Spyker, the creator of meticulously hand-built sports cars since 2000 has unveiled its third-generation sports car: the Spyker C8 Preliator. The new C8 Preliator represents the second reboot of Spyker’s core model. It has been restyled inside and out, and features updated mechanical components as well.
Victor R. Muller, Spyker‘s Founder and Chief Executive Officer said on the occasion of the unveiling: “The greatest man in our industry, Enzo Ferrari, once said: ‘What’s behind you, doesn’t matter’. What does matter is the fact that we have returned to Geneva today to unveil the worthy successor to the Spyker C8 Aileron, launched right here in 2009, of which the last five units are being assembled in our new production facilities in Coventry, the United Kingdom.”
The “Preliator” name, which means “fighter” or “warrior” in latin, pays tribute to that aviation heritage: “Fighters” are warplanes as made by Spyker between 1914 and 1918. But even more so, “Preliator” symbolises the uphill battles Spyker faced and won in the past couple of years.
The biggest news here is that, while the 4.2-liter V8 sourced from Audi carries over, it’s now supercharged to deliver 518 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Channeled to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or available automatic transmission, that’s enough to send it rocketing to 62 miles per hour from a standstill in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 201 mph. Lotus has retuned the suspension and helped with the aluminium tubular space frame chassis while AP Racing have supplied new brakes. Total weight is a relatively svelte 3065 lbs.
Pricing starts at about $350,000 at current exchange rates and the company will only produce 50 of them.