Dutch company previews retro-styled coupe ahead of debut

The HB Coupe mixes a retro-styled body with a modern drivetrain.

A small Dutch company called Huet Brothers has revealed a series of computer-generated images that preview a production-bound retro-styled rear-wheel drive coupe. Dubbed simply Coupé, the two-seater is expected to make its public debut next year.

The images show a sleek-looking car that borrows styling cues from Italian and British race cars from the 1950s. Fitted with a carbon fiber body, the car measures 159 inches long, 46 inches high and 72 inches wide.

Under the skin the Coupé is packed with most of the standard safety features that one would expect to find in a modern car, including ABS, ESP and airbags for both passengers. A limited slip differential helps keep things in check.

Huet Brothers will offer three different versions of the Coupé. Called Coupé Classic and Coupé Road Racer respectively, the first two models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower. That may not sound like much, but when bolted to the standard six-speed manual transmission the four-banger propels the 1,763-pound coupe in less than five seconds.

Both versions of the Coupé will be offered with a body-colored dashboard, an infotainment system controlled with a touch-screen mounted on the center console, leather upholstery and heated seats. A three-spoke steering wheel and round analog gauges complete the retro ambiance.

The two-seater layout frees up a vast amount of trunk space which is accessible via a large hatch, an innovative feature that is rarely found on sports cars.

The car can be personalized and buyers with extra cash are able to select wood, aluminum or carbon fiber trim on the dash, metallic paint and racing stripes, among other options.

Customers who want a more extreme version of the car can opt for the range-topping RACE model. Not licensed for street use, the track-bound model features a Cosworth-tuned four-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower, sending it from zero to 62 mph in less than four seconds. It comes equipped with a full roll cage, a fuel cell and a stripped interior.

Huet Brothers will build just 40 examples of the Coupé starting in 2014. Before taxes are factored in, prices will range from €67,800 (roughly ($86,700) for an entry-level Coupé Classic to €78,500 (about $100,400) for the range-topping track-ready model.