Spyker takes wraps off C8 Preliator Spyder with new V8 engine from Koenigsegg

Article by Christian A., on March 10, 2017

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.


Serving as the core of the Spyker C8 Preliator coupe is an improved supercharged Audi 4.2 liter V8 engine that could deliver up to 525 bhp and is mated to either a standard six-speed Getrag manual transmission or an optional ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox.

However, Spyker has already stopped sourcing powerplants from Audi, and is now employing a Koenigsegg V8 engine to act as the propulsion agent for its newest offering. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this Koenigsegg powerplant – a normally aspirated dry-sump 5.0-liter V8 engine – is tuned to deliver 600 hp of max output and 600 Nm (433 kW) of peak torque.

This power level is enough to send the C8 Preliator Spyder from nil to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.6 seconds, on the way to reaching a top speed of 201 mph (322 km/h).

Press Release


Spyker Ltd. (“Spyker”) today announced its most significant technological advancement since the inception of the Dutch creator of meticulously hand-built sportscars in 2000. Spyker Founder and CEO Victor R. Muller announced that Spyker has signed an Engine Supply Agreement with Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder and CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive AB (“Koenigsegg”) from Angelholm, Sweden, during a press conference at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. Both the Spyker C8 Preliator as well as its Spyder version, which was unveiled at the press conference, will be propelled by the new Koenigsegg engine.

The normally-aspirated, Koenigsegg dry-sump 5-litre V8 engine boasts 600 hp and 600 NM of torque. Koenigsegg has developed this engine specifically to meet Spyker’s needs and the Koenigsegg V8 will be installed in every Spyker C8 Preliator, both the Coupe, which was launched in March 2016, and the new Spyder unveiled today, and replace the Audi V8 powertrain as from car one. The Koenigsegg engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The announcement was made on the occasion of the global debut of the Spyder version of Spyker’s C8 Preliator, launched here in Geneva exactly a year ago. Spyker translated its timeless aviation inspired design to the ultimate convertible, culminating in the Preliator Spyder. The design reflects the progress made with the Preliator from concept towards a production car. The Spyder, in Ascot Bronze, on display at the Geneva International Motor Show features an automatic soft top and a saddle Litano leather interior with honeycomb contrasted stitching.

Spyker’s production of the C8 Preliator Spyder will be limited to 100 units only.

Preliator owners may now operate their favourite music apps, including Spotify and Apple Music, with simple, memorable hand gestures via the integrated controlled Head-Up Display. The system brings entirely new mobile- and digital experiences to Spyker C8 Preliator owners.

Victor R. Muller, Spyker’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said on the occasion: "This is our single most important advancement in technology since I founded Spyker in 2000. I have always admired the amazing technologies developed by Christian von Koenigsegg and his dedicated team creating one of the most sophisticated cars and engines on the planet, and I am convinced our Spyker C8 Preliator clients will tremendously enjoy the huge performance leap.

The 600 horsepower V8 engine with manual gearbox, ticks all the boxes of the Spyker brand; it's Bold, Pure, and Engaging but foremost hyper-exclusive hence a perfect match to the Spyker C8 Preliator coupe as well as the Spyder we unveil this morning. In fact, this is the only 600 horsepower series produced sports car available with a manual gearbox on the market today. Although our peers believe the manual is virtually dead, and many have vowed we would never see them again, our discerning clients have clearly spoken out in favour of the manual: the Koenigsegg powered Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder will provide an engaging purist driving experience second to none tantalising all senses. The howling sound of this normally aspirated engine will be unmistakable and thrilling.

The “Preliator” name, which means "fighter" or “warrior” in Latin, pays tribute to Spyker aviation heritage: "Fighters" are warplanes as made by Spyker between 1914 and 1918. But even more so, “Preliator” symbolises the battles Spyker faced and won in the past.The Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder, of which we will make a mere 100 units and production will start by summer 2018, is made for discerning owners who appreciate our attention to detail and the bespoke features we have offered them for over a decade and a half now. Our dedicated crew will assemble the cars in Coventry, UK, together with CPP Metalcraft, our very first partner since we started Spyker back in 2000, as of the last quarter of this year. All Preliators will feature carbon fibre bodies.

When I designed the Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder I wanted it to ooze the sheer tenacity and determination with which we created a new dawn for our company and by launching it here today we pay homage to the Latin axiom which has adorned the Spyker propellor logo since 1914 “Nulla tenacia invia est via” - for the tenacious no road is impassable”.

Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer: “I have known Victor and Spyker for way over a decade, and we obviously share the passion for handcrafted and bespoke automobiles. I have always admired Spyker’s tenacity and their commitment to building one-of-a-kind cars that stay true to a well-honed ethos and always been impressed by their amazing craftsmanship and beauty. The attention to detail is amazing. Spyker cars have always been bespoke in every aspect apart from their drivetrain. Therefore it gives us great pleasure to work with Spyker to design and produce an engine specifically for them that will suit the handcrafted, luxurious and high-performance nature of all Spyker cars. In terms of performance the introduction of our light, responsive and powerful engine will transform the driving experience of the Preliator.”

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