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South Korea's 404kW supercar dawn

2010-06-18 07:22

South Korea’s first supercar is the Spirra, by Oullim. Hyundai power endows it with 404kW and a top speed of 310km/h.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Oullim
Model Spirra
Engine 2.7l V6 twin-turbo
Power 404kW @ 5 500r/min
Torque 490Nm @ 5 000r/min
Transmission Six-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 3.5 sec
Top Speed 310km/h
Weight 1 470kg
Tyres 275/30R19
Front Suspension Double-wishbone
Rear Suspension Double-wishbone
South Korea’s first supercar (if you ignore Rhys Millen’s crazy Genesis hill climb machine) will be launched during the third quarter this year.

Nearly a decade after it was unveiled in Proto Motors PS-II concept form, the Spirra has (finally) been homologated for road use.

The reason for such a glacial development process was ownership, with Proto Motors being bought out by the Oullim Group - the latter being a South Korean information technology giant.

Fortunately Oullim rerolled Proto Motors as Oullim motors and let them continue development work on the PS-II, which has finally germinated into the Spirra.

In terms of specification the Spirra is a meat-and-potatoes mid-engined, rear wheel drive supercar. Sitting amidships in the tubular frame chassis is a 2.7l Hyundai Tiburon-sourced V6, which can be had in three escalating power configurations.

Although Hyundai power makes an unlikely choice for powering a supercar, the 2.7l engine boasts a radically oversquare internal architecture (86.7mm/75mm bore versus stroke) which guarantees unwittingly quick throttle response.

Three models - from mellow to monstrous

The entry level Spirra runs a relatively mellow naturally aspirated version of the 2.7l V6 worth 128kW and 245Nm and is good for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.8 seconds.

Spirra technicians add a turbocharger to boost output to 330kW and 426Nm, which trims the benchmark 0-100km/h time alarmingly - to less than 4 seconds.

For those customers intent on being unchallenged in terms of performance, the headline Sprirra EX model features a twin-turbo evolution of the 2.7l V6 tallying an incredible 404kW and 490Nm. Spirra claims the six-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive architecture enables a 3.5 second 0-100km/h time for the most powerful model.

Backing up the Spirra’s massive accelerative performance is double-wishbone suspension at all four wheel corners and generously dimensioned Brembo rotors (355mm front, 350mm rear) actuated by four-piston callipers. 

Designers have managed to keep the three car range all at a licensing mass of less than 1.5t, which should guarantee agile responses to dynamics driving inputs from the helm. 

The Spirra’s attractive – though slightly generic - styling is accomplished courtesy of neat carbon-fibre surfacing and simple detailing, although it does feature a smattering of LED illumination in the side-mirrors.

Final pricing is still to be confirmed, though it should hover around the $100 000 mark.

What do you think of this debut Korean supercar? Boundless potential or limited appeal? Debate it here...

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