It was all over the news when Hyundai-Kia hired Albert Biermann away from BMW’s M division, by this time people were expecting big things for a sports car from Korean brand. But it seems that there will not be any sports car from their side, instead of that company is planning for high performance car. Last week talking to AutoCar, Hyundai’s U.K. chief Tony Whitehorn said that “Putting a new sports car into that segment isn’t easy. It’s a big risk.” With the boss statement, sadly it looks like the Hyundai PassoCorto concept won’t be going into production anytime soon. Looks like Biermann arrival won’t be followed by sports car. According to them its a risk to go into the sports car segment in the UK. But one thing should be noticed that this statement is made by Hyundai, so still there is chances that in coming days Kia motors may launch a sport car in the market, maybe based on 2014 Kia GT4 Stringer but nothings confirmed at this point. Even Hyundai hinted that that recent concept PassCounto is developed at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin, and even last October its execs said they are under process of a sports car concept but decision yet to be taken over. So there is still a lot to come in future days and definitely fans will be expecting a lot of company.
The Hyundai PassCorto is mid engine sports car concept which was announced at the Geneva auto show conference last year. PassCorto means short wheelbase in Italian. In concept it uses 1.6-liter turbo engine, which is approximately capable of producing 268 hp. The size of the concept car is similar to car recently showcased in NAIAS, Alfa Romeo 4C. No doubt it is a beautiful car, made with ultimate perfection and power. But sadly they may not make it to market. But the good news is the company will be focusing on performance based cars. Company’s dedication can be seen that they hired BMW M engineering veteran, which is definitely an asset for them.