For this reason, I've been puzzling over how it might be possible to produce a sensible modern car featuring a long (though not very long) hood. Then today (as I draft this post) I saw a car like the one pictured below.
It was a Chrysler TC Maserati from around 1990. Background information on this Chrysler can be found here and here.
It seems that Chrysler Corporation bought a stake in the Maserati firm and launched a collaboration on a two-passenger sporty car combining Chrysler and Maserati elements that would be assembled in Italy. These sources are a bit vague regarding the styling and exterior metal, one suggesting all this was sourced in Italy. But much of the outside of the car is clearly the same as that of the 1987 Chrysler LeBaron, as will be seen below. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but my guess is that the sheet metal on the TC was a combination of stock LeBaron and specially crafted TC parts.
The Chrysler TC Maserati does boast a comparatively long hood. That's largely due to its front wheel drive with the engine mounted far to the front, a typical arrangement creating considerable front overhang. However, the TC's hood gets a modest proportional boost over the LeBaron because it's a shorter car (175.8 inches, 4465 mm versus 184.8 inches, 4694 mm). The difference in length is due to the TCs lack of a back seat. In effect, a vertical section was removed and a shorter door used. Body panels fore and aft of the door are those of the LeBaron for the most part.