The Korean supercar from Oullim Motors, called the Spirra, is making headlines again, this time with regards to an electric powertrain. We've known that there were plans for an electric version of the car since 2011, when we saw a Spirra EV in a video showcasing how the cars are built. Now, Dutch investor Roland Notermans has spoken with Holland's De Telegraaf about plans to actually get the thing built.
"We can do anything with the car," says Notermans, stating plans to create a four-wheel-drive electric version of the Spirra. What that will actually entail is still unknown to us, but we can hope to have more details and specifications as the Spirra EV approaches its expected debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The currently available hand-built, rear-wheel-drive Spirra is offered with three conventional powertrain options. The Spirra N uses a mid-mounted 2.7-liter V6 sourced from Hyundai, producing 175 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Meh. The turbocharged Spirra S makes 330 hp and 347 lb-ft, while the Spirra T, with its larger turbocharger, offers up 400 hp and 362 lb-ft. The top-spec Spirra EX features a biturbo V6 making 500 hp and 398 lb-ft, and can sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds.
Hopefully, the Spirra EV, should it come to fruition, will lean more toward those higher performance specs. It definitely looks the part (though the car's appearance could change by the time we see it next). It will certainly bend toward the higher end of the cost spectrum, too, with an estimated €200,000 price tag (around $270,000 US). Despite the vagueness of the "We can do anything" statement, having a single figure to point at does make the the reality of the Spirra EV feel a bit more concrete. Again, the car's debut - or absence - at Geneva in March will give something more definite on which to hinge our expectations.