Compact Spanish roadster with 440bhp arrives in the UK

The Tauro Spider V8 has made its first appearance on British soil at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The model took part in the Michelin Supercar Run, and will continue to do so throughout the weekend. 

The compact Spanish roadster is the work of Tauro Sport Auto, and it was born out of the ashes of the Pontiac Solstice. It features a front-engined, rear-drive layout, with power coming from a General Motors-sourced 6.2-litre V8 engine with 440bhp that's mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Standard features include a limited-slip differential, independent double wishbone suspension, and adaptive dampers. A power upgrade to 650bhp is also available, as is a six-speed automatic gearbox. 

Tauro wants to build up to 30 units per year, each costing around €100,000 and built to a customer's custom specification.

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13 July 2013

When they could have a Jaguar F-Type, plus its a lot of money for a car based on the long dead Pontiac Solstace

13 July 2013

100,000 euros for that?  For that amount you could buy a Range Rover Sport and a Porsche Boxster, or any similar combination of cars, not to mention any number of  Porsches and even Aston Martins.

If it was a bit better looking I might be able to understand it, but it is a bit "blink and you've forgotten what it looks like".


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