Spyker Automotive is planning as many as four new cars over the next decade, including a petrol-electric super SUV and a cheaper six-cylinder sports car, as well as increasing production to 500 cars a year.
The company, which recently revealed the Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder at the Geneva motor show, is now on a stable post-bankruptcy footing. It is based in the UK, builds cars in Coventry with CPP Manufacturing and is benefitting from the depressed value of the pound that all UK exporters are currently taking advantage of.
The Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder joins the Preliator coupé in the range and will be the first car to benefit from the new 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 manufactured and supplied by Koenigsegg. The engine supply contract was signed on the opening day of the Geneva show. The first C8 Preliator Spyders will be delivered this summer.
Spyker boss Victor Muller also plans is to pick up on development of a model that came part of the way to maturity before the company got into its financial difficulties in 2014: a petrol-electric hybrid super-SUV called the D8 Peking to Paris that will be engineered in part by Lotus. The name salutes the original Spyker firm’s participation in the 1907 Peking to Paris rally.
“We went part of the way to producing what we called our super-SUV, or SSUV, a decade ago, before our troubles – and we were way ahead of the curve [for luxury SUVs] at the time,” Muller said.
“The original vehicle was called the D12 Peking to Paris, and was going to use a Volkswagen W12 engine, but we lost our funding before we could deliver it and had to pay back deposits to more than 200 customers. It wasn’t a great experience and I’m resolved that we will never go through it again.”