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2011 GTA Spano


Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso, GTA Spano. What do these three names have in common? They are all revolutionary automotive icons in Spain’s recent history. The rally driver Sainz is more commonly referred to as “King” Carlos, and is more popular than the entire Real Madrid soccer team. Formula 1 World Champion Alonso made car racing more popular than MotoGP in the two wheeled enthused country. Now comes the Spano, a Spanish supercar that’s set to take the automotive world by storm and establish a presence in a country best known for making SEATs.

Not one to be pushed aside by its more high-profile contemporaries, the limited production Spanish-built supercar is making a new era in the country’s automobile industry. But is it a vehicle that will make Lamborghini owners consider a switch?

Now that the Spanish supercar has been presented at the Geneva Motor Show, you’re going to have to be the judge of that. Whatever you may think of it, one thing’s for sure: the world better get used to the GTA Spano. It’s coming to the town like a Spanish ’El Nino’, and there appears to be no stopping it.

UPDATE 03/03/2011: This review has been updated with new specs and images of the GTA Spano coming out of its first Geneva event!

UPDATE 04/14/2011: Check out the new images of the GTA Spano at the 2011 Top Marques Monaco in the gallery!

Details on the GTA Spano after the jump.

Exterior

GTA Spano

Styled in a manner befitting of its supercar status, the GTA Spano has some exotic qualities, including the convex bonnet and the Lamborghini-like lateral air intakes that dominate the stylish and athletic look. On the other end, the Spano uses glass with small openings to cool the engine. There’s also a rear wing that fits seamlessly with the car’s overall design with two air intakes and a twin exhaust system that likewise exude an aura of aggression only reserved for the high and mighty.

The Spano’s wing mirrors come with a carbon fiber framework that have been finished and built using aeronautical mechanized aluminum. The Spano also has a large glazed surface with a unique interior lighting system with liquid crystal shading.

Another feature unique to the Spano are the set of wheels it comes in. Measuring 19" at the front and 20" at the rear, the wheels are unique in that they come in an angular shape that was designed specifically for this model, together with the chassis that’s made from titanium, carbon fiber, and Kevlar, providing a strong and impermeable body without sacrificing additional weight on the supercar.

Interior

GTA Spano

Inside the Spano, GTA made sure to give the car one of the most luxurious touches on any car of its kind. The Spanish automaker used plenty of leather, carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium while also creating enough space for passengers to seat inside comfortably.
The supercar’s instrument panel is comes with an LCD screen that can be customized depending on the whims and needs of the customer. The steering wheel is made from carbon fiber with a joystick that works as an operations console for the car’s lights, wipers, and indicators.

Another unique characteristic of the Spano is the absence of a central rear-view mirror. In its place, GTA designed a rear camera that projects to an LCD screen found on the car’s dashboard. This rear camera automatically turns on when the car is set on reverse. The Spano’s interior also has two glove compartments. The first is located on the passenger side with the other - and smaller - compartment can be found on the center compartment.

Performance

GTA Spano

The Spano is powered by an 8.3-liter V10 engine placed in a longitudinal rear position that produces 780 horsepower and 920 Nm of torque. If 780 ponies aren’t good enough for you, GTA is offering a Bioethanol version that bumps up the power all the way up to 820 horsepower. The supercar can hit 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. GTA GTA is also offering three transmission options for the Spano, including an seven-speed automatic sequential engine, a paddle shift version of the same format, and a seven-speed manual transmission.

Pricing

GTA Spano

A number of figures have been linked to the GTA Spano - from $670,000 to $725,000 - so it’s difficult to surmise which one is it. The latest figure being thrown around is $670,000 so we’re going to stick with that - for now.

Either way, the Spano will only have 99 units built and will cost a fortune so you might as well save up to buy a house.

Competition

GTA Spano

The rarefied air of supercars features only a few competitors so it’s easy to point out which one can take the GTA Spano up to task and make it sweat a little. On that note, we have just the supercar for that: the Pagani Huayra .

Powered by an AMG-sourced naturally-aspirated twin-turbocharged engine that was exclusively developed for Pagani, the Huayra produces a staggering 700 horsepower and around 730 lb/ft of torque.

Both cars are powerful beyond our imaginations so if it’s speed and power you’re looking for, the Spano and the Huayra have plenty to offer.

Given the option, we’re going to give the slight nod to the GTA Spano, if only because it looks more like a supercar than the Huayra, which, in all fairness, looks more like a track-day machine more than anything else.

GTA Spano
LOVE IT
  • 820 horsepower!
  • Luxurious interior
  • Exotic exterior look
LEAVE IT
  • Limited edition model
  • Priced way beyond our budget


47 comments:

I can’t help but feel as if these independent supercar companies are really just ponzi schemes, as if they need your money to build the next car that has already been sold.

this is look from Glass roof with its exclusive lighting and opaqueness system, Chassis made out of carbon fiber, titanium and Kevlar and Built from materials based on aeronautical technology.

wow what a good looking car. I like it but this baby was smoked by a bugatti veyron in saudi arabia. pretty bad was it? but that was not a fair match.. we all know that a bugatti can reach a whopping 220-230MPH and the Spano can only reach up to 210MPH.

dang it smells like lexus will be included to the hard hatch also, it this is a good step for Spano on making a nimble sports car.

I agree the roof line is to tall , a bit like a ’Top Hat ’ and the short boot/trunk doesn’t help but the rest looks great , I think BMW should have used the 3 door hatch body instead.

yea i agree this car had me at 1 sight. all i got to say is wow as i looked at it numbers and other juicy data states on it. all though the inside need some work just some slight mods nothing to majoir just a littel bit it seem to how i should say..... plain. but over all nice car

Wow! Bravo! What a stunner!

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