A year after Spyker Ltd. unveiled the Spyker C8 Preliator fighter jet-inspired sports car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, it is now unveiling the roadster version of the radical vehicle at the 2017 edition of the event in Switzerland.
After teasing us with the shadowy silhouette of the new Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder, Spyker is getting ready to prove that open-air drive and ride is as enjoyable as it is thrilling. Just like the Spyker C8 Preliator sports coupe, the C8 Preliator Spyder pays tribute to the company aviation heritage, highlighting aircraft air intakes called NACA ducts.
Part of Spyker’s third-generation of sports cars, the Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder features a NACA duct to reduce drag and even installed small ailerons to the front splitter and side skirts for redirecting the flow of air. The signature V-shaped grille with honeycomb mesh still remains although the sports car’s glass canopy is now gone and is now replaced by an automatic soft top.
Spyker’s use of a new engine from another source comes as the sports car maker (represented by founder and chief executive Victor Muller) inked an Engine Supply Agreement with Koenigsegg Automotive AB (represented by founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg) during a press conference at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This means that both Spyker C8 Preliator coupe and open-top versions will have a specifically developed V8 engine from Koenigsegg.
Aside from the soft top and the corresponding tweaks and modifications, we expect the roadster version to be basically the same as the sports coupe in terms of specs, parts and components.
The moniker of the sports coupe and the roadster is a Latin term that means "fighter" and “Fighters” are warplanes that Spyker built between 1914 and 1918. In addition, "Preliator" has come to symbolize the challenges that Spyker had overcome in the past few years. Spyker is planning to produce just 100 examples of the C8 Preliator Spyder, with each having a starting price of $429,000.