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Think of supercars, and your thoughts might turn to Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens or Vipers.
A South Korean vehicle with a Dutch electric drivetrain probably doesn't spring to mind. Though that's what you're looking at here.
It's called the Oullim Motors Spirra EV, and according to Dutch site De Telegraaf, it's due to go into production following its debut at next year's Geneva Motor Show.
The Spirra itself is not a new vehicle. In fact, it's been around since 2008, when it was known as the Proto Motors Spirra.
Proto Motors was set up in the 1990s by Korean husband and wife team Han-chul Kim and Ji-sun Choi, but economic conditions in the mid-2000s made business tough, and the company was bought by the Oullim Group in July 2006.
In standard production form, the Spirra uses Hyundai-derived 2.7-liter V-6 gasoline engines. In low states of tune, the car is capable of sub-7 second 0-60 mph runs and a 137 mph top speed, while turbocharged variants with 600 horsepower almost breach 200 mph.
Not very green, though. Which is where European arm, Spirra Europe BV, comes in.
Details on the new electric supercar are sparse. Well, there aren't any really, aside from a few quotes by Dutch investor Roland Noterman.
Noterman says they can "do anything" with the car, and current plans involve a four-wheel drive electric setup.
The car's design isn't fixed either, though if it looks like the production Spirra it won't be disappointing. It's not the most original sports car shape we've ever seen, but not unattractive.
Nor is pricing fixed. But given the cost of other limited-run electric sports cars like the French Exagon Furtive E-GT, Telegraaf predicts a pricetag in the 200,000 Euro range, or $270,000 at current exchange rates.
A basic, gasoline Spirra starts at around $74,000.
That's if the electric version happens at all, of course--the track record of electric supercars is patchy at best...