Text: Dean Ang / Photos: Spyker Press & David Smith | posted March 11, 2013 13:32
Features design cues from the aviation industry
Spyker shows no sign of giving up amidst bankruptcy issues for the past few years and is now seeking to revive brand with the launch of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. Its name means 'hunter' in Latin and originates from Spyker's fighter aircrafts during the early 20th century.
The Spyker B6 Venator Concept is the brand's latest luxury sports car and was designed by Spyker's very own CEO, Victor Muller. Although the design is modernized, it has certain features that's instantly recognizable as a Spyker that's most notable with its trademark V-shaped radiator grille and glass roof. Highlighting the brand's history with the aviation industry are its jet engine after burners-inspired 3D LED rear lights, airplane cockpit inspired interior layout, and 19" Turbofan wheels.
To start its rear-mid mounted 375 bhp V6 engine, the driver will have to flick the bright red cover on the center console before turning on the ignition switch. Once turned on, everything on the dashboard including the analog gauges will light up as part of the car's 'pre-flight check'. An exposed gear change mechanism enables the driver to cycle through the car's six-speed automatic gearbox.
Although its power figure seems to be not as impressive as most modern day sports cars, its carbon fiber body resting on an all aluminum chassis is expected to have a curb weight of less than 1,400kg to ensure a very efficient power-to-weight ratio.
“There is no denying that Spyker went through a very rough period in recent years. However, today we prove the truth of our motto since 1914, ‘Nulla tenaci invia est via’ – ‘For the tenacious no road is impassable.’" said Victor R. Muller, CEO, Spyker N.V. "Spyker B6 Venator Concept represents our view of the future, the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our history.”
The Spyker B6 Venator Concept will begin production in early 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in autumn 2014.