• Apr 25, 2011
Isis AM01 – Click above for high-res image gallery

What you're looking at isn't the latest homologation special to come from an automaker's sports prototype racing program. (It's not an imaginary spy agency from a cartoon show for that matter, either.) It's a Dutch supercar of sorts, and you can buy one now.

It's called the Isis AM01, and it may not be pretty, but it is, well... intriguing. Forget the "controversial" design, and underneath you'll find the 275-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder from the Subaru Impreza WRX STI driving the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. It's reportedly based on the Saker GT, another small-run supercar from New Zealand.

With only 1,875 pounds to schlepp around, the 275 horses are reportedly enough for a 4.2-second sprint to 62 and a 160 mile per hour top speed. €120,000 ($175k) is the asking price, but a more powerful AM02 version with 400 horsepower from an unspecified 3.0-liter engine is also said to be in the works for a €20k ($30k) premium.

Seeing such a rare bird up close would be a unique burden opportunity, so check it out now in the gallery below and the video after the jump.



[Source: Isis via CarScoop]


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      MaX PL
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one ugly car.
      LJD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is a joke! Factory Five Racing (or FFR, known for it's Cobra replicas et. al.) is currently designing a mid-engine kit-car to use Subaru's turbocharged-flat-four. Their target price is $15,000. Their target weight is 1800 lbs or 818 kgs, hence the project's current designation, the FFR 818. A contest is currently underway where the public submits sketches/CAD drawings to help develop the vehicles. It's worth your time to have a look at the sketches: http://www.factoryfive.com/whatsnew.html
      Hoale
      • 3 Years Ago
      lame video and a lame car for the price
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hoale
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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll rather just have the STi.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      $175K for a 4-cyl powered kit car?? I'll pass, thanks. Just give me the car it's engine came from. *so long as it's pre-'08*
      dystroglycan
      • 3 Years Ago
      what is point of all these garage-built supercars? whos buying this garbage?
        Walt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dystroglycan
        'Supercar' has become like the word 'hero', so overused to describe even the everyday and mundane that it is pointless.
      Sweetz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see, what shall I do with my $175K. Buy an Aston Martin Vantage and have enough left over to buy a real WRX STI for daily use, or buy a horrendous, cheap looking, fiberglass kit car? Tough one.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice its top end isn't any better than an STI, and 60 MPH sprint isn't all that much better for being 1500 lbs lighter? What a waste.
      Irene Rojas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dutch huh? Was it designed after a wild night in Amsterdam?
      erhcanadian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look at the panel gap, exposed hinge, and way the windows are mounted at 0:15 in the video... It looks like a cheap fiberglass kit-car!
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to forget the controversial exterior, but after that is a problem: the price tag. I'm not willing to drop that on a supercar with less than 500hp (425 if it's got looks). 70k is acceptable for something of this performance level. At 175k, I don't see this whipping Porsches or Audi R8s.
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, Jesus weeps that is horrible! It looks like it was designed to be "ugly, but fast" like a Mosler, but it's not fast. The area behind the passenger compartment is weird. Now's the point in my post where I try to say something nice... but, I can't. If I was forced to spend $175,000, I'd rather end up with a stock STI.
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