(from Spyker Press
Release) SPYKER UNVEILS NEW B6 VENATOR CONCEPT
Spyker N.V. (“Spyker”) today revealed a new exotic compact, 2-door,
mid-engine sports car at a press conference in Geneva.
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.
Exterior highlights include:
• 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
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
• 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
• 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.
• All carbon fibre
• 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
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 83rd 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.”