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by Tim Beissmann

The GTA Spano has been revealed in production form at the Geneva motor show, giving the world its first taste of Spanish supercar.

The Spano has spent five years in development and, on paper at least, the end product appears to have been worth the wait.

Powering the GTA Spano is a supercharged 8.3-litre V10 engine with 611kW and 960Nm of torque. To give that some context, the Spano has 67kW/270Nm more grunt than the V12-powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (also on display in Geneva), and is also 175kg lighter (1350kg total).

The result is a supercar that can sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and will continue on to a top speed in excess of 350km/h.

The mid-mounted engine is teamed with a seven-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters that sends power to the rear wheels.

The structural monocoque is made from titanium honeycomb, Kevlar and carbon fibre, the latter of which is also used for the body panels.

Bringing the Spano to a stop are 380mm carbon ceramic discs from AP Racing with forced ventilation and six-piston calipers.

Manufactured exclusively for the Spano by Pirelli, 255/35 profile tyres are fitted to the 19-inch front wheels while 335/30 rubber wraps around the 20s at the back. Self-adjusting shock absorbers are capable of raising the car by 80mm to negotiate driveways, speed humps and potholes.

The GTA Spano also features technology and convenience equipment rarely seen in ultra-performance cars. The dashboard sports a seven-inch LCD screen that facilitates satellite navigation, rear-view camera (in place of a rear-view mirror), iPod integration and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Recaro sports seats are covered in leather and are embossed with exclusive GTA badges.

The steering wheel is constructed from carbon fibre and leather, and behind it sits an LCD instrument panel, which gives access to a range of vehicle adjustment settings, from the rear wing position to the opacity of the panoramic glass roof.

There are also two cooled glove boxes and two boots – a 100-litre one at the front and a 200-litre one at the rear.

And now for the bad news: GTA will produce just 99 Spanos to ensure the supercar’s exclusivity. Prices are yet to be revealed.

Read CarAdvice’s review of a 2009 GTA Spano prototype.

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