Hyundai hybrid sports car confirmed

IED Turin and Hyundai's PassoCorto sports car concept

Hyundai is working on a plug-in hybrid sports car with two seats, senior executives have confirmed to Australian media.

The Korean automaker revealed on Monday at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show that it is working on as many as 18 eco-friendly models for launch by 2025, one of which is tipped to be the sports car.

“I can’t tell you more about it, but definitely we are doing that,” Hyundai design boss Luc Donckerwolke told when quizzed about a sports car at this week’s CES. “I am actually reviewing a project on this next week after CES.”

reports that Hyundai R&D Yang Woong Chul confirmed the sports car will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain and that the Hyundai N performance division, led by ex-BMW M engineer Albert Biermann, is handling the development of the car.

Woong Chul also described the targeted performance of the car as being “serious.” ’s sources suggest Hyundai is benchmarking the Lamborghini Huracán and Porsche 911 Turbo for the project.

Talk of a Hyundai sports car dates back several years. Hyundai together with students from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin even played with the idea in 2015 when it presented the PassoCorto concept. And with the Genesis Coupe no longer in production, there’s definitely a void in Hyundai’s lineup that the front-wheel-drive Veloster will never fill. The hybrid sports car could be just the ticket.

Check Also

Acura CDX Hybrid confirmed for 2018 Beijing auto show

Acura sells a compact SUV based on the bones of the Honda HR-V in China. It's called the CDX, and Acura first revealed the vehicle two years ago at the Beijing auto show. At this year's auto show in the Chinese capital, which runs next week, Acura will introduce a new hybrid version of the CDX. No details have been released but we've heard the powertrain...

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder spy shots and video

Porsche's 718 Boxster and Cayman have just received the GTS treatment. But the German sports car marque is already working on the next rung up the ladder, the new 718 Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4. Shown here is a prototype for the Boxster Spyder. The car is being developed alongside a new 718 Cayman GT4 and should make its debut soon, as a 2019...