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Sunday, September 3, 2023

The South Korea's First Hand-Made Supercar

First ONES - When you think of South Korea, you might envision a bustling hub for regular car production, home to automotive giants like KIA and Hyundai. However, what if I told you that this country also boasts a supercar, rivaling the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari, crafted by the skilled hands of its own engineers and designers?
Spirra, the first South Korean supercar. (Picture from: KoreaITTImes)
Meet the Oullim Spirra, South Korea's very own production supercar. This automotive masterpiece has taken the world by storm, and today, we'll delve into what makes it so extraordinary. At the heart of the Spirra lies a mid-mounted Hyundai V6 2.7-liter turbocharged engine. But it's not just any engine; it's a powerhouse that can unleash up to 500 horsepower. The highest-tier Spirra GT, with its carbon fiber body, can hit a breathtaking top speed of 312 kph.
Right side view of Spirra supercar. (Picture from: http://www.caradvice.com.au/)
With such staggering power under the hood, it's no wonder that this car, weighing between 1,320 to 1,450 kilos, can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in a mere 3.4 seconds. And here's the surprising part – despite this phenomenal performance, all Spirra models boast an impressive fuel economy, covering 11 kilometers on just a single liter of fuel.
Rear view of Spirra supercar. (Picture from: KoreaITTImes)
Spirra lineup is diverse, comprising five distinct models: Spirra N, S, T, EX, and GT. Each model offers varying peak power outputs, ranging from 180 to 500 horsepower. Prices for these remarkable machines range from KRW 79 million to KRW 216.6 million, approximately translating to $75,000 to $205,000 (or Rp. 908 million to Rp. 2.49 billion) at the time.

But it doesn't stop there. Spirra's manufacturers are not just about selling cars; they're committed to providing a holistic automotive experience. They offer customization options, engine tuning to enhance performance, and a range of interior packages. These services are readily available in major South Korean cities like Seongsu-dong and Yangjae-dong Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon.
2013 Spirra Cregit at Seoul Motor Show 2013. (Picture from: KoreaITTImes)
Presently, the new plant has a maximum production capacity of 342 Spirra units, although crafting each car takes approximately two months. What's truly remarkable is that the Spirra is a creation of Oullim Motors, a company founded in July 2006. In less than four years, this fledgling company transformed itself into a force to be reckoned with in the world of sports car manufacturing.

The latest addition to their impressive lineup is the 2013 Spirra Cregit, featuring a 3.8-liter engine and a staggering 600 horsepower, officially unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show in March 2013. Have any of you spotted this car on the road? If you have, please share your experience in the comments section below.
In conclusion, the Spirra is a testament to South Korea's prowess in the automotive world. With its blend of cutting-edge technology, impressive performance, and a touch of luxury, it stands tall among the giants of the supercar realm. The Spirra represents not just a car but a symbol of innovation and determination, showcasing what can be achieved when passion and engineering excellence come together.. *** [EKA [02012014] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SPIRRA DESIGN | KOREAITTIMES ] 
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