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.
Moreover, we find the exposed gear change mechanism that was inspired by early aircraft controls from Spyker's aviation heritage. Under the hood, there is a V6 engine developing 375+ hp, which is bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels. Spyker says that the B6 Venator Spyder Concept will go into production in late 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in early 2015. Pricing is estimated at around $150,000.
Spyker’s new B6 Venator Concept signals the start of a new era -- a period in which the carmaker is being led by a strong management team aiming to post a dramatic hike in production.
Last year Spyker expanded its global leadership with the appointment of John Walton as Chief Commercial Officer. Together, Muller and Walton are leading a passionate team that is supremely dedicated to creating unique and beautiful high- performance sports luxury cars.
Since the brand was reborn in 2000, Spyker has been staying true to its motto -- "for the tenacious no road is impassable." In the process, the company has been making bold moves just to make sure that Spyker will remain a viable, no-compromise brand. One of these was to launch an IPO, thereby ensuring that there will be funds to finance development and growth.
Following a few bleak years and after finding new partners, Spyker saw momentum moving in its favor, especially in terms of financial standing. In fact, the recent shareholder debt-to-equity and the issuance of EUR10 million worth of shares to Youngman has allowed the carmaker to make a profit of EUR125 million in 2012. The positive result of these actions is now seen with the unveiling of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept.