Spyker B6 Venator Concept Debuting at Geneva

Spyker is pulling the wraps off its B6 Venator concept at the Geneva Motor Show, and The Wall Street Journal has a report that gives us an idea of what to expect. Though the Dutch automaker calls it a concept, the new Spyker is set to take on the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, carrying a price tag of about $150,000.

Named for the Latin word for “hunter,” the new Spyker B6 Venator couldn’t be mistaken for anything but a Spyker. Up front, the B6 Venator sports new LED accents, Spyker’s signature V-mesh grille, and “Spyker” written in a similar script that graced the company’s 1903 60 HP race car.

The Venator pays tribute to Spyker’s aircraft manufacturer heritage with an airplane-inspired interior. The aluminum and leather interior features the automaker’s signature exposed gear change mechanism, as well as an engine start button hidden under a red cover.

Powering the B6 Venator will be a mid-mounted V-6 that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 is said to make about 375 hp, though no other engine specs are available. Given Spyker’s history of using Audi-sourced powertrains, we suspect the Venator is powered by Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, which makes 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque in the S5. Spyker wouldn’t confirm whether the transmission was a traditional torque converter automatic or a dual-clutch transmission. Likewise, Spyker wouldn’t speak on the possibility of a six-speed manual ever being offered in the Venator.

The Spyker B6 Venator features a carbon fiber body that sits on an aluminum chassis. Given the lightweight materials and small dimensions, the report says the B6 will weigh less than 3080 pounds – which, coincidentally, is Porsche’s claimed curb weight for a base-model 2013 911 with the PDK automatic transmission.

Flush with cash thanks to a partnership with Chinese automaker Youngman Lotus, the B6 Venator will likely join the D8 Peking-to-Paris SUV as one of two new Spykers set to debut in 2014.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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