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HB Coupe blends classic looks with modern comforts

The HB Coupé comes in several colors and combnations
The HB Coupé comes in several colors and combnations
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Only 40 models will be built
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Only 40 models will be built
Huet Brothers hopes to begin production in 2014
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Huet Brothers hopes to begin production in 2014
The reservation books are open
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The reservation books are open
The HB Coupé is a sporty, retro-styled coupe from The Netherlands
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The HB Coupé is a sporty, retro-styled coupe from The Netherlands
The HB Coupé comes equipped with a leather interior
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The HB Coupé comes equipped with a leather interior
Two seats and trunk space
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Two seats and trunk space
The HB Coupé can speed to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under four seconds
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The HB Coupé can speed to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under four seconds
Amenities include a touchscreen entertainment system and heated seats
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Amenities include a touchscreen entertainment system and heated seats
While it looks old, the coupe is up to date with safety and comfort features
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While it looks old, the coupe is up to date with safety and comfort features
The HB Coupé Road Racer sits on 19-inch wheels
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The HB Coupé Road Racer sits on 19-inch wheels
Like the HB Coupé Classic, the Road Racer comes in 170-hp and 255-hp tunes
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Like the HB Coupé Classic, the Road Racer comes in 170-hp and 255-hp tunes
The HB Coupé is rear-wheel drive
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The HB Coupé is rear-wheel drive
The HB Coupé comes with a six-speed manual gearbox
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The HB Coupé comes with a six-speed manual gearbox
Huet Brothers first showed the Coupé in January
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Huet Brothers first showed the Coupé in January
The HB Coupé is very light thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque
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The HB Coupé is very light thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque
The handcrafted leather interior comes standard in black or creme
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The handcrafted leather interior comes standard in black or creme
The handcrafted leather interior comes standard in black or creme
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The handcrafted leather interior comes standard in black or creme
A maroon Coupé
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A maroon Coupé
The HB Coupé comes in several colors and combnations
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The HB Coupé comes in several colors and combnations
Huet Brothers is still finalizing the specs on the Coupé RACE
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Huet Brothers is still finalizing the specs on the Coupé RACE
The RACE will be a track-only version
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The RACE will be a track-only version
The interior is simple but includes some modern equipment
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The interior is simple but includes some modern equipment
Racing stripes are an option
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Racing stripes are an option
Racing stripes are an option
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Racing stripes are an option

A weight of under 1,800 pounds (815 kg), a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) under five seconds, and a production of only 40 examples – those sound like numbers that should appeal to many a car collector, especially when he focuses his eyes on the smooth, retro-inspired body of the Huet Brothers Coupé. The limited edition car is officially available for reservation, and the Dutch manufacturer is hustling to fill the remaining pre-orders it needs to begin production.

Huet Brothers introduced the HB Coupé concept car this past January, and has refined the design into a production-ready model. Each rear-wheel-drive Coupé is built atop a carbon monocoque that weighs less than 220 pounds (100 kg), lending way to a total weight of around 1,764 pounds (800 kg) – even when factoring in modern conveniences like the heated seats, airbags and touchscreen-based audio system.

With a weight that looks more like that of half a car, Huet Brothers was able to shrink the size of its original six-cylinder engine down to a 170-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, to increase fuel economy while still maintaining a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration of less than five seconds. A tuned 255-hp 2.0-liter option gets there in less than four seconds.

The HB Coupé is very light thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque
The HB Coupé is very light thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque

Built with a spirit of nostalgia for the chivalry and ideals of the 1950s, the HB Coupé looks like it drove into the showroom half a century ago. The car was designed as a hard-topped daily driver answer to Huet Brother's Special roadster. While the look is a little forced here in 2012, it's hard to argue with simple, elegant curves in a world that leans toward busy, over-designed cars. It's nowhere near as pure and unforgettable as the original Jaguar E-Type, but it feels just a little closer to that level of auto ecstasy than Jaguar's own F-Type.

Huet Brothers plans to begin production of 40 handbuilt Coupé models in 2014. The Coupé Classic and Coupé Road Racer models can each be equipped with either the 170-hp or 255-hp engine for €67,800 (app. US$88,000) and €78,500 (app. $102,000), respectively. Each model is offered with a six-speed manual transmission, independent double-wishbone front suspension, independent multi-link rear suspension, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and leather interior.

Huet Brothers is still finalizing the specs on the Coupé RACE
Huet Brothers is still finalizing the specs on the Coupé RACE

The Coupé Road Racer is essentially a tweaked version of the Coupé Classic with larger wheels, a modified exhaust system and several different parts, including the front spoiler. Huet Brothers is also working on a third Coupé, the track-specific Coupé RACE. That model will not be street legal and will include a full roll cage. Huet Brothers is still working out powertrain details, and told us it's considering a 300-hp engine with F1 gearbox.

Huet Brothers opened up pre-ordering last month. It is trying hard to fill all remaining reservations to ensure it is able to move ahead with production. The company encourages those interested in the Coupé RACE to contact it directly.

Source: Huet Brothers

3 comments
Bill Bennett
certainly is cabin back, don't want one, though I do like the lines that don't look like they drove the sides of the car against a bent post like so many new cars now
bergamot69
It's very pretty- lovely unadorned bodywork that lets it's simple yet beautiful lines speak for themselves. And those alloys are also very beautiful. What I can't seem to find on their website is details of what the 2.0 litre engine is from- I'd assume it is a Ford engine judging by the fact that the upgrade is a 'Cosworth'- although Cosworth made high performance pistons for other companies too. 170bhp out to go very very well indeed given the very light weight of the thing. And light weight bodes well for the handling too. Their website is full of Dutch pragmatism and plain speaking compared to others- including a heading in their 'news' part stating that they are 'not suicidal'- always good to know. I wish them well. Small companies like theirs often produce some great cars- look at the gems TVR used to turn out- bear in mind that they could engineer a car for less money than Audi spend developing door handles.
Martin Hone
Carbon fibre and wimpy 6 cylinder engine with 170 hp and still weighs 800 kg. Where's the benefit of technology ? My 1928 model, steel bodied hot rod with 300 hp iron V8 weighs 800 kg and would eat this thing for breakfast !