• Apr 29, 2005

Korean Proto Motors' Spirra was shown at the Seoul Motor Show yesterday and promises to offer high-performance in a mid-engined package. The car that will appear on Korean roads this fall is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 and makes 320 horsepower. We couldn't find any pictures of the motor, but that sounds awfully like a Ford engine we all know. Proto wants to expand the line by adding smaller engines to appeal to a wider group of buyers. The Korean answer to the old MR2s.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      That is one nice looking GT car. Being a 4.6 doesn't necessarily make it a Ford power plant. There have been similiar displacement engines made by different manufactures in the past. Remember the 5.0 liter V8's of the 70's by Ford(302 cid-Boss), G.M.(305-Z28 cid), Chrysler(318 cid-Cuda/Challenger) and AMC(304 cid-Javelin/AMX)?
      • 9 Years Ago
      oh, best i could get around the Nordeschliefe was a 8:25:900 after 3 runs, traction control just barely turned on... like Ferrari's race mode.
      • 9 Years Ago
      i guess not everyone realizes this... but the Ford 4.6L V8 is used in a *ton* of low-volume sports car manufacturers. i made a list once and it was like 10-12 manufacturers/cars long. certainly the most popular engine out there right now in that arena. i imagine the new 5.0L "Cammer" modular crate will be the new darling in no short time. seeing as it has the benefit of not currently being used in a 'common' or 'cheap' regular Ford product. though i imagine the $15k price might be a little more expensive than whatever the 4.6L costs... though all these cars tend to be in the $80k+ range so it might still be doable and make the cars a little more 'exclusive'.
      • 9 Years Ago
      yeh, no... its not a hyundai engine from the equus. and no its not a beefed up 6 speed transmission from the tiburon... it is the ford 4.6L v8 from the previous gen cobra. and its mated to getrag 6 speed. here is the link to the story http://car-reviews.automobile.com/news/proto-motors-develops-koreas-first-supercar/1207/
      • 9 Years Ago
      Spirra is a small firm, even if they sell at a good price they're still no competition for toyota when it comes to volume. http://nextgenauto.blogspot.com/2005/04/korean-supercar.html Plus, the next "supra" will probably be a Lexus. http://nextgenauto.blogspot.com/2005/04/next-toyota-supercar-to-be-lexus.html
      • 9 Years Ago
      awesome...how, why, what are you doing at Nurburgring race track with this exotic car? i thought you were a suburban dad with an autocross fetish who knew the one dealer with a Proto Spirra stateside. and you were taking it around the block and up to 80 on the thruway for 15 minutes. instead, i can feel the adrenaline and testosterone and hear the V8 wailing behind me...and you spun it? what'd you do? throttle down midway coming out of a curve? THANKS!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oops.. gotta correct that. Its the Hyundai 4.5 Litre V-8, they added .1 litre and increase the HP by 40. so its just a beefed up Hyundai Engine With the beefed up 6-speed Transmission from the Hyundai Tiburon GT V6.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That is one nice looking GT car. Being a 4.6 doesn't necessarily make it a Ford power plant. There have been similiar displacement engines made by different manufactures in the past. Remember the 5.0 liter V8's of the 70's by Ford(302 cid-Boss), G.M.(305-Z28 cid), Chrysler(318 cid-Cuda/Challenger) and AMC(304 cid-Javelin/AMX)?
      • 9 Years Ago
      yuck. all they did was bite styling cues from italdesign, and it didnt even come out good.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Spirra V8 320hp @ 6000rpm 315lbft @ 4750rpm Ford 32v V8 320hp @ 6000rpm 317lbft @ 4750rpm
      • 9 Years Ago
      Im going to test drive it myself this weekend in GT4, looks like a Korean Gallardo
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah does sound like a modular Ford engine.. But this would definitely make toyota bring back the supra at a decent price.. Because you just have to wonder if the Koreans are going to bring this to market at a competitive price..
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