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.

  • 2011 GTA Spano
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    820 horsepower
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    920 Nm of torque
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    8.3 liters L
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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.


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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.


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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 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.


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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.


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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.

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  (531) posted on 01.25.2012

It has an extraordinary exterior combined with comfortable interior. But its not practical to buy a GTA Spano because of its high price.

  (458) posted on 10.9.2011

This is the true concept of elegance and luxury. It was totally dominating in style, and the inside features goes into the luxurious touch from details to materials are all made into perfection.

  (256) posted on 08.25.2011

The figure performance of the car is kind of impressive. The exterior has an exotic look but I think its just enough to call this as a speedy vehicle!

  (248) posted on 08.25.2011

IMO, the aerodynamics of the vehicle still needs improvement. However, I was drooling in the speed performance of the car. Its deliver power output will surely make the vehicle blast in the race track.

  (502) posted on 08.19.2011

The horse power of the car is boasting with 820 HP and speaking of competition. It can surely beat the Pagani Huaraya. The look of the car is very exotic. Too bad it is only limited.

  (372) posted on 08.18.2011

Yeah, this car really reminds me of the those exotic car. The figure performance of the vehicle is quite impressive. Wow, I can’t believe that this car is competing the Pagani Huayra.

  (530) posted on 08.18.2011

The platform of this car is quite similar with the SSC Ultimate Aero. However, the power output of this car really makes me drool. I wonder on who will win if there’s a race between the Aston Martin One-77 and this car?

  (594) posted on 07.14.2011

The speed performance of this car near to be the fastest car! I thought the Huayra would be the successor of the Bugatti but it seems that GTA was the real one.

  (384) posted on 07.14.2011

Hell! The figure performance of this car is freaking awesome. It seems that GTA have boosted the power output of this car into a much impressive amount! BTW, the Spano looks great on red.

  (377) posted on 07.5.2011

Impressive! 820 hp seems like a power output of the fastest car- the Bugatti. The exterior and elegant interior is enough to make me drool. I would say that this special edition is very stunning!

  (531) posted on 07.5.2011

I wonder where they have borrowed that engine.. I don’t think that they have built their own. However, the speed performance of the car is kind of great and it can’t stop me from saying wow!

  (830) posted on 06.29.2011

A expected from a GT car! For a v10 technology, I think the power output is kind of impressive! However, it seems that this car is subjected to gas guzzling! And I think it would be a tough task to compete with the Huayra!

  (398) posted on 06.29.2011

Yeah! A big WOW! The platform of this car really looks good as well as the performance! I do love the detailing in the exterior for it makes the car become sportier and aggressive!And the power of this car is very incredible.

  (394) posted on 05.16.2011

Although, it has an impressive power output. The look and the interior seems lame for me. I don’t think that we could consider this car as one of the high technology car in this industry.

  (419) posted on 05.16.2011

Wow! 800+hp in the performance for this car is quite unbelievable. However, I just wonder if in the real race it could boost up to the said power. hmm. I think there’s no other way but to test the car by myself!

  (539) posted on 04.20.2011

It would probably be a good idea to see these two cars competing against each other. That one would definitely show us the capabilities of each.

  (336) posted on 04.19.2011

Well considering that they are actually both considered as niche supercar makers, both Pagani and GTA are actually at par with each other. Though, the former is actually a little bit more well known.

  (630) posted on 04.18.2011

But i find it too courageous for competing against the Pagani Huayra! it seems that GTA is a risk taker. Well, i love it though I find it too pricey.

  (776) posted on 04.18.2011

hmm. I find there’s something missing in the exterior, there’s a lack in detailing and the interior is too bland, I don’t like its design and the leather material.

  (506) posted on 04.18.2011

Well, I wouldn’t choose between the two cars. In fact, I really find the Spano and the Huayra not a match with each other. Besides I don’t have the money for any of them smiley

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