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.
Click past the jump to read more about the B6 Venator Concept.
On the outside, this sexy machine is 100-percent all Spyker, with its flowing, ridge-less bodylines, simple but sexy rounded front grille, and headlights with LED light rails that make the B6 look as it its flying pas while its standing still.
Down the sides, just aft of the front seats, Spyker installed a pair of air intakes to help keep that powerful engine nice and cool.
Out back, it is all Spyker again, as the quad 3D LED taillights deluminate to leave just black recesses that add some mystery to the backside. Under these taillights sit a pair of oval tailpipes that likely emit one of the most wonderful notes in he supercar realm. These tailpipes integrate into an aggressive-looking rear diffusor to give those behind you — which there will be plenty of — a great view.
On the outside you’ll also find the brand;’s Axiom “Nulla tenaci invia est via” printed on the leather-highlighted fairings.
|Overall length||4,347 mm (171.1 inches)|
|Width (ex mirrors)||1,882 mm (74.1 inches)|
|Wheelbase||2,500 mm (98.4 inches)|
|Curb weight||Under 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs.)|
Gallery Spyker B6 Venator Spyder
Once you enter the cabin, you’ll feel right at home, as it is compact but comfy and luxurious but tastefully done. The full-leather interior is from the Litano range and features diamond quilting on the seats and kick panels.
the interior harkens back to the airplanes of yesteryear, specifically the retro-styled gear selector, which is a love-it-or-hate-it design. Also inspired by planes of the ages is the B6 Spyder’s center stack, which is a textured metal — likely aluminum — with switches and gauges that look just like what you would find on a classic plane.
Spyker did not outline the standard interior features, but the images show us what looks to be an 80inch LCD touchscreen.
the cabin is capped off with a leather-wrapped, perforated steering wheel with a flat bottom aluminum posts and some of the most stunning turn signal levers ever.
The B6 Venator features the usual Spyker design language, with a V-shaped radiator grille, aerodynamically shaped glass aircraft canopy and the 3D LED rear lights. The interior offers innovative features, like the Litano leather produced by Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde, but we do not expect to see this in the production version.
The B6 Venator is powered by a V-6 engine that delivers a total of 375 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Gallery Spyker B6 Venator Concept
The new-generation Carrera 4 was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and it is now on sale at a price of $102,930 (for the convertible version).
The base version is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 horsepower, but customers can also opt for the 4S version which gets a 400-horsepower 3.8-liter flat-six. The base version can hit a top speed of 177 mph, while the 4S version goes up to 183 mph.
Gallery Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S
When it comes to sport roadsters, the new F-Type is definitely our favorite model. It looks amazing, it comes with three engine choices and it is priced from only $69,000.
The base F-Type is powered by a supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 340 horsepower, while the S version’s output is increased to 380 horsepower – about the same as the B6 Venator. For those with more money, Jaguar also offers a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 495 horsepower.
Gallery Jaguar F-Type Roadster
SPYKER UNVEILS B6 VENATOR SPYDER CONCEPT
Spyker N.V. (“Spyker”) today revealed the Spyder version of its new exotic sports car, the Spyker B6 Venator, at a press conference in Pebble Beach, California.
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA | AUGUST 16, 2013
DETAILS Just five months after unveiling the B6 Venator Coupe Concept to rave reviews at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show, Spyker – creator of meticulously hand built automobiles whose beauty is equaled only by their unrivaled craftsmanship – made waves on the other side of the Atlantic. Today the brand introduced the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept, a unique alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector, via a press conference at The Quail Motorsports Gathering in Pebble Beach, California. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept is the eagerly awaited convertible execution of Spyker’s 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. Chief Executive Officer Victor R. Muller chose The Quail as the site for the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept’s worldwide premiere because, “It is the car’s natural habitat. Car enthusiasts from around the globe descend upon exquisitely beautiful Pebble Beach for the Concours d’Elegance weekend, and The Quail Motorsports Gathering is the most exclusive event of all.” Designed by Muller, the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept incorporates vintage cues of the brand’s aviation past, highly detailed design and bespoke materials into a defiantly contemporary statement that could only come from Spyker. The company’s Latin axiom “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – “For the tenacious no road is impassable” – is tastefully featured on the exterior. The name “Venator” is Latin for “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 headlights, equipped with LED light rails, give the car an aggressive stance.
- 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 polish finish.
- The brand’s axiom “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – which translates to “For the tenacious no road is impassable” – is shown on the fairings.
Interior highlights include:
- Interior surroundings crafted from the finest materials are unusually open and airy for a sports car, akin to an aeroplane cockpit. The leather is sourced from the Litano range produced by the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands. Hulshof uses only West European first choice bull hides and a special tanning process that produces the beautifully rich colour palette.
- 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 1920s.
- 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
- Max power: 375+ bhp
- Drivetrain type: RWD
- Transmission: 6-spd automatic
- Overall length: 4347 mm
- Width (ex mirrors): 1882 mm
- Wheelbase: 2500 mm
- Kerb weight: under 1400 kg
The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept will begin production in late 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in early 2015. The introduction of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR Concept at Geneva earlier this year marked 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.
The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept represents the next key step on that path, which is being spearheaded by Muller and his Chief Commercial Officer John Walton. Together, Muller and Walton are leading a passionate team that is supremely dedicated to creating unique and beautiful high-performance sports luxury cars.
According to Walton, “Reaction to the coupe version in Geneva was so overwhelmingly positive that we accelerated our initial plan to deliver the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept. This is an exquisite drop-top that begs to be driven on the Pacific Coast Highway – yet will provide more exclusivity than any other sports car it will pass on the road.” The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept will provide the authentic Spyker experience – hand-crafted rarity that is as visceral to view as it is to drive – at a more accessible price point of approximately $150,000. “The SPYKER B6 VENATOR COUPE and SPYDER Concepts are the immediate future of Spyker,” said Muller.