When you read about supercars all day, but never get to drive any of them, you tend to put them on different tiers by performance. I’m looking today at what should be a top tier supercar- the Spania GTA Spano.
If that sounds pretty Spanish, that’s because it is. Valencia-based Spania GTA has been building race cars and running them in series like Formula 3 for 20 years, but you’ve never heard of them because unlike McLaren, Ford, and Ferrari, they didn’t have any road cars. But they do now.
Spania GTA didn’t get very inventive with the name when they showed up with the latest version of the Spano at Geneva earlier this month, but that show was dominated by a car called the Ferrari TheFerrari, so we can’t complain.
Nor can we complain about the Spano’s figures. Between the rear chassis members, which are constructed of a combination of carbon fiber, titanium, and Kevlar; lurks a massive 8.4 liter V10. Since I just wrote about the newest Viper yesterday, I thought that this was surely a Mopar-sourced mill.
But Spania builds racecars, so while most cottage supercar builders like Pagani and Noble opt to outsource their engines, Spania’s are apparently built in-house. That’s not just awesome. That’s Koenigsegg-awesome. Now stop biting your nails. The big V10 has been twin-turbocharged to 900 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque. As with the body panels, some elements of the engine, like the valve covers and the intake manifold, have been lovingly formed of carbon fiber, keeping the weight down to just 2,976 pounds.
Do the math in your head. Don’t cheat. No, that’s correct, you don’t need any more time. It gets to 60 in 2.9 seconds and will top out at 217 mph. That’s Aventador territory. Actually, that’s exactly as fast as the Aventador goes.
The styling, however, has taken a different path entirely. Where the Italian is an angular fragment of a diamond once housed in the walls of Mount Vesuvius, the Spaniard carries all the flowing grace of a Bilbao rapier guard. The elliptical curves on the flanks are reminiscent of the Veyron’s, and appear to be just as functional. An integrated rear spoiler stands so high that you might actually be able to see out the rear windshield.
If, of course, you can afford one. No pricing details have been released yet, but because only 99 examples will be built, the figure is expected to range from Astronomical to Just Stop Dreaming Now. And that’s only for the road version. The Spania guys say they’re working on a track-ready R variant, rated at 1200 hp. At that rate, they could go after Bugatti- if they care to poke a sleeping giant.
Admittedly, the Spano doesn’t quite suit my tastes. The rear styling is a little awkward, and I’m more inclined to take my imagined heavy wallet to Lamborghini. But I think it’s extremely cool to see a small firm like Spania GTA pushing the limits- simply for the love of the race.
What do you think of the Spano?