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2001 Hyundai HCD6 Concept was designed to be an affordable exotic

This never-was mid-engined sports car could've competed with the Toyota MR2 Spyder and Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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Chris Paukert

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The 2001 Hyundai HCD6 concept was billed as an affordable exotic.

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Although it never reached production, this rear-wheel-drive, mid-engined roadster would have been an interesting rival to the Toyota MR2 Spyder and Mazda MX-5 Miata of its day.

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The HCD6 debuted at the 2001 Chicago Auto Show.

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The HCD6 didn't have styling that could be mistaken for any other vehicle.

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This concept was powered by a 2.7-liter V6 with 215 horsepower -- not bad for the time. 

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That engine, incidentally, was borrowed from the then-current Santa Fe SUV.

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With snug seating for two, the HCD6's cabin featured striking visuals and material choices.

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It could be argued that the HCD6's funky fractal lighting presaged today's highly complex headlights.

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The taillamps were no less involved.

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Just look at this unusual center-stack control array.

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Keep clicking or scrolling for more images of the 2001 Hyundai HCD6 roadster concept.

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