• Oct 22, 2009
Spirra on CNN – Click above to watch video after the jump

A little while back we saw some glammy B-roll of Oullim Motor's Spirra – Korea's first supercar – running around Seoul with some of Italy's big dogs. While the Spirra might have lacked the visual punch of the F430 and Gallardo, it sure seemed able to keep up with both of 'em. However, one YouTube video does not a supercar make and we haven't paid the Spirra much mind since then.

But perhaps we should. CNN just did a ride along with the man behind the Spirra, Han-Chul Kim. First of all, just to refresh, the Spirra (also known as the Tiger) is powered by a modified Hyundai V8 to the tune of 500 hp and can hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds – totally on par with other supercars. But again, what makes the Spirra compelling (or at least noteworthy) is that it is Korea's first supercar. CNN interprets this as proof that the Korean automarket has come of age, causing one analyst to comment that the Spirra is a way of saying, "Hey – we can make a supercar, too."

As for Kim, he spent ten years researching Italian exotics before he set to work on the handmade, 100% Korean Spirra. He calls the car his "dream" and his "baby." Judging from the video, you also get a sense that a lot is riding on both Han-Chul's and the Spirra's shoulders, namely the pride of a nation's auto industry. Looks like his hard work might be paying off, as a Dutch car dealer reportedly just ordered 145 Spirras. No word on whether or not the Spirra will be making its way over to the States, but here's hoping! Make the jump to watch the video. Hat tip to John!

[Source: CNN]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      porsche is pronounced "porsh-uh" not "porshhh" you ignorant ****
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've said it before on this blog. Hyundai/South Korea is doing a bang up job with cars and will turn the car industry on it's head, even the Japanese products. This is the wrong analogy but to convey the message, The Vizio of cars, good quality and the price point is spot on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're wrong saying Hyundai is like the vizio of cars!?

        Hyundai makes all of its own parts, including the state-of-art engines and transmissions, and is the fifth largest automotive group in the world...

        Vizio, a small trading company with fifty-something employeees, can't make a single part on its own... most of them are rebadged cheap/filthy imports from the unknown TV makers in Taiwan/China (the lucky part, however, is that they use Korean/LG LCD panels for their TV sets... Korean LG supplies 1st rated LCD panels to such American companies as Dell and Apple, and it also supplies/dumps third-rated/defected/rejected LCD panels to the Chinese/Taiwanese TV set makers like Vizio, Haier, Acer, Westinghouse, or other small lesser known brands.

        rgds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it.
      It looks good and the price is very good.

      Americans can learn something from this guy and the Koreans and build everything in America instead of shipping the jobs and factories to China and Mexico and so on...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Koreans will only make all thier own stuff until thier cost of labor and materials gets too high. Then they'll farm everything out to cheaper countries so they can continue at the same or higher profit margins. Wake up and smell the capitalism.

        I do agree though, great looking car at a great price.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ salty gator
        Actually, the labor cost in South Korea is already high, not as high as in America, but still high, and thats why jobs are being shipped overseas from Korea too. However, the point of building spirra out of all Korean components, isn't to prove that Korea has cheap labor, but to prove that super car is possible with all Korean components. The guy is obviously trying to make a point, not just profits. The question is, can Spirra be the hyundai of super-cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Supercar Exposed or Top Gear take a drive with this car and put it up against the known lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is one of my favourites in this time. It is so dynamically pleasing. In Forza 2 there is one that IMO, beats the Scud.
      loocsettam
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather this then the OVER priced Lexus
        • 5 Years Ago
        @loocsettam
        Having been in both (gumball ftw) the SSC feels nothing like the veyron, or does it feel as insanely quick. Sure, the top end number may be there, after a while, but that's about it. I get where you're coming from though, I'm sure this'll be less 'refined' than the LF-A, but, as you're saying, a naught to sixty of 3.7 seconds is easy to come by, everyone's been doing it for years and years, so it's not that revolutionary to see a startup managing it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @loocsettam
        Really? Looks like a Koenigsegg rip-off to me. Granted, all these no-name supercars look identical. The SSC Ultimate Aero has proved almost independent start-up can shoe-horn any engine into kit car style body and achieve big numbers on paper (the SSC is suppose to have a top-speed faster then the Veyron).

        Now, an R8 revival from Hyundai that actually looks good, and has the quality of a real-production car would certainly be interesting. Hyundai are listening?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love that thing in the video games. Which is basically a summary of 90% of super car posts on the internet today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That engine + Hyundai Accent = hottest hatch EVAR!!!

      How could this idea possibly go wrong?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently I didn't lay the sarcasm on thick enough. The torque steer of 500 hp going only to the front wheels would tear your arms off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even if that was physically possible, no one would pay that much for a nasty looking Accent, numb nuts. Would you pay upwards of $40-50k on an Aveo with an LSx? I didn't think so.

        Poster like you need to stick to Honda-Tech or SRT-4 forums.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It definitely would be interesting. I'm anxious to see where they go from here with the Genesis Coupe. They got a great start on the first generation, so I expect the second generation to build from there. I'm obviously no industry expert, but refining the design, improving the performance, and seriously upgrading the interior (like Ford did with the Mustang) seems like a better investment than developing a totally new car.

        It could also be interesting to see Hyundai buy out this company and sell it as the Hyundai Spirra here in the US. I can imagine they could produce it cheaper and even if they had to operate at a loss when selling them, it would be nice to see Hyundai have a halo car. Would many people buy a $75k-$100k supercar with a Hyundai badge? I doubt it. But the enthusiast in me still thinks it would be cool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sarcasm aside this car is RWD so that swap wouldn't work out, But drop this Engine in the Genesis Coupe and you'd have a GT-500 fighter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know how much of the car is actually Hyundai's though. If I remember correctly when Proto owned the rights to the Spirra it had a 4.6 DOHC Ford engine but I don't remember if any of those were actually produced. So it seems more like this is similar to early Koenigsegg where Koenigsegg builds the car but a third party supplies the engine.

        They could sell them through Hyundai dealerships here but than the dealerships would have to tool up to service them and that might be too costly to Hyundai. Besides I think the Equus serves as a better Flagship since Hyundai is mostly targeting the Luxury market now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car included in Gran Turismo 4.

      And, Rhys Millen racing team made Mid-Engine V8 Genesis Coupe.
      http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS163246+22-Oct-2009+PRN20091022

      "The mid-engine configuration
      and enhancements create a 500-horsepower street car worthy of taking on any
      track or road course."
      • 5 Years Ago
      100000$? That's Nissan GT-R money and I know what I would pick between this and a GT-R.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought they came with the 2.7L V6 from Hyundai, not a V8.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I finally found the website. According to the company you can get 175 hp n/a V6, 380 hp s/c V6, or 450 hp turbo V6 so I don't know where the V8 is coming from

        http://www.spirra.co.kr/index.php/eng/cars/technical/
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ mbhafn

        > I don't know where the V8 is coming from

        There used to be a prototype with Ford's Mustang GT V8.
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