Hyundai looked at MG Midgets, Triumph TR6s and other classic British sports cars for inspiration in designing its latest concept, the HCD6.
The mid-engine HCD6 sports a 215-hp, 2.7-liter, V-6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
'It's our vision and version of the roadster of tomorrow,' said Dave Weber, Hyundai's vice president of marketing. Senior Hyundai designer Dragan Vakadinovic said the car is unique in that its rear air intakes are fused with the rear wheel wells. Air turbulence created by the tires is directed to the engine, which helps keep it cool.
The HCD6 also has identical 'floating' bumpers. They helped cut tooling costs by allowing the same interchangeable bumper to be used in the front and back. The car also has as a built-in roll bar.
Weber said the HCD6 likely would follow the path of Hyundai's five previous HCD concepts: It won't make production, but some of the styling cues and technical innovations likely will be used on upcoming cars.
Said Vakadinovic: 'It's purely a design exercise.'
Meanwhile, Hyundai is looking at expanding its U.S. lineup with a bigger sport-utility and a luxury sedan based on the Korean-market Equus, a V-8-powered sedan about the size of an Infiniti Q45.