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Hyundai Pony Coupé, the lost prototype returns after 50 years rebuilt by Giugiaro

The remake of the 1974 concept was presented at Lake Como: ‘It re-establishes a strong link with our past’, explains the president of the Korean group

Hyundai’s return to the future is called the Pony Coupé, a 1970s prototype designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro that was lost and has now been rebuilt from scratch with the same features as the original. The concept car was unveiled in 1974 at the Turin Motor Show and Hyundai asked GFG Style – Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro’s automotive design company – to faithfully reconstruct it. “The aim of this project was to re-establish a strong link with the past and with a car, the Pony, that for Hyundai has been a symbol of style, marking the beginning of our history,” said Chung Eui-sun President of Hyundai and grandson of the company’s founder during the model’s unveiling at Lake Como.

Designed and hand-built

No technological means were used to make it: ‘We recreated this model from scratch,’ explains Giorgetto Giugiaro. “Everything was done as in the past: the classic form plan was used, the drawing and construction was done by hand, giving shape to the aluminium sheets.” At 4.08 metres long, the rebuilt Pony Coupé is identical to the original from fifty years ago: in 1974 it would have been considered a mid-size model, but today’s cars are so big (thanks to the addition of interior space and safety features) that it is now the size of a hatchback. According to Hyundai, this project marks the debut of the Hyundai Reunion, a new platform that connects people and models to showcase the heritage of the South Korean brand.

Geometric and fluid lines

The concept has a 1.2-litre, 82-horsepower four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive and has retained the typical wedge shape that characterised cars of the 1970s, with flowing geometric lines, a sleek roofline and unadorned surfaces. “These are all styling elements that can be found on our current cars such as the Ioniq 5 and the N Vision 74 hydrogen-powered super sports prototype,” explains SangYup Lee, Hyundai’s head of design.

Pony, the car that motorised Korea

Hyundai’s founding chairman, Chung Ju-young, was instrumental in rebuilding South Korea’s economy and industry after the Korean War. The Pony Coupé was never produced, but in 1975, with the help of Giugiaro, the Korean manufacturer launched the Pony hatchback. Some 685,800 units were built until 1986. The idea of making a mass-produced Pony Coupé was abandoned in 1979 despite the fact that production was planned for Europe and North America and $80 million had already been spent on tooling – an enormous sum for the time.

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Bertone has once again outdone itself with the new eco-friendly hypercar, the GB110. What’s special about it? The fuel is obtained by transforming plastic waste.

Every year, Top Marques Monaco manages to attract luxurious brands and models. The renowned event also showcased a new Italian hypercar, the Bertone GB110. Besides its stunning beauty, the hypercar has another remarkable feature that makes it highly intriguing: its ecological spirit. Yes, nowadays, hybrid and electric vehicles are a reality in the industry, but the approach to environmental respect takes a different form here.

From “bi” to Three-Dimensional

For almost two years, the project was the talk of the town following some detailed renderings. But transitioning from “bi” to three-dimensional is a vast leap. This is why enthusiasts were keen to see if the initially proclaimed qualities would hold up in reality. The company’s reputation, earned over years of distinguished service, suggested they would. After sadly going bankrupt in 2014, before rising from its ashes, the designers aimed to astonish visitors. Judging by the initial reactions, they succeeded.

On the occasion of the company’s 110th anniversary, the “stylists on four wheels” unveiled the GB110, and it must be said: it knows how to make an impression. The bodywork of the beast deviates from typical market clichés, and given the many expensive hypercars on sale, this already speaks volumes about its distinctive personality. The front exudes natural charisma with its narrow headlights and the thin extended section between the slightly raised lights above the hood, while the rear displays imposing strength.

Is the Engine from the Lamborghini Huracan? Clues Point to Yes

Previously, company spokespersons admitted to drawing inspiration from a pre-existing car, without specifying which one. We may have to live with this mystery, although the prevailing theory suggests it derives from the Lamborghini Huracan. This is implied by the “beating heart,” a ten-cylinder 5.2-liter engine augmented by a pair of turbochargers, capable of unleashing 1,100 HP and 1,100 Nm of peak torque.

The design team claims it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.79 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.79 seconds, and reach 300 km/h from a standstill in just 14 seconds. The top speed exceeds 380 km/h. The exuberance is delivered through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels.

Impressive numbers, but almost overshadowed by the unique fuel system. Instead of relying on traditional gasoline and diesel, the engineers opted for something truly original: plastic waste. In collaboration with Select Fuel, the company developed a patented technology to convert polycarbonate materials into fossil fuel. Speaking about what motivated Bertone to take on this challenge, CEO Jean-Frank stated, “We believe that tackling pollution requires diverse solutions employing various technologies. Plastic waste must be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel, we transform waste into its original form.”