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Spyker ends reign of the C8 Aileron with final 3 units in LM85 specs/liveries

For those of you who are aware of Spyker, you must have heard of the C8 Aileron. The said model has been around for about eight years now and the Dutch automaker has finally decided to give an end to its life. And to give it a proper goodbye, Spyker will produce the final three examples in the racing inspired LM85 spec, together with matching motorsport-inspired liveries.

To achieve this look, the automaker will make use of exposed rivets to attach the LM85’s body panels to the C8 Aileron. It will be given wider fenders as well. The billet aluminum intakes give the exterior a bright flourish. And since the automaker is only going to build three examples of the vehicle, each one of them will be getting a unique paint job.

One of them will be finished in a Jet Black finish with Crimson Red S accents that decorate the body, while the other one is a reverse of the first one, getting a Crimson Red with Jet Black S accents. The third model will be dressed in Jet Black with a Gold S. All three examples will be getting a two-tone leather inside, paired with an aluminum dashboard, accented with Chronoswiss gauges.

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Fighter jet-inspired Spyker C8 Preliator debuts at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Spyker has taken the wraps off its latest sports car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the new Spyker C8 Preliator. This third-generation Spyker sports car features as standard a Head-Up Display (HUD), which is typically found in fighter jets – a nod to the sports car maker’s aviation heritage.

Its name is only fitting, as "Preliator" means "fighter" or "warrior" in Latin and “Fighters” are warplanes that Spyker built between 1914 and 1918. Moreover, "Preliator" has come to symbolize the challenges that Spyker had overcome in the past few years.

A personification of Spyker’s vaunted craftsmanship, the new Spyker C8 Preliator is designed for clients who know the value of bespoke features and the attention to detail of vehicles that Spyker has built in the past and have offered to the public for 15 years now.

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Top 10 fastest police cars in the world

There are two main qualities that make up a good police car. The first is that it needs to be sturdy enough in order to ram suspect's vehicles or even fences. This is why in the U.S., the preference is to use muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Corvette.

When criminals see this chasing them, the better choice is to surrender at once or face the prospect of being rammed off the road. The second important characteristic that cop cars should have is speed. For what use would a police car be if it is not able to chase down speeding criminals.

While many countries continue to rely on muscle cars, others have chosen to focus instead on speed. A good example of this would be Dubai where one can see a supercar on almost every street. In order to ensure that the law is followed, Dubai's police department has their own counterparts to solve the problem.

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Dutch appeals court cancels bankruptcy of Spyker NV

A Dutch appeals court has declared the bankruptcy of financially troubled Dutch supercar maker Spyker "null and void with retrospective effect." A local court placed the company in bankruptcy on Dec. 18 by a Dutch court after the bridging funds promised during creditor protection failed to materialize. Spyker only received the funds 11 days later and then filed an appeal on bankruptcy ruling.

The nullification of the bankruptcy declaration means that Spyker is now back under the protection of the "moratorium of payment," which is similar to the Chapter 11 protection in the United States.

With the matter resolved, Spyker chief executive Victor Muller said he plans to push ahead with development of the B6 Venator entry-level luxury sports car as well as merge with a US-based maker of high performance electric aircraft.

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A Dutch district court has declared Spyker NV bankrupt, placing the financially troubled supercar maker under court-supervised receivership. Also placed under receivership are Spyker’s wholly owned subsidiaries Spyker Automobielen and Spyker Events & Branding. The court-appointed administrator for Spyker is now tasked to guide the carmaker through bankruptcy proceedings, the Dutch company said in a statement.

The carmaker said that the court ruled to declare it bankruptcy after a planned bridge funding failed to reach it on time. Spyker founder and chief executive Victor Muller has vowed to revive the company and this time around, he said that his company’s bankruptcy “is not the end.”

He remarked that he will “relentlessly endeavor” to revive Spyker as soon as practically possible. He said that once Spyker is revived, it would merge with a high performance electric aircraft maker and develop electric vehicles with “disruptive sustainable technology.”

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Dutch supercar maker Spyker Cars has filed for financial restructuring, seeking to avoid bankruptcy. A Dutch court has already granted the carmaker’s petition for a temporary moratorium of payment, allowing it to address short-term operational and liquidity challenges.

Spyker said in a statement that the court has also named an administrator who will manage the carmaker along with its board. Spyker founder and chief executive Victor Muller remarked that the carmaker encountered serious difficulties as a result of its acquisition of Saab and its involvement in Formula One racing.

Spyker acquired Saab from General Motors in 2009 but failed to revive the Swedish group. Spyker’s restructuring plan entails a launch of its B6 Venator entry-level luxury sports car as well as a merger with a manufacturer of high-performance electric aircraft based in the United States.

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Spyker will unveil a redesigned D8 Peking-to-Paris super-sports utility vehicle at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show -- eight years after the original concept made its debut at the Swiss expo. Spyker found a new momentum to finish the ‘P2P’ project after forming a joint venture with Youngman. Spyker contributed the intellectual property rights and technology of the P2P, while Youngman invested EUR25 million to complete the project.

Spyker chief executive Victor Muller told Autocar that although they have already completed engineering the P2P, they still need to build the tools and put the super-SUV into production. Muller expects to sell a maximum of 1000 examples of the D8 Peking-to-Paris premium SUV in emerging markets like China and Russia.

He noted that so far, no carmaker has marketed a mid-engined super-sports vehicle with four doors and four-wheel drive. He remarked that while the D8 P2P will be “very usable,” it will be also be a “beast.” Spyker will start focusing on the P2P after it has signed off the B6 Venator, a 375bhp V6-powered sports car it unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

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As we said in this post, Spyker introduced at a press conference in Pebble Beach, California the new B6 Venator Spyder Concept. Based on the B6 Venator Coupe Concept, the convertible features the same V-shaped radiator grille that pays tribute to the Spyker models of the previous century, headlights equipped with LED light rails, 3D LED rear lights inspired by the after burners of a jet engine and elegant 19-inch turbofan wheels in mirror polish finish.

The brand's axiom "Nulla tenaci invia est via" – which translates to "For the tenacious no road is impassable" – is shown on the fairings. Inside, the B6 Venator Spyder Concept features the finest materials such as leather sourced from the Litano range produced by the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands.

According to Spyker, Hulshof uses only West European first choice bull hides and a special tanning process that produces the beautifully rich colour palette. Moreover, we find a red cover on the ignition switch that evokes the spirit of starting an aeroplane, as does the dashboard that lights up as part of the 'pre-flight check.' The dashboard is shown with a turned aluminium fascia, similar to those seen on Spykers of the 1920s.

Read the entire article Spyker B6 Venator Spyder Concept debuts at 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Dutch sports car maker Spyker NV has disclosed that it will appeal a decision by United States District Judge Gershwin Drain of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan dismissing its $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors Co. Spyker has accused GM of trying to collapse Swedish carmaker Saab.

Saab said that after a “careful review” of the ruling of the district court, it decided to make an appeal. In dismissing Spyker’s lawsuit, Judge Drain said on June 10, 2013, that GM had a contractual right to approve or disapprove the proposed sale of Saab to Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co.

Saab halted production in May 2011 when it lost ability to pay suppliers and it workforce. For several months, Spyker and former Saab CEO Victor Muller had attempted to implement a rescue agreement with different investors from Russia, Middle East and China, which include Youngman and Pang Da Automobile Trade Co Ltd. The rescue agreement with Youngman, however, failed to push through after General Motors, Saab’s former owner, declined to approve the sale. This eventually resulted in Saab being declared as bankrupt. Saab declared bankruptcy in December 2011, less than two years after GM sold the carmaker to Spyker.

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Judge Gershwin Drain of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has dismissed a $3-billion lawsuit filed by Dutch sports car maker Spyker against General Motors Co. Spyker filed a suit against GM in August 2012, accusing the US carmaker of trying to prevent an agreement to sell collapsed Swede carmaker Saab to Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. as well as trying get rid of possible competitor in China.

In dismissing Spyker’s lawsuit, Drain said that GM had a contractual right to disapprove the proposed agreement. He ruled that GM had the right to block the sale of Saab, which is using its technology. He said that the acquisition agreement that gives GM the right to stop Saab’s change of ownership "is clear, unambiguous and absolute."

Drain added that GM’s statements expressing its opposition to the Youngman deal were not made with malice or to intentionally harm Saab. GM spokesman Dave Roman told Reuters in an e-mail that the carmaker is pleased with the court's decision to dismiss the case.

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Spyker N.V. received a lot of praise for the new B6 VENATOR CONCEPT that it introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show. There was no shortage of positive feedback from the media which posted headlines like: “Spyker's B6 Venator Designed to Take Off," "Spyker's Back in the Hunt," and "Is This the Coolest Car Interior Ever?".

Spyker has confirmed that the SPYKER B6 VENATOR, which means hunter in Latin, will be built, launching the brand's global revival. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT –- a two-door compact sports car – will pose as an alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector.

It offers a rare combination of heritage, design, performance and exclusivity. If we exclude Spyker's GT endurance racers, the B6 VENATOR is the first Spyker to make use of an all carbon fibre body built on a lightweight aluminium chassis.

Read the entire article Spyker confirms the B6 Venator production once again after positive feedback from Geneva

The revival plans of supercar specialist Spyker will include the introduction of a crossover vehicle concept next year. At the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, Edmunds learned that this model will start production in 2016. This crossover will be a spin-off of the Spyker D8 Paris-to-Peking crossover that was seen first at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show as the Spyker D8.

The production version will not be as luxuriously finished as the concept. But like all Spyker vehicles, it will be highly exclusive. The Spyker B6 Venator Concept, which is poised to go up against the Porsche 911, made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. Spyker hopes to make the B6 Venator affordable, divulging that when it goes on sale, its price point will be more accessible at about $125,000 to $150,000.

The B6 Venator will start selling in the U.S. market in spring 2014. For its revival, Spyker is focusing on three models: “the new B6 Venator, the older $245,000 Spyker C8 Aileron, the supercar with Audi V8 power, and the upcoming crossover.” Spyker has grand plans.

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Spyker has unveiled the B6 Venator concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. A report by The Wall Street Journal gave us more information about this concept, which will be competing with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. It comes with a price tag of around $150,000. The new Spyker B6 Venator is named after the Latin translation for hunter.

The B6 Venator features new LED accents and Spyker’s signature V-mesh grille. The name “Spyker” is also written in the same script used on the brand’s 1903 60 HP race car. The Venator pays homage to Spyker’s aircraft manufacturer history by giving it an interior that takes inspiration from an airplane. Its interior, which uses aluminum and leather, comes with the automaker’s signature exposed gear change mechanism.

It also gets an engine start button disguised under a red cover. The B6 Venator is powered by a mid-mounted V-6 that’s coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Spyker introduced today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the all-new B6 Venator Concept, a compact, 2-door mid-engine sports car that promises to resurrect the well-known Dutch manufacturer. The concept was designed by Victor R. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of Spyker N.V., and according to the official press release, it features a highly detailed design, bespoke materials and aviation-inspired elements are a core part of the Spyker DNA.

The name Venator, means Hunter in Latin and evokes Spyker’s “Hunter” fighter aircraft of the early 20th century. Some of the exterior details include the trademark radiator grille’s mesh is V-shaped, inspired by the models of the Spyker models of the previous century, but also the 1903 Spyker logo which reminds us of the era when Spyker built racers such as the amazing 60HP.

Moreover, we find the aerodynamically shaped glass aircraft canopy, as well as the 3D rear lights that are inspired by the iris-type after burners of a jet engine from a modern fighter aircraft. The brake light is sculpted into the rear panel design, in order to ensure smooth, following design lines. The exterior design is completed by the 19” TurbofanTM wheels shown in polish finish.

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Thanks to Wall Street Journal, we were able to see the first photo today with the new B6 Venator Concept. Set to make its official debut next week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new Spyker B6 Venator Concept is a mid-engined sports car powered by a V6 engine delivering 375 hp and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The concept car has an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber body, which translates into a total weight of under 3,080 pounds. The weight-to-power ration is 8.21 pounds per hp, a little better than the Porsche 911 Carrera. Still, Spyker CEO Victor Muller says that the B6 Venator Concept is not a 911 Killer and anybody who says that is crazy.

As you can see from the photos, the new Spyker bears a striking resemblance, in profile and in specification, to the Lotus Evora S. Still, Muller declined to say who is the powertrain supplier. Moreover, Muller played the role of the designer for the B6 Venator Concept and many of the details seen on older models will be seen on the new car, such as the aluminum dash, exposed gearshift mechanism and the quilted leather.

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Spyker NV said last Monday that it will oppose General Motors Co.’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit that the Dutch sports car maker filed against GM for over $3 billion on behalf of Saab. Last Friday, GM dismissed claims that it had intentionally collapsed the Swedish company by obstructing a deal with a Chinese investor.

To respond to the case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, GM said that it legally had the right to give approval to Saab's contract with China's Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. Previously, GM said that the lawsuit filed last month by Spyker didn’t have merit. In a statement last Monday, Spyker said it will contest the motion to junk the case on Nov. 9, on the assumption that the court gets an extension to which GM has agreed to.

Saab ended production in May 2011 when it could not anymore pay suppliers and employees. Less than two years after Spyker was sold by GM, it became bankrupt last December. For several months, Spyker and former Saab CEO Victor Muller had attempted to implement a rescue deal with different Russian, Middle Eastern and Chinese investors, which include Youngman and Pang Da Automobile Trade Co Ltd.

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General Motors filed a response in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to reject claims made by Saab's parent that GM intentionally bankrupted the Swedish company by obstructing a deal with a Chinese investor. The lawsuit is valued at $3 billion. GM replied that it held the legal right to grant Saab's transaction with China's Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co.

In the filings, GM said that the core of the complaint is that GM didn’t approve the transaction plaintiffs had suggested to go into into with Youngman. However, the pertinent contracts did not allow Saab to consummate the proposal without GM's consent. GM had already indicated previously that this lawsuit, which was filed by Saab parent Spyker last month, didn’t have merit.

Saab, which is one of the most famous brands in Sweden, halted production in May 2011 when it couldn’t anymore pay its workers and suppliers. It became bankrupt in December, less than two years after Dutch sportscar maker Spyker bought it from GM. The U.S. automaker’s moves to put a stop to any sale were done to eradicate a possible competitor in China, Spyker revealed in the lawsuit.

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Spyker will create two joint ventures with China's Zhejiang Youngman to build Saab-based vehicles and a luxury sports utility vehicle under the terms of a framework agreement that will see Youngman gain a 29.9 percent stake in the carmaker. Youngman was one of the Chinese investors that Spyker approached in the past when it was looking for money to restore the Saab brand under its ownership.

The deal with Youngman, however, failed to push through after former Saab owner General Motors declined to approve the sale, eventually resulting in Saab being declared as bankrupt in December 2011. Under the terms of the deal between Spyker and Youngman, they will develop a range of upscale cars based on the Saab Phoenix platform.

Youngman owns this license. Spyker will hold just a 20 percent stake while Youngman will own 80 percent of the stock in the brand dubbed as Spyker Phoenix. Both companies will also develop a luxury Spyker SUV based on the D8 Peking-to-Paris concept model, which was unveiled at the Geneva auto show in 2006. In a statement, Spyker said Youngman would invest EUR25 million in the venture, resulting in 75-percent stake. Meanwhile, Spyker would contribute the technology and retain 25 percent of the holdings.

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Spyker has agreed to a request by General Motors to extend the deadline to respond to a legal action that seeks over $3 billion in damages. The deadline was originally set Aug. 28, 2012, but was postponed to Sept. 28, 2012. Spyker is taking legal action against GM, in behalf of its Saab unit, alleging that the US carmaker deliberately bankrupted the Swedish automaker by obstructing a deal with a Chinese investor.

In a statement, Spyker said that GM's actions had the direct and intended objective of pushing Saab into bankruptcy, a consequence of the US carmaker’s interference with a transaction between Saab Automobile AB, Spyker and Chinese investor Youngman. Spyker said the deal would have enabled Saab Automobile AB to restructure and remain solvent.

GM described the Spyker lawsuit as "without merit." Saab collapsed financially on December 2011, nearly two years after Spyker acquired it from GM. Saab’s bankruptcy came after several failed attempts to entice investors and perk up the company. Saab was declared insolvent after incurring around SEK13 billion ($1.8 billion) in debts, around SEK2.2 billion of which is due to the Swedish Debt Office.

Read the entire article Spyker agrees to extend deadline for GM lawsuit response to September 28

Dutch sports car maker Spyker has appointed John Walton to be its chief commercial officer and head of its Americas unit. Walton, 53, used to be the U.S. boss at Aston Martin. Spyker, which bought Saab from General Motors Co., said that Walton will immediately take up the job and will report to CEO Victor Muller.

When Walton was vice president of Aston Martin in North America, its sales increased from 200 cars in 2001 to more than 2,400 in 2007. This makes it the most successful market for the firm. Walton also significantly helped in the launch of the DB7 grand tourer, which helped Aston Martin to get back its fortunes. In a statement last Wednesday, Muller said that he met Walton at Aston Martin 16 years ago.

He said that when they had Spyker set up in 2000, he had wanted to get Walton to build the company. It was 1980 that Walton started his career with Ford. He then transferred to automotive suppliers Unipart and Rossion Automotive in various senior positions. He became a part of Aston Martin as its general manager, supervising parts and distribution before transferring to sales where he had numerous positions as the head of its global, North American, and Europe and Middle East sales.

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