Acura NSX Concept GT Races on Suzuka Circuit

We still don’t have a release date for the next-generation Acura NSX but we are getting to see it in action! Acura (Honda) recently uploaded to its Japanese YouTube channel video of an NSX Concept GT race car doing its thing on the Suzuka Circuit. We don’t know if the intention was just to tease us but, if so, it’s working; We now want one more than ever.


Students Help Design Hyundai PassoCorto Concept Sports Car

Hyundai PassoCorto concept

Hyundai PassoCorto concept

Hyundai’s doing pretty well coming up with concept car designs on its own; Just take a look at the Intrado concept unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month.  But the Korean auto maker doesn’t mind accepting help from outside, either.  Enter the PassoCorto, the concept sports car that resulted from a design collaboration between Hyundai and students at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin.  The PassoCorto, which is Italian for “short wheel-base”, also debuted at Geneva.  Click here for the Autoblog article on the sweet ride or scroll down for the school’s press release.

Press Release:

PassoCorto: a two-seater sports car at Geneva Motor Show

The concept car realized by the Master in Transportation Design in collaboration with the Hyundai Design Center Europe will be revealed in world preview.

PassoCorto, the tenth full scale model created by Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin, is a sports car, extremely compact in size. Designed by the Master in Transportation Design – work experience IED Turin – a.y. 2012/13 in collaboration with Hyundai, it will be revealed in world preview at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show (press conference: 4th March 2014 at 4 p.m. – hall 5, stand 5041).

The Korean car manufacturer gave to the Institute a design brief with its target potential customers being young people, who are always connected, those of 2.0, known as generation Y. This very target market also includes the students on the Master’s asked by Hyundai to draw and design the car that would be top of their list for buying and driving.

It is time of PassoCorto, created in a year – 2014 – that, in addition to the tenth full scale model, will also see the Institute celebrate 20 years of the Transportation Design course and 25 years of activity in the region.

PassoCorto is the work of sixteen students on the Master’s course coordinated by Luca Borgogno, Lead Designer Pininfarina. The concept is the result of a process marked by various assessment stages, simulating a real working situation. All the students submitted their own proposal; the two that were best able to respond to the initial brief were selected and “merged” together into the final version which combines approximately 70% of one proposal and 30% of the other. The entire class in fact created a core working team in order to create a well-integrated model of the two final versions in line with the concepts expressed by the scale models, completing as a group the full scale concept.

The Istituto Europeo di Design would like to thank Hyundai Design Center Europe for the fruitful collaboration that is taken forward so passionately.


See the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept in All its Glory

14When Kia unveiled the GT4 Stinger at the North American International Auto Show earlier this week the Korean auto maker dubbed it the company’s “most aggressive concept car ever”. The 6-speed manual, 315 turbocharged horsepower Stinger is being billed as a “purebred, affordable sports car”. Tom Kearns, chief designer at Kia Design Center America, says, “It’s an authentic 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track. It’s about purity, simplicity and timelessness. The GT4 Stinger is a throwback to days when driving a car was a visceral experience that wasn’t muted by electronic gimmickry.” The only problem? Kia has no plans to bring the GT4 to market. Kearns says, “It’s a totally selfish design. The design team at KCDA is full of gearheads and enthusiasts, and the GT4 Stinger is the perfect car for that kind of crowd.” If you just want to drool over a car you may never see in person check out the photo gallery and video below. To learn all the intricate details about the Stinger click here for the entire Kia press release.


Another Photo and a Few More Facts About the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept


Kia is dribbling out details about the GT4 Stinger concept to be unveiled next week. Here’s the latest photo and press release. Yes, Kia, it’s working… our interest is sufficiently piqued.


Sculpted. Menacing. Fast.

Kia’s GT4 Stinger concept will be unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week. Beneath the low wedge of the sculpted hood resides a tuned version of Kia’s proven 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine pumping out an impressive 315 horsepower. The hooves hit the ground via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission that routes power to the rear wheels where 275/35R20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires meet the asphalt. Staggered 235/35R20 Pirelli P-Zeros nestle beneath the front fenders. Custom 20-inch aluminum center-lock wheels feature carbon fiber inserts for strength and weight reduction. Tucked inside the massive wheels and bringing the GT4 to a halt are Brembo Gran Tourismo two-piece cross-drilled rotors with four-piston calipers. And underpinning the GT4 Stinger’s sculpted “Ignition Yellow” body is a custom chassis with an independent double wishbone suspension.

For the rest of the salacious details, you’ll have to wait for the real thing…


Sweet Dreams of the Acura Stealth Concept

There’s no question we at Butler Acura are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Acura NSX although it could be a while since we’re not even sure which model year it’ll be.  But that’s okay because we have concept designs from the past to dream about, and not just NSX concepts, either.  One in particular stands out.  It’s the 2008 Acura Stealth sports car.  The Stealth is the brainchild of Alex Chou, a transportation design student at California’s Art Center College of Design.  The stylized design obviously mimics the contours of the Stealth fighter je.  What’s less obvious is the reason for the extended window panel on the driver’s side hood.  Get this:  it changes color according to engine rpm!  The Stealth is powered by a V6 with an electric motor backup.   As for whether the Stealth will ever become a reality, our bet is no.  But the fact that this dream won’t come true does nothing to lessen its dreaminess.


Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

Hyundai HCD-143 Genesis concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept

While auto shows are fun we always find them a tad bit disappointing because only a small percentage of what we see on the floor will make it to production. So our response to the debut of the Hyuundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept at the Detroit Auto Show is an odd mix of elation and frustration. I mean, we LIKE the suicide doors, you know? But there’s much about the HCD-14 Genesis that may actually wind up on the lot. says those possibilities include new technology that reads the driver’s eye and hand movements (!!), along with “improved driving dynamics with a more rigid chassis, new driver-selectable settings for various driving conditions and, of course… the 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.” Okay, we’ll hold off on being bummed out.

For more on the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept click here.

Hyundai Goes Even Higher-Tech

Image courtesy: / Hyundai Blue 2 concept car

Image courtesy: / Hyundai Blue 2 concept car

If you’re a tech-geek the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas right now is the place to be. That’s why the folks from Hyundai are there… to show off not only concept vehicles (like the Blue 2, above, which runs on fuel cell technology) but also all the cool new techy features soon to be offered in production cars. They include Eyes Free capabilities (Siri’s along for the ride now!), high definition video, and Google Maps, to name a few. For all the details visit Hyundai’s press release here.