Spyker has almost left the building. It avoided its fate through the founders efforts, Victor Mueller. And now this entrepreneur has managed to present a new car from the Dutch company. As we have anticipated, they have followed an old strategy in order to secure its regular fans: having a V8 car in line again. The C8 Preliator uses a supercharged 4.2 Audi V8 to deliver 386 kW at 6,800 rpm and 600 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Only 50 C8 Preliator units will be produced.
The new car is very similar to the B6 Venator Concept, something that the ailing financial health of the company helps to explain. It also does not count with a factory of its own, but rather with a manufacturing partner, CPP Metalcraft, from Coventry, UK. But this is no demeanor to the car. The C8 Preliator will succeed the C8 Aileron, a car that is also being produced in its last units at Coventry.
The C8 Preliator is 4.63 m long, 1.95 m wide, 1.20 m tall and sits over a wheelbase of 2.73 m. It is a 2-seater coupé with a rear-mid mounted engine and rear-wheel drive. Its transmission is a 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox, with the option to order a 6-speed ZF automatic unit, and it uses Lotus supplied double wishbone independent suspension on all four wheels. Its body is made of carbon fiber and its structure is an aluminum space frame. Aluminum is also used on the hood and rear deck lid. The car has a kerb weight of 1,390 kg.
When it comes to performance, Spyker claims it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 s and reach a top speed of 322 km/h. Let’s hope it sells well and helps Spyker keep alive for the presentation of new models, such as the electric supercar the C8 Preliator was supposed to be. Check below all other images of the car Spyker has released in our slideshow.