• Aug 24, 2009
Oullim Motors Spirra - click above image to watch the video

The big dogs in this case being a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and a pair of Ferrari F430s. And in case you're wondering, a Spirra is a Korean supercar built by Oullim Motors and sold through Proto Motors since 2007. Looking like a not half bad mashup of a late model Toyota MR2 and an Acura NSX, what counts of course is what's under the hood. The original Spirra (by Proto) had a mid-mounted 320 hp 4.6-liter Ford Modular V8 -- essentially a Mustang Cobra motor. However, once Oullim took over, the American muscle was dropped in favor of a force inducted Hyundai V6. Specifically the 2.7-liter Delta unit out of the Tiburon.

When hooked to a supercharger, the Spirra S makes 400 hp. Not bad at all. However, when a turbocharger gets involved the Spirra Turbo generates a whopping and impressive 500 hp. Looks like there is a replacement for displacement, no? A supercar needs this sort of thrust, especially when it's going to tangle with the aforementioned big dogs of the Italian persuasion. And here's the kicker -- the Spirra only weighs about 2,200 pounds. That's one fat guy more than a Lotus Elise. Meaning its power-to-weight ratio is on the deviant side of totally insane.

Top speed is well over 200 mph, especially with something called "Mission Tuning Offset" installed. We're not really sure what that is. Nor are we sure when watching the video if we're looking at the super'd or turbocharged car, though we'll err on the side of turbo. And with a price tag (about $130,000) that's about half that of the big dogs it's running with, we think we'd like to get our hands on a Spirra. Like, yesterday. Video of the hoonage, after the jump. Thanks to Austin for the tip!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think this thing could compete with the big dogs; Spirra was supposed to have been released ages ago but it never did due to financial troubles.

      I doubt they could match the vehicle dynamics of Italian horses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "It's ran with the Italian and German about 4-5 times in a row on the video. "

        That video is garbage, how does it in anyway prove the capabilities of the car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't count the Koreans out just yet - that's what everyone thought when the Hyundai Excel carcasses littered the landscape. Now they're competing with Lexus. Now if the Chinese made an original supercar...I'd have to be convinced after Clarkson shakes it down and they actually sell more than a few.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ ACURACL23

        > hypermiler + futurama = HATERS..

        I am not a hater. I am just making an objective observation here.

        If you are looking for a true Korean supercar, then wait until Hyundai's ZK, the supercharged V8 engined coupe intended to compete with GT-R in 2012, a true supercar from a real automaker.

        Spirra isn't it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        credit is due for pure speed, but go drive the other options and you'll see. I used to think it was just moving the bar to be a pain but they have a point, once you can meet the speed envelope then there are other factors, factors you get when paying for the other car, that the spirra won't meet. Just because there's a wagon you can buy as fast as those cars doesn't mean it's going to be a preferable option.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the same way. In terms of pure speed, yes, why not? 500hp on 2200 pounds would be amazingly fast! however... overall quality and dynamics won't match those 'big dogs'
        • 5 Years Ago
        hypermiler + futurama = HATERS...It's ran with the Italian and German about 4-5 times in a row on the video.

        Once one bar is met, you guy are looking up at the next bar and saying..."Well, they hit this bar, but they didn't hit THAT one"...C'mon, give credit where credit is due.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those are Ferrari 360's....I thought you guys were car guys...
      • 5 Years Ago
      -necropost I know- God I want this car. Calling it a cross of anything is an insult to its beauty, nothings that come out of Japan has looked half as good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Again, they are rolling. They do deserve credit for building a car, but building a straight line car isn't terribly difficult; just less weight and more power. This video is nothing special. Where the real super cars (Italian's and German's) do their damage is on the track, where they would most likely blow this Korean thing out of the water.

      Cheers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.autofans.us/images/Spirra/2008%20Spirra%20S%206.jpg

      The interior looks a lot better finished than most of the low-volume, poor quality supercars that come out of the UK. If they've been raiding the parts bin of other manufacturers, they've certainly managed to hide it well - I'm especially keen on the airvents, toggle switches and TFT screen, and the carbon fibre!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with the rolling starts drag races at the end? Makes me wonder what the torque curve looks like (i.e. no power to dig).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm guessing the Spirra has one large turbo that creates a alot of additional power, but takes a while to spool up. I think that's the reason for the rolling starts. If it was from a dead stop the Ferrari and Lambo would pull off quick, and the Spirra wouldn't be able to keep up...again, off the line. If you watch each drag race, the Italian and German pull off initially, and once that large turbo spools up, the Spirra quickly catches up and overtakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      JJBatoe:

      I have a Z06 and a GT-R. I love both vehicles, but the 'Vette is typically a little faster around the track. The primary culprit would be the 3800 pounds that the GT-R packs. A properly sorted 2200 pound car would dispatch pretty much anything handily (except maybe a literbike in a straight line).

      Regarding your comments about the effects of a "large" turbo, it's possible that they are using a variable-geometry unit (adjustable vanes). If so, they can use a huge turbo without most of the associated lag.

      On the basis of weight/power, this car is asounding. It's obscene on a similar scale to the SSC Aero. Personally, though, I'd prefer a ZR1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks kind of cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow. does anyone have the full specs for this car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Waiting until Jeremy Clarkson tests this...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who are these guys. Does anyone have any information. I have seen their videos before they have all kind of supercars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The videos you've seen are videos made by a Korean online car community called babodream their website is www.babodream.co.kr. You can check out their youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/babovisual.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the tibby motor is capable of 500hp? Why couldnt it have had at least 200hp then? I never understood that.
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