If you thought it seemed a little odd that Poland – a country without much of a history of producing exportable cars – would suddenly come out with a high-performance supercar, well... we're afraid you may be right. Because the latest reports out of the Eastern European country suggest that the Arrinera project is nothing more than a reclothed replicar.

Arrinera, as you may recall, is a project to build a supercar in Poland. Specifications recently hit the interwebs, indicating a $160,000 list price and a 6.2-liter V8 with 650 horsepower driving the rear wheels through a Graziano gearbox for a 3.2-second sprint to 62 and a 211 mph top end.

Now reports coming out of Poland – citing a certain Jacek Balkan who seems to be the Slavic version of Jeremy Clarkson – are calling the whole project into question. According to the word on the Warsaw boulevard, the people at Arrinera took a Lamborghini replica made by another Polish outfit called Bojar Tuning and gave it a new skin. Interior components were reportedly borrowed from the Opel Corsa and late-90s Audi A6, all in an effort to raise funds on the stock market.

The question we're left with is, if the project started as a replica but now has its own design and identity, should its humbler beginnings matter? If the specs are right and legendary chassis tuner Lee Noble is involved, the Arrinera could still emerge as a winner. Of course, we'd have to drive it in order to tell for sure, but we've got some openings in our calendar coming up...

UPDATE: Arrinera has hit back with a itemized denial of Jacek Balkan's reported allegations. It insists that its product is not, in fact, based on the Lamborghini replica made by Bojar, and that it does not borrow any more components from production vehicles than you'd expect to find in other supercars made by small companies like Pagani, Wiessmann, Noble, Artega or Gumpert. For a translated version of the full legal document, click here.


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      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      My Lotus Evora has Ford, Toyota, Jaguar, and Chevy parts in it. and these are just the parts I know of. Lotus does a good job intergrating the parts. it is not unusual for smaller car companies to use part from the parts bin. But when the car "is" the parts bin, you may have to worry
      Maxwell Raymond Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      you can actually tell that the controls come from an Audi A4 or A6, the instrument stalk, part of the dash, the temperature controls, all clearly from a late 90s Audi....which isn't a bad place to start.
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      its central Europe not Eastern
      Chudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Comparing Jacek Balkan to Jeremy Clarkson is like comparing apples to oranges. Jacek Balkan is known for his lies about the automotive community. He's been sued many times by auto companies and his word should not be trusted. Arrinera Automotive officially denied all of his claims.
        jonathan_travolta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chudy
        Are you kidding me? Jacek Balkan is one of the best and most reliable Polish automotive journalists. Showing the truth - that's what the real journalism lies in. Nowadays It's really incredible that companies don't get it. Now I'm really dying to see the proofs of Arrinera. It's really pathetic that they resort to denigration of journalists insted of standing to an honest discussion.
        monoik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chudy
        So he's like... A journalist? They tend to lie and manipulate the truth to hoard viewers. And that's what seems to be happening right now. Here's the translated statement from Arrinera. They rise quite a few fair arguments: http://translate.google.pl/translate?hl=pl&sl=pl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnewconnect.pl%2Findex.php%3Fpage%3Dget_ebi_file%26id%3D16614
      designgauge
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah but then again, new Lamborghinis use Audi parts, and the current Aston Martin linup use many Ford and Vovlo bits and pieces...
      Marcel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poland in Eastern Europe? Since when?
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you're going to borrow electronics, is Audi really the company you want to be doing it from? Someone clearly has never owned one before.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        never heard of electronical problems here in europe.
      MackArtoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The thing is that the whole thing might be a scam and nothing else. The car passing as the prototype is little more than a makeshift simulation. The specs seems totally speculative and have no reflection in the real thing. From what I heard (in a radio programme by the same Balkan guy you qoute) many market analysts have long been worried about what the project and its presence in the stock market might be in reality.
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MackArtoo
        Its far less than a scam compared to the elongated elise with a V8tt in it.
        chirowolf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MackArtoo
        I would have to agree. this is much more "kit Car" than supercar or botique car maker. Produce a decent looking car(may or may not run) Give awesome specs Get investors skim money go bankrupt
      moredanyou
      • 2 Years Ago
      That be a Lambo replica??
      • 2 Years Ago
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