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.
The V-6 can deliver 375 hp but none of the other engine specs are known. Considering that Spyker has been using Audi-sourced powertrains, it’s likely that the Venator is powered by Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, which has an output of 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque in the S5.
Spyker declined to say if the transmission was a traditional torque converter automatic or a dual-clutch transmission. It also didn’t confirm the chances of a six-speed manual ever being available in the Venator.
Spyker B6 Venator has a carbon fiber body that is built on an aluminum chassis. The B6’s weight is lower than 3080 pounds due to the use of light materials and compact dimensions. This weight is actually identical to what Porsche is claiming for its base-model 2013 911 with the PDK automatic transmission.
The unveiling of the new Spyker B6 Venator Concept heralds a new era for the Spyker brand where production is expected to increase dramatically. This should be made possible by the fact that Spyker now boasts of a stronger management team, with John Walton joining its global ranks as Chief Commercial Officer. Walton is collaborating with Muller to lead a global team of passionate people working to create not just high-performing but also uniquely beautiful sports luxury cars.
Following the brand’s renaissance in 2000, Spyker has managed to follow its motto – “Nulla tenaci invia est via” (for the tenacious no road is impassable) -- to the fullest by taking actions ensuring that it could remain as a viable, no-compromise brand. By going public in 2004, Spyker was able to get enough funds to finance both product development and growth. Although the company posted bleak results in some years, it was able to find new partners that fueled its momentum in the right direction.
Now, the Spyker N.V. is financially strong, following the debt-to-equity conversion of all shareholders as well as after €100million share issue to Youngman. Thanks to these, Spyker posted €125 million in profit in 2012, thereby carrying on the momentum of the brand’s global resurgence as evidenced by the launch of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept.
Spyker chef executive Victor R. Muller remarked that while it can’t be that Spyker went through a rough period in recent years, it was able to live with its motto. He added that dealers and prospective customers have been asking the carmaker to create a more affordable car suitable for everyday use.