The Spada Codatronca: not for the Faint-hearted

By: Jason Moore

Sure your GMC ride has kept you reliable company for the past three years, except on having your mechanic check out the some months back, your ride never really gave you any problems. You like your car, but sometimes, you can't help but long for something racier, something different, more out-of-this world.

Well check out the latest beast from the car-loving folks in Italy.

Designed and produced by the Italian design house SpadaConcept in conjunction with the tuning firm UK Garage, the newest supercar -- the Spada Codatronca, might just be the car you had in mind.

You may have heard about SpadaConcept - it is the same design studio responsible for designing such classics as the Aston Martin DB4, Fulvia Sport Zagato -to name a few. Ercole Spada and his son, Paolo Spada, who also happens to be the company's new design director, reportedly drew influences from their original 1965 Alpha Romeo TZ that also featured a fin-like rear called the "Kamm tail coda tronca" design.

Now Spada have released full technical details of their exciting new limited-production supercar, the Codatronca, which, according to the company's website, can be expected to be available in three hand-crafted versions, two of which will be fully road homologated super cars, the TS (Turismo Sportivo) and the TSV (Turismo Sportivo Veloce); with a third race destined option, the TSS (Turismo Super Sportivo), which was described by the Italian firm as "the finest race version which will be delivered soon."

Based on the Chevy Corvette, the Codatronca features heavy Mako Shark infuence in the front end design. It is a front-mid-engined, rear wheel drive two-door coupe featuring a very lightweight aluminum spaceframe structure combined with a magnesium roof section and similar composite treatment for the engine cradle.

You should know here that the engine is a tweaked Corvetta C6's aluminium block V8, and cylinder head comes with an eight-quart dry-sump lubrication system, titanium valves and connecting rods. Spada also fits twin Rotrex superchargers, dual intercoolers, sequential fuel injection and a boosted compression ratio of 11:1. All this combined delivers an impressive 600 hp at 6,300 rpm and 790 Nm of torque at 4,600. The power is channeled through the rear wheels via a short-throw 6-speed manual. And did we mention that all this too, is Euro 4 compliant?

The "base" Codatronca TS, according to Spada reaches top speed of 330 km/h and 0-100 km/h (62mph) time of 3.2 seconds. The lighter-weight (1380kg) and more powerful (700hp) TSV track version, says the company, is set to deliver a top speed of 355 km/h and an astounding 2.7 second 0-100 km/h time.

A lot of netizens have already commented on the Codatronca's styling - but like it or not, Spada's newest supercar is definitely not a car for the faint-hearted.

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