Korea has entered the super car market with the Spirra, built by Oullim Motors. The Spirra marks the very first super car to be built in Korea and it’s worthy of the supercar name, having gone through countless spec revisions for the past few years. Unlike other super cars being built, the Spirra will come in multiple engine flavors, starting with a paltry 175 horsepower V6. So, even if you don’t have the money to buy the power, you might be able to afford the looks.
The entry level engine for the Spirra is a Hyundai built mid-engine V6. As mentioned previously, this baby super car motor only puts out 175 horsepower and 181 lb ft of torque. Hell, those numbers weren’t even impressive 10 years ago and now we have domestic built V6 engines pumping out over 300 horsepower. So where is the real deal engine for the Spirra?
[ad#Google Adsense]Well, all in all the Spirra comes in 4 different flavors, each iteration builds on the same small engine, yet adds various sized turbos. The Spirra EX is the top of the line ‘Extreme’ model, which adds twin turbos to the mix, pumping out a massive 500 horsepower and 400 lb ft of torque. Still not impressed? Consider the fact that the Spirra weighs in at just 2,646 lbs. The horsepower to weight ratio puts the Spirra Ex competing with the likes of Lamborghini’s and Ferraris.
As for transforming the power into ‘go baby go’, all models are built with a 6 speed manual transmission. Furthermore, all the horses (or lack there of depending on the model) are sent to the rear wheels. As of now there are no plans to release an all wheel drive model.
So, does the greater super car market of the world have room for a Korean built man machine? I suspect it will be met with much reluctance, but as a collectors piece will be gobbled up. Only time will tell if the Korean built Spirra will share in the same dreams as Lamborghini. Although, it is tempting to know that the stripped down, less than 200 horsepower version could possibly be purchased by every day joes.