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GTA Spano 2012

After the prototype debuted at the Swiss trade fair, GTA Motor has officially unveiled the definitive model of their GTA Spano during this year's Geneva Auto Show. Compared to the prototype, the definitive GTA Spano differentiates itself mainly through the body work. Air intakes have been carved on the sides and on the front bumpers, the car has a front bonnet now and an interesting door-opening system has been added.

Under the hood the GTA Spano sports an in-house built V10 8.3 liter engine capable of producing 820 horsepower and 960 Nm of torque. The gearbox is available in two options, a flappy paddle 7-speed automatic sequential gearbox, or a 7-speed manual sequential gearbox. The result is a 0-100 acceleration in just under three seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h. Additionally, the GTA Spano has been equipped with an electronic power control system capable of regulating power from a minimum of 450 cv to maximum power.

The chassis of the GTA Spano has been built from a combination of carbon fiber, titanium and Kevlar, which supposedly, offers a rigidity that is four times greater than what you would get from any other supersport car commercialized in the present. Because of the way the chassis was built, the total weight of the car, including all the liquids and all the available on board equipment is just 1350 kg. The brakes consist in 380 mm-diameter carbon ceramic self-ventilated disk brakes with 6-piston calipers which come directly from AP Racing. Furthermore, the braking system has been supplemented with pneumatic assistance and ABS.

The interior of the GTA Spano is quite generous and offers lots of features and electronics, one of the most interesting features being the panoramic glass roof with an adjustable opaqueness and lighting system. Other goodies made available in the GTA Spano include air conditioning, electrical sun visors, remote-controlled boot opening system, parking aid, anti-theft alarm with GPS location system, electrical handbrake, Xenon, Navigation, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, a digital dashboard, active suspension control system and leather Recaro seats featuring electrical adjustment, heating and cooling system.

As for the pricing and availability, GTA Motor plans to launch the GTA Spano 2012 on the automotive market sometime later this year and as far as the pricing goes, no official announcement has been made yet, but considering the expensive materials used in building the car, the amount of equipment available, the performances and the fact that they will only produce 99 models, we expect that the GTA Spano 2012 won't come cheap.

Today, GTA Motor officially launched the definitive GTA Spano model with great expectation at the Geneva International Motor Show, to become one of the main lures of this prestigious trade fair for yet another year.

In this way, the definitive model of this supersportcar was unveiled during a world premiere, of which the first units are already being produced and will be ready for delivery at the end of this year.

The main innovations included in this car compared to the prototype version, which debuted last year at this Swiss trade fair, considered one of the most important in the world, lie in its exterior design.

Into this definitive model, new components have been introduced, such as front and side air intakes, a front bonnet, rear-view mirrors and a door-opening system. At the rear, we find lots of innovative aspects, such as a new large-sized diffuser, which confer it a more modern and aggressive look, among others technical innovations.

The Geneva International Motor Show, which welcomes more than 10,000 journalists today and tomorrow, will open its doors to the public from 8th to 18th March to an estimated 800,000 visitors.

A limited edition of 99 GTA Spano models will be produced. This car accelerates from 0 to 100 Km/h in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of over 350 km/h. Its chassis has been created by combining carbon fibres, titanium and Kevlar, which has become a reference in the automobile sector thanks to its great rigidity and its lightness. GTA Spano has its own V10 engine, which is longitudinally positioned at the rear with 820 HP and a torque of 960 nm.

One of GTA Spano’s main innovations is its panoramic glass roof, which has exclusive interior lighting and an opaqueness system, thus rendering its interior a feeling of generous space.

Exterior Design

GTA Motor´s design department, directed by Sento Pallardó, has strived to create a unique automobile that resembles no other car in any way. In this way, a preliminary design has evolved until the present-day, which has succeeded in combining sportsmanship, elegance and exclusivity in a single concept. In other words, a very different style to that which currently exists on the international automobile scene.

One of Spano´s main distinguishing features lies in its lateral view, where doors fit perfectly into air intakes which, apart from performing an aerodynamic function, refrigerate elements such as oil coolers, power-assisted steering and brakes, among others. Its design is original and unprecedented, which is yet another distinguishing mark of Concept. As in all true sportscars, the doors have not doorframes.

Access to the interior is accomplished by pressing the GTA logotype, rendering it a more elegant design without traditional handles.

Its frontal view affords it with a strong personality along with its two large lateral air intakes and its convex bonnet, completed with an aerodynamic streamlining zone to facilitate the air flow, thus providing it an athletic look.

At the rear, the design department has attempted to create the best way to channel the air that flows under the car. The resulting effect is a rear design with plenty of character, marked by the use of glass with its small openings that perform a refrigeration function for the engine. The wing fits perfectly into the design with under air channelling, while the two air intakes and the twin exhaust system emphasise the vehicle´s sport character. There is a rear barrel to channel air and to improve the aerodynamic load.

The wing mirrors have been designed as a framework with a carbon fibre finish and a wing-like arm, built in aeronautical mechanised aluminium.

The large glazed surface affords the vehicle a strong quality, another of its distinguishing features. The vehicle has a patented interior lighting and liquid crystal shading system, and the degree of light required inside may be regulated. Its completely novel sun visors are set into the glass and boast the same technology.

Its electrically-operated windows have been made according to state-of-the-art technology, in such a way that tracks are maintenance-free and work-problem free at various temperatures.

The wheels, 19” at the front and 20” at the rear, are characterised by their angular shape. They have been designed specifically and exclusively for this car model, with offers a continuousness effect with the chassis. There is a flat exterior part that perfoms an aerodynamic function, offering greater resistance and involving less weight.

Interior Design

The interior design has been achieved with high-quality materials such as leather and carbon fibre. There is ample space; indeed a person over 2 meters high can be comfortably seated inside. Its panoramic glass roof enhances the sense of spaciousness and also improves luminosity inside.

The dashboard has been designed to transmit the car’s values; although it has a sporting look, it is also elegant to give an impression of luxury and comfort.

The prevalent feature of the instrument panel is an LCD screen, which can be personalised according to the customer´s requirements and provides the driver with all the necessary information. It includes every button required to adjust the high front bodywork, the rear wing and also the glass roof opacity system.

The steering wheel is made out of carbon fibre and leather, another typical sporting feature of this vehicle. A joystick is located behind the steering wheel to operate lights, wipers and indicators.

Its Recaro seats, made totally out of leather, are another feature of its sport design and are perfectly held. They display the brand´s anagrams, thus affording the vehicle more exclusivity. The seats also have an electrical adjustment system with heating and refrigeration.

One of Spano´s innovations is that there is no central rear-view mirror; instead there is a rear camera that projects onto the LCD screen and is aptly located on the dashboard. It also has a wide-angle camera to facilitate parking manoeuvres which automatically connects after activating the rear gear. Interior lights also use LED technology.

The dashboard has a large state-of-the-art 7” LCD screen with several functions such as navigation, radio with MP3 CD, an iPod port and Bluetooth for mobile phones.

GTA has two boots; a 100-litre front one and a 200-litre rear one; which are not inconsiderable for a vehicle of such characteristics. The front boot has a reverse opening system to make the task of loading luggage easier.

There are also two glove compartments, one located in the central compartment and the other on the front passenger’s side. It is possible to refrigerate them and they also include a drinks holder.

Spano has also incorporated practical compartments into both doors. The interior colour range varies according to the customer´s preferences.


Quality and elegance are the main characteristics of the GTA interior design, which is also fully equipped.

  • Sport seats

  • Electronically-regulating seats, with a heating and refrigeration system

  • Leather trimmings with GTA anagrams

  • ABS

  • Wheel-driving control

  • An active suspension control system that programmes the height of suspension

  • Electronic system with powerful control

  • Exclusive digital dashboard

  • Xenon

  • Navigator

  • CD charger with MP3

  • iPod Connection

  • Bluetooh

  • Electronically-regulating windows

  • Air conditioning

  • 19” wheels at the front and 20” at the rear

  • Exclusively designed 255/35 tyres at the front and 335/30 at the rear

  • Carbon ceramic manufactured AP Racing brakes system with 6 piston callipers

  • Self-regulation rear wing

  • LED Technology

  • Electrically-regulated exterior rear view

  • Steering wheel with three carbon-made spokes

  • Central locking

  • Electrical handbrake

  • Glass roof with patented lighting and opaqueness system

  • Electrical sun visors

  • Angular camera for parking manoeuvres

  • Laminated windscreen and non-frost glass

  • Anti-theft alarm and GPS location system

  • Central locking with distance control

  • Remote-controlled boot opening

  • Reverse boot-opening trunk that makes placing luggage inside easier

  • Exclusively designed suitcases with personalised GTA anagrams


GTA has developed a special engine for this car, and has opted for a V10, 8.3 litre engine placed in a longitudinal rear position. It has 820 HP and 960 Nm torque.

GTA’s technicians have worked hard to enhance the compressor so that GTA achieves amazing performances at a top speed of over 350 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 Km/h in under three seconds. These figures place it directly among the five fastest cars commercialised in the world. The precision of the engine´s control unit helps the engine to offer and increase in power progressively under all circumstances.

Spano also has an electronic power control system, supplied according to the customer´s wishes, which regulates power from a minimum of 450 cv to maximum power.

The gearbox is available in two options, all of which have seven gears: automatically sequential 7 speed with a paddle shift steering wheel or manual sequential.

Chassis and dynamic performance

The chassis has been one of aspects on which special emphasis has been placed during the construction of Spano. The most state-of-the-art technologies have been applied to the automobile world, thus making Spano not only one of the few cars in the world with aeronautical components, but also a reference on the automobile scene.

The chassis has been built completely out of carbon fibre, titanium and Kevlar, whose rigidity is four times greater than that of today’s presently commercialised supersport cars, which offers the best level of safety. With this technology, the weight of the monocoque is only 56 kg, while total weight is 1350 kg, with all the liquids and the most convenient equipment on board.

Thanks to its special chassis outline and the materials used, GTA has great traction capacity and is easy to drive, unlike what one might think of a car whose power is 820 hp. In this case, it offers a turning circle of 10.8 meters to assist driving, with very impressive manoeuvrability.

To bring this huge potential to a standstill, GTA´s braking system includes 380 mm-diameter carbon ceramic ventilated disc brakes and 6-piston callipers supplied by AP Racing, with pneumatic assistance and ABS. GTA Spano also has a sophisticated traction control system.

The tyres are manufactured exclusively for this car by Pirelli: 255/35 on a 19” front wheel and 335/30 on a 20” rear wheel. Spano also offers self-adjusting shock absorbers which are capable of raising the car by up to 8 cm to avoid potholes and regular speed bumps on roads, and to facilitate access to garages. It also has twin trapezium suspension, which enables all kinds of adjustments.

GTA Spano 2012


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