Spyker’s Electric SUV Set For November 2016 Debut
The reinvention of Spyker under the guidance of the American electric aircraft startup Volta Volaré is beginning to take shape after the Swedish automaker announced plans to begin offering a slate of new models beginning in 2017. One of the first models to be unveiled is an updated version of the D12 Peking-to-Paris SUV and while the model will come with a standard V-12 engine, the big news is that it will also feature an electric powertrain as an option.
The full spec of details surrounding the electric SUV have yet to be announced, but according to Volta Volaré CEO Paul Peterson, the electric motor itself will be developed by the American firm with the goal of keeping at just 32 pounds while still packing enough punch to produce as much as 680 pound-feet of torque. That kind of output would fit right in with the standard V-12-powered version and create a clean structure within the model’s range.
Spyker has penciled in the SUV’s debut for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this coming November. The objective is to have it make its debut within the year to prepare it for sale in 2017. Once the SUV is released, the Swedish brand plans to surround it with performance models like the B6 Venator, C8 Preliator, and the flagship C12 supercar. Each of these models will also feature an electric variant to give Spyker a full lineup of electric cars.
In addition to Spyker’s reinvention, the automaker’s partnership with Volta Volaré will also give rise to SpykerAero, Spyker’s sister company that will be tasked to build aircraft that will utilize extended-range electric powertrains. In a roundabout way, this new setup essentially brings Spyker back to its roots when it first started as a company that sold both cars and aircraft.
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Why it matters
There once was a time when a lot of people had given up home in Spyker. Mired in bankruptcy, the Swedish automaker was seriously close to folding up shop before receiving a lifeline in the form of Volta Volaré. While the company is still miles away from becoming stable, all signs seem to point to Spyker finally having the kind of stability it sorely lacked in its previous incarnation.
Like everybody else, I hope that Spyker’s reinvention pushes through and the brand is restored back to health. I’m under no illusions that it’s going to happen overnight, but with a company like Volta Volaré in the fold, it’s got enough help to take advantage of the opportunities that have opened up because of it. The fact that Volta Volaré plies its trade in electric technology is a great way for Spyker to get back in the game, especially now that EVs have become the rage in the auto industry.
But as I said, I’m not counting my chickens before those eggs hatch. Spyker still has a long way to go before it can stand on its own two feet. But whereas all semblance of hope was lost before Volta Volaré jumped in, the Swedish brand now has a chance to make things right again, beginning with the proposed SUV and the plan to release an entire lineup of electric vehicles.
Balls in your court, Spyker. Don’t turn it over again.
Read our full review on the Spyker C8 Preliator here.