Peter Anderson | Jun 26, 2012

Niche Spanish carmaker Tauro Sport Auto has unveiled its new, limited-run V8-powered Spider.

Although based on the Pontiac Solstice/Opel GT, the Spider gets its own bodywork, with plenty of Fisker and Alfa Romeo influences. Squint a little, and you'll spot hints of Fiat's lovely Barchetta and a dash of Mercedes SLS.

The interior carries over mostly unchanged from the donor car - so, depending on your preferences, this may or may not be a good thing.

The Spider does however get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and some Alcantara trim, and the manual version gets an aluminium gear knob.

The roadster's heart is also from GM, utilising the familiar LS3 6.2 litre monster and producing 324kW and 586Nm.

Tauro also offers performance packages to boost the power to 353kW or 390kW or, if you've a big tyre budget, 478kW.

The package is quite a departure from the Solstice, which made do with a 130kW Ecotec engine, through to the 190kW GXP.

There's little out there about Tauro, but we do know that the company will charge €100,000 (around A$125,000) for each of the thirty cars it plans to make.

The Solstice and its blood brothers, the Opel GT, Saturn Sky and Daewoo G2X, were discontinued in 2010 after GM CEO Fritz Henderson announced the end of the Pontiac brand.

The Tauro Sport Spider's left-hook-only configuration means it's unlikely to find its way to Australia outside of the odd special import, although it's expected that most are already spoken for.


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