The SUV Spyker D12 Peking to Paris is slated for a come back. With both a V12 and electric motors

Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker, may have chosen a safer path to bring his brand back to life with a conventional 4.2 V8 for the C8 Preliator. It was supposed to use electric engines, due to the Volta Volare agreement Spyker has made, but it was not at the Geneva Motor Show that it was slated to happen. Anyway, the Los Angeles Auto Show seems to be the perfect stage for an electric car from Spyker. And for an SUV. And for a V12 SUV, according to interviews Muller has given to CarBuzz and to Autocar.

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Muller says he badly wanted the Spyker D12 Peking to Paris Concept in a production version, but that the SUV was 10 years ahead of its time in 2006. With that, we may suppose 2016 would be the perfect occasion for such a luxurious SUV. The Bentley Bentayga surely nods to this reasoning.

The new “C8 Preliator on steroids”, as Muller defines it, will be powered by a V12 engine from an European manufacturer that Spyker’s CEO has preferred not to disclose, but he admits to be a huge fan of Aston Martin. Why not have the British V12 under the hood of the new D12? Apart from Aston Martin, the only companies that still offer a V12 are Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Ferrari. The Volkswagen group uses the W12, an engine that Spyker has formerly considered.

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Besides the V12 under the Spyker D12 bonnet, Muller says an SUV would not be a bad choice for a more silent vehicle, such as one with electric motors. And he says more news about the electric Spyker will be released in November, or by the same time the Los Angeles Auto Show will open its gates.

So we can expect to see the same SUV powered both with a V12 and with electric engines. In August, Muller will take Spyker to the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. We may have more new about the Dutch carmaker a little earlier than November, after all!

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.