A Mechanical Beauty, the Spyker C8 Preliator
Dutch automaker Spyker has a relatively short, but nonetheless curious past. The company was founded in 1999 and built supercars with meticulously detail and intricate interiors rivaling that of Pagani. Spyker was never as successful as Pagani, but when GM announced that it would sell Saab in 2009, the company bought the nameplate and intended to reclaim the brand's former glory.
Saab though, immediately started hemorrhaging money and Spyker was forced into bankruptcy soon after the deal went through. Yet, Spyker declared that it would return, and return to its supercar roots in the future. Fast forward to today, as Spyker debuted at the Geneva auto show its newest supercar, the C8 Preliator.
The Preliator, which means "warrior" in Latin, is an evolution of the company's C8 platform. As with previous C8 iterations, Spyker went with a modified Audi-sourced engine to power the Preliator. The supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 engine has been tuned to produce 525 hp, which is sent through a ZF-sourced six-speed automatic gearbox with shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. Additionally, like Pagani, the Preliator "retains Spyker's trademark exposed gear change mechanism," further giving the driver a sense of spectacle.
According to the company, the Spyker C8 Preliator uses the same all-aluminum chassis from the previous C8, but the roll bars and side-impact structures have been redesigned to improve both the car's safety and increase its torsional rigidity for higher cornering performance. Furthermore, the exterior of the car has been slightly widened and stretched to increase driving comfort and stability at high speeds. These revisions also included redesigning the Preliator's canopy, adding NACA ducts, and altering its front splitter to better channel airflow.
At the car's launch in Geneva, Victor R. Muller, Spyker's Founder and CEO stated, "The greatest man in our industry, Enzo Ferrari, once said: 'What's behind you, doesn't matter.' What does matter is the fact that we have returned to Geneva today to unveil the worthy successor to the Spyker C8 Aileron."
Only 50 Spyker C8 Preliator units will be built, and pricing for the new supercar has yet to be disclosed. Nevertheless, if previous Spykers are any indication, the Preliator will likely cost around $220,000.