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.
The interior includes the finest materials, such as leather sourced from the Litano range produced by the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde. The dashboard has an impressive aluminum fascia, similar to those seen on the 1920s Spykers.
Spyker B6 Venator Concept uses a 375+ bhp V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Power is delivered to the rear wheels. According to the official press release, 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.
‘Nulla tenaci invia est via’. ‘For the tenacious, no road is impassable’.
Tenacity. No other word is more apt to describe the Spyker B6 Venator Concept. The Spyker company has been through the depths, but like the phoenix, it has risen with its rebirth in 2000 to spread its wings as it seeks to regain its place among the automotive elites.
Victor R. Muller, Chief Executive Office, and John Walton, Chief Commercial Officer, are the fine gentlemen who have made it their mission to reintroduce and rebuild the company and the brand. With a mentality of developing a brand that is viable and leaves no room for compromises, Muller and Walton look towards the Spyker B6 Venator Concept as the vehicle to jumpstart the increase in production of its cars.
After becoming a publicly listed company in 2004, Spyker N.V. has been able to secure the funds that allowed the company to delve in product development geared towards spurring its growth. And grow it did, as all its shareholder debt was converted to equity. The infusion of €10M share issues to Youngman has further solidified Spyker’s financial standing. All these massive efforts reached its desired results in 2012 when Spyker N.V. was able to amass a profit of €125M. These impressive numbers registered in a short window was proof that Spyker has come alive and is here to stay and will be a force to be reckoned with in the market.
B6 Venator Concept is both a symbolic and tangible signal of the Spyker’s climb back to automotive prominence. The company has gone back to a basic principle in business: listening and responding to the needs and desires of its clients and customers. The call out was for more affordable cars that could be driven on a daily basis.
Spyker B6 Venator Concept, selling at $125,000/$150,000, is the company’s response to this clamor and market need. But the accessible price point belies the careful work that went with producing the Venator. It does not compromise on quality, as it offers all the luxuries one would expect from an exquisitely hand-crafted sports car. The people behind the Spyker B6 Venator Concept are confident this car would lead the company to greater heights in the future by showcasing a car that answers the needs of customers in the present.