Recent reports indicate that Spyker CEO Victor Muller sent a letter to potential customers confirming that Spyker is indeed collaborating with Lotus.
According Autoweek.nl, the upcoming B6 Venator will use a Lotus-built engine that it will build from a Toyota-sourced engine block. Although nothing has been made official, rumors seem to point to a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that’s currently sitting under the hood of the Exige S . In the event that the B6 Venator will carry that powertrain, expect the output to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
In yet another surprising reveal from Muller, it appears that Spyker will also commemorate the impending launch of the B6 Venator with its own "Launch Edition" model, comprising of 100 models that will be given to the first 100 customers of the model. A host of special edition features will be added to the B6 Venator Launch Edition, including a Chronoswiss clock and a watch engraved with the car’s production number.
Spyker is expected to begin production of the B6 Venator in November 2014 but as early as now, the company is already accepting pre-orders for a €20,000 ($27,170) deposit.
Of course, for those wondering about the tie-up between these two fledgling companies, more details are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Objectively, a Spyker with a Camry engine is not the most appealing idea. Nor is the idea of putting down a deposit on a vehicle that has not yet had any engine testing or fitting trials.
Click past the jump to read about the Spyker B6 Venator.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , Spyker announced its global resurgence with the unveiling of the B6 Venator - a concept car that previews a future Porsche 911 competitor set to be unveiled in early 2014. The concept we saw in Switzerland was shown only as a coupe, but it looks like a roadster version will also be offered.
The announcement was made by Spyker in an official document revealing the company’s financial situation. Talking about the new B6 Venator, Spyker said: "The response has been very positive and we are confident that we will be able to build a strong order book for the B6 Venator. We intend to launch the Spyder (open) version of the B6 Venator later this year."
We expect the Spyder version to look nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course its soft top.
Updated 08/08/2013: Today, Spyker dropped the first teaser image and the confirmation that the B6 Venator Spyder will make its world debut on August 16th, 2013 at Pebble Beach.
Updated 8/16/2013: Spyker unveiled the B5 Venator Spyder Concept today at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. You can see all the details after the jump.
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Spyker announced that its new B6 Venator Concept , which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, is just the first step the company has made into its global resurgence. The company has plans to unveil a concept crossover model next year, with a production version to arrive later in 2016.
The new crossover will be based on the D8 Paris-to-Peking crossover , which was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, but it will be less extravagant, while still retaining Spyker’s reputation for exclusivity.
The same Spyker officials also confirmed that a production version of the B6 Venator Concept will be put on sale on the U.S. market in the spring of 2014 at a price somewhere from $125,000 to $150,000.
Once these changes are made, the company’s lineup will include three different models: the current C8 Aileron, the upcoming B6 Venator and the upcoming crossover. Once all three models are put on sale, the company hopes to sell around 2,500 units a year - up from the current 350 units.
A few weeks ago it was rumored that Spyker would unveil a Porsche 911 competitor at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Now, it really happened, as Spyker is celebrating its global resurgence with the unveiling of the B6 Venator - a concept car that will go into production in early 2014 in markets like Europe or Asia, and will arrive in the U.S. in the autumn of 2014.
The new B6 Venator Concept will feature design elements we usually see in all Spyker models, like the V-shaped radiator grille, the aerodynamically shaped glass aircraft canopy and the 3D LED rear lights. The concept will be offered with 19-inch TurbofanTM wheels featuring a mirror-like finish.
On the interior, it combines the finest materials out there, like the Litano leather produced by Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde. The concept’s cockpit has been inspired by an airplane and this is evident by the dashboard that lights up as part of the "pre-flight check."
Under the hood, Spyker installed a V-6 engine that delivers about 375 horsepower and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
We’ll bring you more information, as Spyker releases it.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Spyker chief, Victor Muller, let some information on the hotly anticipated B6 Concept slip out. According to the report, the car’s full name is the B6 Venator, which means “hunter” in Latin, and it will not quite be the monstrous 911 killer that we all thought – it does have the potential to be, though.
The report indicates that under the hood, this B6 Venator will carry a mid-mounted V-6 engine with about 375 horsepower and the engine will mate to a six-speed automatic transmission. This near-400-pony engine will sit in a sleek-bodied car with a Lotus Evora S-like appearance that features a carbon-fiber body and an aluminum frame, allowing it to weigh in at a svelte 3,080 pounds. This will give it a stout weight-to-power ratio of 8.21 pounds per horsepower. This gives it a slight advantage over the 2013 911 Carrera , which comes in at 8.64 pounds per horsepower. That’s all well and good, but we all know that pounds per horsepower aren’t all that matters in this crazy automotive game.
Also according to the report, the B6 will come in at €125,000 to €150,000 (roughly $163,000 to $195,000 at the current exchange rates) and it will have a production limited to a few hundred models. Also released was the above image, which was not confirmed as the B6, but certainly looks like the description Muller gave the WSJ.
Keep in mind, that this is all a report from a non-automotive publication, so there could have been some misinterpretations. We’ll find out for sure at the Geneva show.