Spyker B6 Venator Concept revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 2, 2013

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.

Furthermore, the Spyker B6 Venator Concept has an italicized script logo on the front grille, which is in fact a reproduction of the company’s 1903 logo.

The new Spyker B6 Venator will be priced between €125,000 and €150,000 and Muller anticipates production numbers "in the hundreds." Explaining the name of the new concept, Muller said that the Venator is Latin for hunter. According to the Spyker CEO, in the World War I, the fighter planes were name hunters. For those who don’t know, Spyker used to built strut-and-canvas warplanes and grand touring cars.

Spyker B6 Venator is a concept car that begins production in early 2014 for markets in Europe, Asia Pacific, India, and the Middle East, followed by the United States in autumn 2014.

B6 Venator Concept was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2013, alongside Spyker's C8 Aileron, which was unveiled first in 2009. The Spyker C8 Aileron's design represented yet another significant step in Spyker's evolution, shifting from the propeller- to the turbine-inspired design.

Meanwhile, the introduction of the B6 Venator Concept signals the start of a new age for the brand, one that's going to include a relevant rise in production, which is led by an even stronger management team.

Last year, the Dutch auto company expanded its global leadership through the appointment of new Chief Commercial Officer John Walton. Together, Walton and Spyker CEO Victor Muller lead a passionate team that's highly dedicated to creating beautiful and unique high-performance luxury sports cars.

Since the rebirth of the brand in 2000, Spyker has lived its motto "no road is impassable for the tenacious," making powerful moves to make sure that it will continue being a viable and no-compromise brand. In 2004, Spyker was taken public to fund product growth and development. After a few years of bleakness and newfound partnerships, the company has gained momentum and is now moving in the right direction.

Press Release

Spyker B6 Venator Concept

2013 marks the global resurgence of Spyker as a creator of meticulously built automobiles whose beauty is equaled by their unrivaled craftsmanship. The brand's revival is heralded by the introduction of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept, a unique alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. The Spyker B6 Venator Concept is a compact, 2-door mid-engine sports car that will offer the discerning driver of the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, performance and exclusivity.

Designed by Victor R. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of Spyker N.V., the Spyker B6 Venator Concept makes a defiantly contemporary statement whilst paying homage to its past, making it instantly recognizable as a Spyker. Highly detailed design, bespoke materials and aviation-inspired elements are a core part of the Spyker DNA. With the announcement of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept, the company once again proves its Latin axiom: "Nulla tenaci invia est via" - "For the tenacious no road is impassable." The name "Venator" is Latin as well, meaning "Hunter" - a nod back to Spyker's "Hunter" fighter aircraft of the early 20th century.

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.

The Spyker B6 Venator Concept is being shown for the first time at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show alongside the Spyker C8 Aileron that was first introduced at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show. The design of the Spyker C8 Aileron represented another significant step in the evolution of Spyker, shifting from propeller to turbine inspired design.

The introduction of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept marks the beginning of a new era for the brand, one that will include a significant increase in production led by a management team that has never been stronger. 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's rebirth in 2000, the company has lived its motto - "for the tenacious no road is impassable" - making bold moves to ensure that Spyker will continue to be a viable, no-compromise brand. The company was taken public in 2004 in order to fund product development and growth. After a few bleak years and newfound partnerships, the momentum is all in the right direction. The financial standing of Spyker N.V. is strong, thanks to the recent conversion of all shareholder debt into equity and a €10M share issue to Youngman. The result: in 2012, Spyker N.V. recorded a €125M profit, laying the foundation for brand's global resurgence that is signaled today by the introduction of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept.

Victor R. Muller, Spyker's CEO said, "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.' Our dealer body and prospective clients have been asking us to make a more affordable car for everyday use. The Spyker B6 Venator Concept is that car and more: it is the highlight of our hard work to create a viable future for our company. By offering an exquisite, hand-crafted, exclusive car at a more accessible price point of approximately $125,000 / $150,000, more of those discerning drivers who have aspired to own a Spyker will be able to achieve that dream. Spyker B6 Venator Concept represents our view of the future, the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our history."

Exterior highlights

The trademark radiator grille's mesh is V-shaped, referencing Spyker models of the previous century. The 1903 Spyker logo harkens back to an era when Spyker built racers such as the amazing 60HP.
The aerodynamically shaped glass aircraft canopy extends rearwards to minimize drag, optimizing performance.
The 3D LED rear lights are akin to the iris-type after burners of a jet engine from a modern fighter aircraft.
The brake light has been sculpted into the rear panel design to ensure smooth, flowing design lines.
Elegantly aggressive 19" TurbofanTM wheels are shown in mirror polish finish.
Interior highlights

Interior surroundings crafted from the finest materials are unusually open and airy for a sports car, the light and glass akin to an aeroplane cockpit. The leather is sourced from the Litano range produced by the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde. Hulshof uses only West European first choice bull hides and a special tanning process that produces the beautifully rich colour palette.
The red cover on the ignition switch 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.
Pressing the engine start button brings to life a powerful V6 engine that delivers 375+ bhp.
The trademark exposed gear change mechanism was inspired by early aircraft controls from Spyker's aviation heritage.
Technical Specifications

Body: All carbon fibre
Chassis: All aluminium platform
Engine mount position: rear-mid
Engine orientation: transverse mounted V6
Drivetrain type: RWD
Transmission: 6-spd automatic
Overall length: 4347 mm
Wheelbase: 2500 mm
Kerb weight: < 1400 kg

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