatchback, the Hyundai PassoCorto concept is similar in size to the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins but features a mid-engine configuration. We don’t expect anything like the PassoCorto to show up in Hyundai showrooms anytime in the near future, but it’s an interesting look at what such a car might look like.
Stay tuned for more photos of the Hyundai PassoCorto concept closer to its official debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show next month.