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Confirmed: Spyker B6 Venator Spyder concept to soak in the sun at Pebble Beach

By Damon Lowney

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Spyker promised to unveil a convertible version of the B6 Venator this year, and, while we thought it would make its first appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, it’ll actually be showing up a bit earlier, at Pebble Beach next month, a source close to Spyker told Autoblog.

The mid-engine B6 Venator Spyder will be powered by the same 375-horsepower V6 as the coupe, which should be enough for quick, if not whip-snap, acceleration due to the car’s low weight. The coupe is expected to weigh in at around 3,100 pounds, so expect the convertible to weigh a bit more, accounting for the folding top mechanism and additional chassis bracing. But Spykers have always been about cruising in style, and the topless B6 should have it in spades.

If we had bet our bottom dollar on the Spyder’s unveiling, we’d be broke, but we didn’t, so look for more coverage on the newest Spyker in just a few weeks.

Spyker B6 Venator Spyder concept to soak in the sun at Pebble Beach originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rumormill: Is Spyker's new B6 Venator merely a reskinned Artega GT?

By Zach Bowman

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If you thought the recently unveiled Spyker B6 Venator held a few familiar lines, you aren’t alone. The keen-eyed crew at AutoBild noticed the new Swedish sportscar looks an awful lot like the new defunct Artega GT. The German manufacturer went bankrupt last year and may have sold off the GT platform to pay off its debts. Given the fact that the B6 Venator cropped up fairly quickly, critics assumed Spyker grabbed the machine’s platform from some outside source rather than build the car’s bones in house. Putting two and two together doesn’t take a sleuth, but Spyker is remaining tight-lipped about the situation.

Autoblog reached out to Spyker for a comment, but company spokesperson Ali Gogarty simply said, “I apologize that I can’t be more help, but at this time it is just too early to comment on any specific details beyond what is in our press release.”

That’s pretty far from an outright denial, but it’s also well short of a confirmation, too. The similarities between the B6 Venator and the Artega GT could be more than just skin deep, however. Both creations make use of a V6 engine mounted amidships, and while Spyker has yet to say where the six-cylinder engine in the B6 hails from, Artega used Volkswagen powerplants.

Is Spyker’s new B6 Venator merely a reskinned Artega GT? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Spyker C8 Aileron to come back with supercharged power?

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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The new B6 Venator wasn’t the only vehicle on display at the Spyker booth at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The company still has its C8 Aileron on offer, and Road & Track has word of a potential powerplant upgrade for the long-running machine.

Since its introduction in the year 2000, the C8 has used a 4.2-liter V8 engine sourced from Audi, which, in base form, offers up 400 horsepower. Though it’s a great powerpant, that’s simply not enough power in this day and age – after all, if a car is going to be called super, it needs to offer more ponies than something as mundane as the Ford Mustang GT.

According to R&T, John Walton, Chief Commercial Officer at Spyker, indicated that a new engine supplier may be in the works. “[The Audi-sourced V8] really hasn’t got enough bang for the buck. To be honest, every supercar needs to have something that begins with a ‘5’ today. That’s why we’re supercharging the car in the future, which will take it to over 500-hp,” said Walton.

Assuming Spyker doesn’t decide to supercharge Audi’s V8 itself, where will that supercharged engine come from? We have no idea, though with legal wrangling still in process it seems a bit unlikely to come from General Motors, although its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 would seemingly make an excellent choice.

On the other hand, if GM‘s engine is the best option available, Spyker could potentially buy complete supercharged crate engines directly from GM Performance Parts in either 556- (LSA) or 638-horsepower (LS9) iterations, and it probably doesn’t need explicit approval to do so. In any case, we’re just postulating. Only time will tell what, if any, new engine Spyker will bestow upon its C8 Aileron.

Spyker C8 Aileron to come back with supercharged power? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spyker B6 Venator Concept: Spyker is Back, and With a 911 Competitor [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Jens Meiners

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Victor Muller is tenacious. The Dutch industrialist resurrected sports-car maker Spyker in 2000, 75 years after it had gone under. Powered by an Audi V-8, the Spyder, Laviolette and Aileron models have formed the backbone of the company since then. In 2010 and 2011, he headed Saab, hoping to bring the Swedish carmaker back to profitability. That venture ultimately failed, and Muller currently prefers not to comment on the situation. Now he is back working the reins at Spyker with his usual high energy level, and he used the Geneva auto show to unveil the entirely new B6 Venator, an entry-level sports carat least as far as this brand is concerned. It’s still a concept, but is scheduled to go into production next year. READ MORE ››

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Spyker Unveils B6 Venator Concept In Geneva

By Kurt Ernst

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

If you’ve been wondering what happened to Dutch supercar builder Spyker, wonder no more: Saab’s former parent is back with a new concept car, the B6 Venator, launched this week in Geneva. Like the currently-available C8 Aileron and C8 Aileron Spyder, the B6 Venator (Latin for “hunter”), pays homage to Spyker’s aircraft roots, down to the engine-turned dash, vintage gauges, afterburned-styled taillights and “missile launcher” ignition switch.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

Outside, the B 6 doesn’t stray too far from familiar territory. The coupe’s lines are a bit more aggressive than we’ve seen from the brand in the past, but the radiator grill and greenhouse still carry a very familiar shape. While the C8 Aileron conveyed more luxury than sport in its appearance, the B6 seems to lean a bit more towards the sporting side in exterior design.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

Drivetrain layout is mid-engine, rear drive, and the Venator gets its power from a transverse-mounted V-6 engine, said to be good for “over” 375 horsepower. Don’t expect to see a manual gearbox if the Venator sees production, since the concept’s build sheet references a six-speed automatic transmission. Spyker hasn’t published any performance figures, but the B6’s curb weight of under 3,080 pounds should ensure spirited performance.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

We’re glad to see Spyker planning for the future, and we’ll even admit to favoring the B6’s retro-futuristic styling. Still, we’ve been down this concept road with Spyker a few times in the past, and it always seems to come to a dead end. The D12 (later the D8) Peking-To-Paris uber-SUV was shown as a concept in 2006, and has yet to reach production.

Spyker's B6 Venator concept - image: Spyker Cars

Spyker’s B6 Venator concept – image: Spyker Cars

The same holds true for the Spyker E8, a sedan concept that has yet to progress from the drawing board to the concept stage. While we take the reveal of the B6 Venator as good news, Spyker’s track record of putting concepts into production tell us that the car may never progress beyond the show car stage. Spyker clearly needs more models in its portfolio than the aging C8, but we’re not sure the market needs another luxury sport coupe from a low-volume builder.

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Geneva: Spyker B6 Venator Concept shows the brand still has a beating heart

By Zach Bowman

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Spyker looks keen to shake off the dust of the Saab implosion. The Dutch supercar-maker unveiled the new B6 Venator Concept today at the Geneva Motor Show, saying the mid-engine coupe marks the beginning of the brand’s revival.

Penned by Spyker CEO Victor Muller, the B6 is designed to pay homage to Spyker’s past with a V-Shaped mesh grille inspired by vintage models like the 60HP, though the concept also pulls a few tricks from the company’s aircraft lineage as well.

With a wraparound canopy, LED tail lamps designed to look like the burners of a jet engine and 19-inch “Turbofan” wheels, the model is reaching to draw parallels between itself and the aviation industry.

Thrust comes from a relatively modest 375-horsepower V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. While that number may seem low for an ultra-exclusive two-seater, the B6 Venator benefits from a light-weight construction. Every last body panel on the concept is hewn from carbon fiber stretched over an aluminum chassis. Spyker says the vehicle should tip the scales at under 3,100 pounds.

Interested parties will be able to purchase a production B6 in early 2014, if you live in key markets like Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. For American customers, your wait extends to late 2014. While official pricing wasn’t given, Muller did mention that he’ll be asking somewhere in the $125,000 to $150,000 range.

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Spyker B6 Venator Concept shows the brand still has a beating heart originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Is this the Spyker B6 Venator Concept?

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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The car you see above may in fact be the Spyker B6 Venator Concept that’s headed for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next week. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, which included this image, the car will use a mid-mounted 375-horsepower V6 engine and is about the size of the Porsche Boxster.

With a weight of just 3,080 pounds, though, those ponies are moving just 8.21 pounds apiece, which puts the B6 Venator in a dead power-to-weight heat with the 911 Carerra. That said, Spyker’s Victor Muller tells WSJ that this will not be a “Porsche killer.”

So, what underpins the new Spyker? WSJ points out that the car’s specifications are very close to those of the Lotus Evora S, and we know that the British boutique automaker is happy to lend engineering support where it’s necessary. We don’t know for sure what the B6 Venator is based on, but Muller reportedly pegged his role in the process as “designer.” In any case, we’re sure the B6 will have all the aero-inspired detailing of past Spyker models. It will reportedly be priced between 125,000 and 150,000 euros, with production “in the hundreds.”

WSJ also says we are to expect a P2P (Peking-to-Paris) super-sport-utility vehicle based on Saab’s unused Phoenix architecture with financial backing from China’s Youngman, as we’ve previously heard.

Is this the Spyker B6 Venator Concept? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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