€495,000 (about $684,103)
lbs per hp
(from Spyker Cars
Press Release) SPYKER C12 ZAGATO UNVEILED AT 77TH GENEVA
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Geneva, Switzerland, 6 March 2007 Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker
Cars, and Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato, today unveiled the Spyker
C12 Zagato at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show. Norihiko
Harada, Zagatos Automotive Chief Designer, and Muller co-operated
closely to design this limited edition of 24 sports cars to be
delivered from March 2008 onwards. The world premiere of this
ultra-exclusive version of the C12 range celebrates Spykers entry
into the world of Formula One and marks the first integration of
design elements and styling cues from the Spyker F8-VII Formula One
car into the Spyker road car range. This point was underlined by the
unveiling of the car being performed by Spykers Formula One race
driver, Adrian Sutil.
Partnership Spyker and Zagato
Victor Muller comments:
At the age of 18 I acquired my first Zagato bodied car: a Lancia
Flavia Zagato rally car in dire need of restoration. Ever since that
date, some 30 years ago, I have been in love with the unique and
distinctive designs penned by this noble design house. Many Zagato
bodied cars have followed the Lancia Flavia and I am proud to still
have a number of Zagatos in my collection.
The co-operation and partnership between Spyker and Zagato is
entirely logical if one looks at the rich heritage both companies
share in the fields of aviation and racing. A better fit of
aesthetics, skill and passion would be hard to find.
Two brothers, Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker, coach builders in
Amsterdam, built their first Benzengined motor car in 1898 and won
immediate acclaim for the supreme craftsmanship of their bodywork.
In the period prior to World War I, a worldwide slump in the luxury
car market meant that Spyker had to diversify its production, and so
it merged with the Dutch Aircraft Factory N.V. This combined company
evolved its business model and started developing and building
aircraft. After the war Spyker was able to return to its roots and
resumed car production in 1919. True to its motto Nulla tenaci
invia est via (For the tenacious no road is impassable), Spyker
continued building record-breaking cars which now featured extensive
aircraft influences, including sophisticated aerodynamics absorbed
from the aircraft building years.
Similarly, Zagato was established at the end of World War I by Ugo
Zagato, putting aircraft industry construction techniques to use in
the expanding market for passenger vehicles. Just like the Spyker
cars, Zagatos cars were advanced in design and became synonymous
with light weight and excellent aerodynamics.
Spyker C12 Zagato: the rationale
Victor Muller continues: Andrea and myself have known each other
for many years and met at events such as Pebble Beach Concours
dElegance and Villa dEste Concorso dEleganza on numerous
occasions. Last April, at Villa dEste, we sat down and discussed
the increasing market demand for truly one-off and limited edition
super sport cars. In a certain sense the modern market is not unlike
the 1930s, where wealthy customers would order exotic bespoke
designs from high-end coach builders on Rolls-Royce, Bentley,
Delage, Delahaye and Isotta-Fraschini chassis, just to mention a
Zagato established its name by designing exquisite cars for
Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari in particular, but it is probably the
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato that best represents the artistic expertise
of what they do. Andrea and I agreed to meet each other in Arese and
to define what a Spyker Zagato would have to embody. In view of
market demand, it was decided to use Spykers flagship chassis, the
C12, as a basis -its space-frame being exceptionally suitable for
crafting a bespoke body onto.
After the initial design meeting in July 2006, it became apparent
that Spyker would succeed in acquiring the Midland Formula 1 team
and design activities were suspended until early October when that
transaction had been consummated. With the F1 team part of the
Spyker Group it was decided that the C12 Zagato should embody as
many of the Formula 1 design cues as practically possible so as to
set a new design vision for future Spyker road car models.
In the months following, Spyker and Zagato finalized the design and
the manufacturing of the C12 Zagato was entrusted to Spykers long
time fabrication partner, Coventry Prototype Panels in Coventry, UK.
Under the guidance of Brendan OToole, CPPs Managing Director, and
tienne Beijersbergen van Henegouwen, Spykers Project Manager, the
vehicle was built by a dedicated Spyker and CPP crew from aluminium
in an amazing 4 weeks.
Spyker C12 Zagato: the vehicle
The Spyker C12 Zagato is an all aluminium rear wheel drive sports
car, based on the Spyker C12 Spyder. The C12 is powered by the 6.0
liter, 12 cylinder, 500 bhp W12 engine from Volkswagen AG and
accelerates from 0-100 km (0-60 mph) in 3.8 seconds. The Spyker C12
Zagato is equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic gear box
with F1 style shifting, Chronoswiss instruments and a Zagato
designed full leather interior with brushed aluminium instrument
panel. The C12 Zagato has an aluminium body with stainless steel
roof rails and has many F1 derived design details such as an F1
nose, air scoop, chimneys, mirrors, rain light, fuel flap and
diffuser. It has a panoramic roof that features the Double Bubble, a
typical Zagato style element. The Spyker C12 Zagato has a length of
4.5 m, a width of 2.02 m excluding mirrors, a height of 1.25 m and
weighs 1480 kg. The fuel tank capacity is 70 litres (15.4 gallons).
Top speed is 310 km/h (193 mph).
The Spyker and Zagato Atelier brands perfectly align because of
their common aeronautical origins and because of the shared passion
of Victor Muller and myself for sports cars states Andrea Zagato.
Nevertheless Victor, before starting this extraordinary adventure
with Spyker, was a Zagato collector owning cars like the Flaminia SS
and TZ. Together with our neo-classical approach, this Spyker C12
Zagato shows the capabilities of Zagato Atelier for innovative and
non conventional solutions.
Norihiko Harada, designer of the new Spyker C12 Zagato, adds:
All Spyker cars have their own very unique style: the aeronautical
retrospective style co-exists with craftsmanship and elegance. The
new Zagato body becomes even more unique, aggressive and sensual at
the same time. It features a new double bubble panoramic roof , F1
influenced nose and air intakes, chimney and a coda tronca, the
typical Zagato cut off tail end.
Maintaining Spykers styling philosophy, Zagato design put all these
elements together and created an extremely stimulating example of
contemporary exotic high performance sports car by using typical
modern Zagato lines which started from the Raptor Zagato in 1996.
The Spyker C12 Zagato will retail for EUR 495,000 (excluding any
taxes, ex factory).