Revealed: Spyker B6 Venator Concept - Geneva 2013
Seeking to reinvigorate its corporate legacy as a builder of boutique sports cars after its ill-fated involvement with Saab, Dutch automaker Spyker revealed its latest creation in Geneva. The Spyker B6 Venator Concept is a two-passenger, mid-engine coupe the automaker intends to put into production as a less-pricey/higher-volume alternative to its current C8 Aileron model. While full tech details on the car were modest at this initial appearance, it does appear to have genuine potential.
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Slightly larger than a Porsche Cayman, the B6 Venator Concept is based on an aluminum monocoque wrapped in carbon fiber bodywork that displays a number of signature Spyker design cues. Reportedly tipping the scales at less than 3,100 pounds, it's fitted with 375-horsepower V6 engine that drives the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission, a combo that should give the car fairly impressive straight-line performance.
Inside, the cabin of the B6 Venator has a familiar look matching turned aluminum with supple leather and exposed shift linkage in a manner that mimics the appearance of a C8 Aileron. Overhead, the car features a full glass aircraft-style canopy that's been aero-optimized to reduce drag.
Although Spyker issued no firm date for production startup on a volume-build version of the C6 Venator, company CEO Victor Muller indicated that early 2014 is the target. When examples do start leaving the factory, Mueller envisions a pricetag between $125,000-$150,000.
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