• Apr 13th 2007 at 12:55PM
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click above image for high-res pics of the Spada Codatronca

Believe it or not, we passed over spy shots of this car being development tested because we didn't believe it was a legitimate model that would one day see production. We were wrong on that one, as today news has come from Italy that the car we once thought was a joke is actually the SpadaConcept Codatronca.

This new supercar was designed and produced by the Italian design house SpadaConcept in conjunction with the tuning firm UK Garage. You may recall that SpadaConcept is resonsible for designing such classics as the Aston Martin DB4, Fulvia Sport Zagato, and more. Ercole Spada and his son, Paolo Spada, who is the company's new design director, drew influences from their original 1965 Alpha Romeo TZ that also featuered a fin-like rear called the "Kamm tail coda tronca" design. The new Codatronca is based on the Chevy Corvette, which might also explain the heavy Mako Shark infuence in the front end design. One thing we can't quite figure out is the digital readout on the vehicle's rear, which seems to display the car's current mph and perhaps even more info on its rump. While it might be a fun feature to rub your speed in the faces of those that get passed, we imagine police officers would also appreciate your velocity being public knowledge.

UK Garage was tasked with updating the Corvette mechanicals and has tweaked the suspension and engine. Three powerplants will be available for the Codatronca customer, including 512-hp version in the TS "Sport Tourism" model, a 513-hp version in the TSV "Fast Sport Tourism" model (that one horsepower apparently makes a big difference), and the big beast, a 700-hp version in the TSS "Super Sport Tourism" model. Performance numbers include a 3-second 0-60 run and a top speed around 208 mph. Clearly, the Spada Codatronca is no joke.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This is supposedly the next Batmobile.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      The side profile reminds me of a Lotus Europa! This car looks insane, and I like insane. But with this car I'll wait to say if I like the certain car until I see one in person, if ever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful vehicle, I was a huge fan of the mako shark era vettes. The speedometer on the back is unnecessary and tacky, but the rest of it looks great. Can't imagine much rear visibility out of it though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      from the rear it looks like Darth Vader reincarnated.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's one ugly profile. And the digital speedometer in the rear is just plain wacky. But you're right Matt, let your freak flag fly - high and proud if you're going to let it fly at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. I think if the chassis is balanced out for neutral handling, this distinctive car could be a cult legend. It would be great to see one of these traveling down the freeway, looking all sinister, wouldn't it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Commenters: Instead of dour comments about this car's styling and intent,

      Let your freak flag fly.
      That is all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      THIS is what the corvette SHOULD look like.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I ONCE HAD....

      ______________Spada Codatronca_________________

      BOY, that one took a LOT of antibiotics to get rid of!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Holy batman.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Definitely odd-looking, but it's also menacing in a way that I can't call ugly (unlike the Mitsuoka Orochi). Looks like there should be jet engine wedged inside that oddly-shaped back.

      If they don't use this for the next Batman movie I'll be disappointed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now who the hell wants their speed displayed on the rear of their vehicle.All in all I dont like the styling but talk about a touch of stupidity to a dash of ugly.

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