South Korea has emerged as a global powerhouse in the automotive industry. It's home not only to Hyundai and Kia, but General Motors (having taken over Daewoo), SsangYong and Renault Samsung Motors also make cars there. Unfortunately not a one of them makes a serious sports car. But that's where the Oullim Spirra comes in.

First introduced back in 2008, the Spira is a mid-engined sports car powered by a Hyundai-sourced 2.7-liter V6 with either one or two turbochargers, and as much as 600 horsepower. It's sold in a handful of Asian and European markets, but will reportedly soon make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show... with a bit of a twist.

Instead of the internal-combustion V6, a new outfit dubbed Spirra Europe is preparing to introduce a new version of the sports car with an all-electric powertrain. Spirra Europe is setting up spot in Friesland, the Netherlands, where it will assemble the cars to European specifications, with all the battery tech and all-wheel drive where the existing version powers only the rear wheels. Pricing is tipped to come in around 200,000 euro (equivalent to about $270k at current exchange rates).


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      Kenneth Anderson
      • 6 Months Ago
      Front end screams NSX...
      hingle_mckringleberry
      • 6 Months Ago
      looks outdated
      carguy1701
      • 6 Months Ago
      "First introduced back in 2008, the Spira is a mid-engined sports car powered by a Hyundai-sourced 2.7-liter V6 with either one or two turbochargers, and as much as 600 horsepower." False. The Spirra was introduced in the early 00s with a Ford 4.6L DOHC V8 yanked from the SVT Cobra mounted amidships. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oullim_Spirra
        Brian
        • 4 Months Ago
        @carguy1701

        And how stupid one would be to believe everything Wikipedia says, just looking at the very top of page you'll find out that they have not provided references for verifications lmao.

        Brian
        • 4 Months Ago
        @carguy1701

        and how stupid one would be to believe everything on Wikipedia lol.

      Ryan
      • 6 Months Ago
      I think they used and extra zero...I hope they used an extra zero...$20k is where electric cars 'should' be. And the exterior doesn't look bad, but I don't get why this shape of a car gets this price tag over an jellybean shape that is 10% of the cost.
      Min S. Kang
      • 6 Months Ago
      Based on the pictures, the design surface looks too generic for its time. This sheet metal has practically been the same for at least 5-6 years. I hope they are planning a big splash at the Geneva Motor Show with a new design, a high performance EV system, and a refined manufacturing process for its new facility in the Netherlands. It's about time we see some exotic sports cars from Korea, enough with Hyundai and Kia.
      Brodz
      • 6 Months Ago
      It looks old in design but still feels fresh. A well designed, and handsome vehicle. A Korean F40 if ever there were one.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Looks like a cross between a Hyundai Tiburon and a Konigsegg
        Brian
        • 4 Months Ago

        Where in the heck you see a Tiburon in this car???

      Sahngseok Lee
      • 6 Months Ago
      One thing you guys are missing is that, this car's hand-built like Morgan or TVR. It's not mass produced, so you can't compare this vehicle with mainstream cars. This car has quite a long history. It started from Proto Motors, a car design outsourcing company. It was a Korean coachbuilder, and the founder had a dream to make a Korean supercar since 1990's. Of course it was extremely difficult. Korean consumers didn't understand the concept of 'backyard-builder', and the company had financial difficulty. The car's development and launching was delayed all the time, and finally the company was taken over by Oulim Networks, so it became Oulim Motors. Then the car could be launched but its design was already outdated. And soon the parent company went bankrupt, and Oulim Motors is having an extremely hard time now. That EV's their last hope. It's pitiful, but it shows a Korean man's pure passion to build a supercar. He was the only one to take the risk.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hand built? Any car except for a Morgan would be too dangerous to be hand built.