Spyker takes wraps off B6 Venator Concept at 2013 Geneva Motor Show
Dutch automaker Spyker unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, their B6 Venator Concept, a two-door, two-seater sports car.
The name Venator is Latin for Hunter and it is a nod back to Spyker’s Hunter fighter aircraft of the early 20th century, and the coupe marks the beginning of the brand's revival designed by the company's CEO Victor Muller.
This mid-engine, hand-crafted coupe will be priced between $125,000 and $150,000, and features a 375-horsepower V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox, but sports an all-aluminum chassis that is covered in full carbon fiber, and the concept weighs in at less than 3,100 pounds.
The B6 Venator pays very close homage to its aviation past with inspired elements, like its aerodynamically shaped wraparound canopy, the red cover on the ignition switch that evokes the spirit of starting an airplane or like the gear change mechanism that is inspired by early aircraft while the dashboard with a turned aluminum fascia, is similar to those seen on Spykers of the 1920s.
The radiator’s mesh grille features trademark Spyker design with its unique V-shape, while the 1903 Spyker logo reflects back to the Spyker-built racers such as the 60HP.
Other features includes 3D LED rear lights that resemble the nozzle of a fighter jet, while the brake light has been sculpted into the rear panel for a smooth, flowing finish, and the car sports 19-inch wheels Turbofan™ wheels.
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."
The Spyker B6 Venator will begin production in early 2014 and will be available in key markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, while the U.S. will see it in the Fall of 2014.