Spyker Venator Will Run Lotus-Tuned Toyota Engines
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.
Spyker has made no bones about what it has planned for the B6 Venator. This baby will be a future Porsche 911 competitor and as such, is being developed with the kind of attention-to-detail reserved for well-regarded sports cars.
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.
Based on the aforementioned reports, it looks like the Venator will be carrying a Lotus-sourced 2.5-liter V-6 engine that produces a stout 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Source: Autoweek NL