Spyker Bankruptcy Declared Void

This is why I love you, Victor Muller…….

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SPYKER N.V. WINS APPEAL: BANKRUPTCY DECLARED NULL AND VOID WITH RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT.

Back in Moratorium of Payment, Spyker expects to reach an Agreement with its Creditors and exit Moratorium in a Matter of Weeks.

Zeewolde, the Netherlands, January 29th, 2015. Spyker N.V., together with its wholly owned subsidiary Spyker Automobielen B.V. (collectively “Spyker” or the “Company”), today won an appeal filed on December 29th, 2014 with the Appeals Court of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.Pursuant to the ruling rendered today the decision of the District Court of Midden-Nederland in Lelystad, the Netherlands (the “Court”), declaring Spyker bankrupt on December 18th, 2014, was overturned and the bankruptcy declared null and void with retrospective effect.

This means that by law Spyker was never bankrupt and that the Company has, with immediate effect, returned to the moratorium of payment status, in which it was since the Court granted Spyker that protection on December 2nd, 2014. On that day, Spyker filed a voluntary petition for temporary moratorium of payment (“surseance van betaling”), the Dutch equivalent of the American Chapter 11 procedure, in an effort to address certain short-term operational and liquidity challenges. When expected bridge funding did not arrive timely, the Court appointed administrator who, together with the Board of Management, bears final responsibility for the management of the Company as long as the legal moratorium of payment status is in force, filed a request with the Court to convert the moratorium of payment to bankruptcy.

Fortunately, in the days following the bankruptcy ruling, the bridge funding did come in, which provided a solid foundation for lodging an appeal with the Appeals Court on December 29th,2014.

Victor R. Muller, Spyker’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer said: “On December 18th, last, perhaps the blackest day in our 15 year history, I announced that as far as I was concerned, this was not the end and we would live up to our commitment to relentlessly endeavour to resurrect Spyker as soon as practically possible.

But even I could not foresee at the time how quickly and unscathed Spyker would emerge from a situation which usually heralds the end of an era. The Appeals Court’s ruling has eradicated the bankruptcy and put Spyker back in “Chapter 11”. Since we spent the time between lodging the appeal and today’s ruling to reach an agreement with the majority of our creditors, we should see Spyker exit moratorium of payment in a matter of weeks.

Following that exit we will forthwith pursue the execution of our plans which include the introduction of the Spyker B6 Venator, our entry-level luxury sports car which will give a larger audience access to the Spyker brand, and the merger with a US based manufacturer of high performance electric aircraft, the exciting new sustainable and disruptive technologies of which will find their way into full electric Spyker cars in the foreseeable future.

I again wish to express my gratitude to our customers, dealers, suppliers and of course our shareholders, employees and Board. Their loyalty and support was vital to build the brand over the past decade and a half and has now proven invaluable to achieve the overturning of the bankruptcy ruling and subsequent exit from moratorium so we can continue building our business for many decades to come.”

Spyker Bankrupt, Muller Determined

Most of you would have heard the news by now, but for those who have not…..

Spyker’s situation went from really bad to terminal last night when their bankruptcy protection/reorganisation status moved into plain old bankruptcy (receivership). Spyker Cars sought protection from its creditors just two weeks ago but the bridge funding it was counting on to survive the reorganisation process has not materialised. The court moved the company into receivership at the request of the administrator leading the reorganisation.

The-Black-NightTypically, our mate Victor Muller (right) doesn’t see this as the end of the road.

“None of the ambitions we had when we founded Spyker 15 years ago, has vanished as a result of today’s events. In 2000 we set out to establish a super sports car business from scratch with a global distribution and we achieved that. Over the years we undertook some daring ventures that left their marks on the company which in turn contributed to today’s demise.

However, I would like to make clear that as far as I am concerned “this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning” to quote Winston Churchill. I will relentlessly endeavour to resurrect Spyker as soon as practically possible and, assuming we will be successful, pursue our goal to merge with a high performance electric aircraft manufacturer and develop revolutionary electric Spykers with disruptive sustainable technology.

Gags aside, I am very saddened by this news, if not surprised.

I admire Vic because he has a crack at things. He doesn’t wait for someone else to do it. Yes, he often does things with other people’s money but tell me the name of a business or entrepreneur that doesn’t. This is the way of the business world and investors know it.

Victor – I wish you well, my friend. I will be following your movements and hoping like crazy that you get to build those electric Spykers.

Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via

Spyker Vs Saab, Victor Muller, Porsche-Porsche-Porsche and GM’s Recall

So the results from the Saab vs Spyker poll from last week – i.e……

Which car do you think we’ll see available for sale first?

  • The Spyker B6 Venator, or
  • An electric Saab?
  • …. were almost split down the middle. Spyker held a handy lead right from the get-go but the Saab pollsters chimed in later and the result evened out by the end.

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    Thanks for your participation. I’m very keen to see which one will actually be built first. Actually, I’m keen to see if either of them will be built at all.

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    In related news, Autoweek has an interesting feature article on Spyker and Victor Muller.

    The article is about Spyker, but it does touch on the Saab years:

    He couldn’t help but describe the experience in Biblical terms. “It was hell on Earth,” he said, taking care to emphasize every word. “The years 2010 and 2011 can only be described as hell on earth. Dante’s Inferno. I gave everything humanly possible to try and save my company. And I think a little bit more than that. And I almost killed myself in the process. It was hell.”

    I can vouch for that. I’ve never seen someone work harder and the price he paid in terms of his health and his family was excessive.

    It’s a good read and yes, I’m still cheering for VM to make it work.

    Saab, too.

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    18 new Saabs have been registered to private customers in Sweden this year.

    As plenty of people have pointed out, the 9-3 was still a great car when it ceased production in 2011 and is, by all reports, still a good new car as made by NEVS today. But that’s according to the opinions of people who aren’t stumping up their own money to buy one. For those who are, the shortcomings attributable to the car’s age seem to be a stumbling block.

    This path was always, always fraught with danger. A lack of engagement, a lack of feasible planning, a lack of sales and now the lack of a major investor have me very worried for our little Swedish brand.

    Thanks to ctm for the sales info, via comments.

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    Would you like an update on the GM Recall that will make you shudder and laugh at the same time?

    I thought so. There’s a slight language warning with this one. And it goes on a little too long, but it’s still worth a look.

    Just another reason I’ll never buy a car designed and made by General Motors. (with the minor possible exception, one day, of a Saab 9-3 or 9-5 wagon).

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    Some car designs we like, and some we don’t. Designers DO usually get it right, however, a point that’s only emphasised when you see their early design attempts at a particular model.

    For example, here’s how the Porsche 911 might have looked…..

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    And here’s the concept car that spawned the Spyker C8 Laviolette:

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    They’re always interesting to see, but thank goodness the designers kept working on them 🙂

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    And a little more Porsche, for those who like short films dedicated to old cars drifting in the snow….

    The guy featured in this film is Jeff Zwart (and I love the smile on his face in the driving shots – it’s what driving old cars is all about). He’s made films and photos of a lot of exotic cars over the years, as well as driven cars hard in various events, including Pike’s Peak.

    He recently released a book about the Porsche 917 and it shows off his photography skills almost as much as it shows off the car. Delicious.

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    And briefly, on my own Porsche shory…..

    Parts have now arrived for my next major job – upgrading to M030 suspension. That’ll happen next month and I have a very special test drive planned to evaluate the changes 🙂

    Poll: Saab vs Spyker

    Time for a little light-hearted amusement……

    One of my favourite sports shows has a question every week – Who would you rather be? There are two possible answers and they usually pose an upside and a downside.

    e.g Who would you rather be?

    • Prince Charles, or
    • Prince Harry?

    It sounds easy at first, but think about it.

    One’s going to be King, probably sooner rather than later. And let’s face it, it’s good to be King. The other is loved by the people and will still have a pretty good life. But he’s unlikely to ever be the King and that’s a place in history that he’ll miss out on forever. Does history give places to likeable knock-about brothers or sons of kings? Not that often. And the Windsors are an historical bunch, let’s face it.

    Upside. Downside.

    This isn’t exactly a “who would you rather be?” scenario – although that would be interesting, too – but hopefully it’ll make you think just as much.

    The question?

    Which car do you think we’ll see available for sale first?

    • The Spyker B6 Venator, or
    • An electric Saab?

    Spyker have released both the hardtop and Spyder versions of the B6 Venator in concept form. Just this week, they’ve released images of the production hardtop model. You can’t help thinking, though, that production versions might be hard to come by in the real world. When a company’s pressed to offer bonds that can be converted into cars, presumably in order to finance the actual build, then you have to wonder.

    Victor Muller took a pretty big financial hit from the whole Saab affair. He’s had no luck with his court case against GM and the Swedes are still looking at his dealings from the Saab days. Victor’s the ultimate survivor, though. He’s still got Spyker and he’s managed to wrangle enough cash together to produce these new concepts. He even managed to get one sitting dockside at the Monaco GP last weekend. But has he got the cash to release them by their expected due date, in 2015?

    Saab?

    Well, one of their major shareholders hasn’t come through with the cash they promised. The boss has had to try and liquidate assets in China to pay the bills and he’s a few months behind. The company’s had to stop production for 4 weeks and that’s right before the usual summer break, so don’t be surprised if it turns out to be more like a 12-week break. Investors are said to be on the verge, but who’s going to invest in a crippled company when they could wait and get the bits they want at a knock-down price?

    And then there’s the whole electric car thing. Are they actually close to building a viable electric vehicle for consumers? Right now they’re courting investors to complete the Phoenix platform, which makes me wonder how much work they’ve actually done on it since buying the company. They reportedly started sending electric test vehicles to China but are they ready for consumers?

    I think it’s a legitimate question – which car will we see available for sale first? An electric Saab or the Spyker B6 Venator?

    Have your say in the poll below:

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    Spyker appeal GM case dismissal

    I missed this story when I was on holiday but thanks to Victor himself dropping in on our comments section yesterday, I had reason to go searching for the story.

    Bottom line: On October 1st, Spyker appealed the judge’s dismissal of their case.

    Source: Law 360. Click that link to read the story in full.

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    Dutch carmaker Spyker NV urged the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday to revive its $3 billion lawsuit alleging General Motors Co. pushed Saab Automobile AB into bankruptcy by interfering with Spyker’s bid to sell the Swedish automaker to Chinese investors, claiming a district court judge erred in tossing the suit.

    Spyker and Saab’s suit alleged that GM public announcements scuttled the deal on the eve of its signing, but a district court tossed the lone claim of tortious interference with economic expectancy, ruling that they had no anticipated business relationship because the unsigned framework agreement merely outlined a further set of agreements that still needed to be arranged and approved in short order.

    In a brief filed with the Sixth Circuit, Spyker and Saab claimed the lower court committed “three critical errors” in dismissing their suit, the first being the conclusion that the failed deal left the automakers without a valid expectation of a business deal.

    “Far from wishful thinking, Saab stood to gain an immediate cash investment of €10 million on signing the framework agreement,” according to the brief.

    Spyker and Saab claimed the lower court erred further by incorrectly interpreting GM’s rights under existing contracts and then using that misreading to find that GM had not acted maliciously in speaking out against the deal.

    “Consequently, this court should reverse the judgment of the district court and remand the case for further proceedings,” the brief said.

    Spyker filed the suit in August 2012, claiming that Saab was forced into liquidation in Swedish court in December 2011 after GM doomed a proposed $142 million sale of Saab to Chinese automaker Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. by making public statements in December 2011 that it would cut off crucial technology licensing deals if Spyker went ahead with a the proposed deal.

    The Dutch company contended that GM’s alleged tortuous interference cost it at least $3 billion.

    GM moved to dismiss the suit, asserting that its own deal with Spyker put limits on the future use of GM technology in Saab cars and gave the U.S. automaker consent rights regarding any future sale of the Swedish company.

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    Again, you can read the full story at Law 360.

    And if you want more background on the case from a SWadeology point of view, click here. The official Spyker release about the case when it was first launched is here.

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    I have to say I don’t feel optimistic about Spyker’s chances with this case. That’s not because I don’t believe in it, because I do. I’d love to see GM held accountable for its lack of stewardship of Saab and the disadvantaged position they placed the company in. I simply think it’s going to be hard to convince a judge in GM’s own backyard that they should be held accountable. I’d love to believe that Lady Justice is blind, but I don’t.

    I do wish Spyker and Saab well with this suit, though. GM could have taken measures to protect their interests and still allowed Saab a future until such a time as Saab’s cars became GM-free. They killed it because they could.

    Spyker B6 Venator Spyder – pics and presser

    Spyker have just unveiled the topless version of the sensational B6 Venator that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. They promised the topless version back then. Today, at Pebble Beach, they delivered.

    Here are the official studio images and the press release.

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    SPYKER UNVEILS B6 VENATOR SPYDER CONCEPT

    Spyker N.V. (“Spyker”) today revealed the Spyder version of its new exotic sports car, the Spyker B6 Venator, at a press conference in Pebble Beach, California.

    Just five months after unveiling the B6 Venator Coupe Concept to rave reviews at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show, Spyker – creator of meticulously hand built automobiles whose beauty is equaled only by their unrivaled craftsmanship – made waves on the other side of the Atlantic.

    Spyker B6 Venator Spyder

    Today the brand introduced the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept, a unique alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector, via a press conference at The Quail Motorsports Gathering in Pebble Beach, California. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept is the eagerly awaited convertible execution of Spyker’s compact, 2-door mid-engine sports car that will offer the discerning driver of the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, performance and exclusivity.

    Chief Executive Officer Victor R. Muller chose The Quail as the site for the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept’s worldwide premiere because, “It is the car’s natural habitat. Car enthusiasts from around the globe descend upon exquisitely beautiful Pebble Beach for the Concours d’Elegance weekend, and The Quail Motorsports Gathering is the most exclusive event of all.” Designed by Muller, the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept incorporates vintage cues of the brand’s aviation past, highly detailed design and bespoke materials into a defiantly contemporary statement that could only come from Spyker.

    DETAILSThe company’s Latin axiom “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – “For the tenacious no road is impassable” – is tastefully featured on the exterior. The name “Venator” is Latin for “Hunter,” a nod back to Spyker’s “Hunter” fighter aircraft of the early 20th century.

    Exterior highlights include:

    • The trademark radiator grille’s mesh is V-shaped, referencing Spyker models of the previous century. The 1903 Spyker logo harkens back to an era when Spyker built racers such as the amazing 60HP.
    • The headlights, equipped with LED light rails, give the car an aggressive stance.
    • The 3D LED rear lights are akin to the iris-type after burners of a jet engine from a modern fighter aircraft.
    • The brake light has been sculpted into the rear panel design to ensure smooth, flowing design lines.
    • Elegantly aggressive 19″ TurbofanTM wheels are shown in mirror polish finish.
    • The brand’s axiom “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – which translates to “For the tenacious no road is impassable” – is shown on the fairings.

    DASHBOARD2_onInterior highlights include:

    • Interior surroundings crafted from the finest materials are unusually open and airy for a sports car, akin to an aeroplane cockpit. The leather is sourced from the Litano range produced by the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands. Hulshof uses only West European first choice bull hides and a special tanning process that produces the beautifully rich colour palette.
    • The red cover on the ignition switch evokes the spirit of starting an aeroplane, as does the dashboard that lights up as part of the ‘pre-flight check.’ The dashboard is shown with a turned aluminium fascia, similar to those seen on Spykers of the 1920s.
    • Pressing the engine start button brings to life a powerful V6 engine that delivers 375+ bhp.
    • The trademark exposed gear change mechanism was inspired by early aircraft controls from Spyker’s aviation heritage.

    EXHAUSTBody: All carbon fibre

    Chassis: All aluminium platform

    Engine: details conspicuously absent – SW

    Engine mount position: rear-mid

    Engine orientation: transverse mounted V6

    Max power: 375+ bhp

    Drivetrain: details conspicuously absent – SW

    Drivetrain type: RWD

    Transmission: 6-spd automatic

    Dimensions:

    Overall length: 4347 mm

    Width (ex mirrors): 1882 mm

    Wheelbase: 2500 mm

    Kerb weight: under 1400 kg

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    The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept will begin production in late 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in early 2015. The introduction of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR Concept at Geneva earlier this year marked the beginning of a new era for the brand, one that will include a significant increase in production led by a management team that has never been stronger.

    The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept represents the next key step on that path, which is being spearheaded by Muller and his Chief Commercial Officer John Walton. Together, Muller and Walton are leading a passionate team that is supremely dedicated to creating unique and beautiful high-performance sports luxury cars.

    According to Walton, “Reaction to the coupe version in Geneva was so overwhelmingly positive that we accelerated our initial plan to deliver the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept. This is an exquisite drop-top that begs to be driven on the Pacific Coast Highway – yet will provide more exclusivity than any other sports car it will pass on the road.” The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept will provide the authentic Spyker experience – hand-crafted rarity that is as visceral to view as it is to drive – at a more accessible price point of approximately $150,000. “The SPYKER B6 VENATOR COUPE and SPYDER Concepts are the immediate future of Spyker,” said Muller.

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    Judge dismisses Spyker’s lawsuit against GM

    Sad to see, but can’t say I’m too surprised. A judge has dismissed Spyker’s $3billion lawsuit against General Motors.

    From Business Week:

    DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a $3 billion lawsuit filed by Dutch car maker Spyker against General Motors Co.

    Spyker sued GM last August, accusing it of unfairly blocking a deal to let a Chinese buyer take over Swedish carmaker Saab.

    GM sold Saab to Spyker in 2010. Saab filed for bankruptcy protection less than a year later after GM blocked its sale to a Chinese automaker.

    GM asked U.S. Judge Gershwin Drain to dismiss the suit, saying it had the right to protect its intellectual property. Spyker argued that the deals didn’t involve GM’s proprietary technology. Drain sided with GM and dismissed the lawsuit.

    Spyker said in a statement that it will decide whether to appeal after reviewing the judge’s ruling.

    It was always a longshot.

    I don’t hate much in this world, but pretty much anything by GM makes that list. The Corvette fares best, registering mere disinterest. Unfortunately, hate doesn’t win lawsuits, especially very arguable ones posed in the defendant’s backyard.

    I hope Spyker weren’t banking on this for their future operations. That B6 Venator looks sweet and I hope they get to make it some day. It’s on my if-I-win-lotto list.

    Video: Victor Muller Talks About The Spyker B6 Venator

    I love my old boss. I’m so very pleased to see him looking happy and healthy after a hellish few years giving his life (and unfortunately failing) to resurrect Saab Automobile.

    Spyker Cars took a new concept car to the Geneva Motor Show last month, the Spyker B6 Venator. I think it looks 100% A-grade HOT. Spyker say they’ll build it from 2014 and I wish them only the best of luck in getting themselves on their feet again. The B6 Venator looks like just the right car for the occasion, too.

    In this 4 minute video, Victor Muller talks about the new car, revealing the inspiration behind it and his favourite design elements.

    I’d buy one if I could. It looks that good.

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    Spyker B6 Venator – Wow Factor 10!

    Holy schmozzoli. Victor Muller’s done it!

    I thought the first rendering we saw of the new Spyker B6 Venator Concept looked pretty nice. Now that we can see the car in the metal at the Geneva show, it looks like the real deal. It’s been built, it’s intended for production next year and most importantly, it looks absolutely sensational.

    Spyker B6 Venator

    Here’s the thing that most people don’t get about Spyker cars until they look into them. This is not a pure sports car. It’s a very sporting luxury car. The motoring press was talking up the Spyker B6 Venator as a Porsche 911 competitor prior to the Geneva Motor Show, which Victor Muller went to some lengths to play down. The Spyker will never take on a 911 in a performance battle. It has a V6 engine that puts out a very decent 345hp and I have no doubt you can get more than just a few thrills carving up the curly bits. This is no Porsche-killer, however. This is a luxury car in a sports car body. People who shop this car are going to know that, or find it out pretty soon.

    What do I like?

    I like the fact that it’s more compact than Spyker C8 vehicles. The proportions suit my own personal tastes a bit better.

    I like the fact that the lines flow. It doesn’t have the vulgar piecemeal style that seems to be emerging in luxury sportscar design right at the moment.

    I really like the fact that it doesn’t have a big vent protruding from its roof a-la previous Spykers.

    And I love, love, love the interior. Check out the close up shots in the gallery below. The workmanship and luxury on show here is what Spyker cars are all about.

    The full press release is below the gallery. If you’re interested in Muller’s work post-Saab then you’ll want to read it. I think this car’s looking great and it’s due in European and Asian markets in early 2014. The US will take a few months longer and it’s expected to cost between $125K and $150K depending on spec.

    Click to enlarge.

    SPYKER UNVEILS NEW B6 VENATOR CONCEPT AT THE 83RD GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW, SIGNALING THE SUPERCAR BRAND’S GLOBAL RESURGENCE

    ZEEWOLDE, THE NETHERLANDS, 5 MARCH 2013 — Spyker N.V. (“Spyker”) today revealed a new exotic compact, 2-door, mid-engine sports car at a press conference in Geneva. 2013 marks the global resurgence of Spyker as a creator of meticulously built automobiles whose beauty is equaled by their unrivaled craftsmanship. The brand’s revival is heralded by the introduction of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT, a unique alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT is a compact, 2-door mid-engine sports car that will offer the discerning driver of the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, performance and exclusivity.

    Designed by Victor R. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of Spyker N.V., the SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT makes a defiantly contemporary statement whilst paying homage to its past, making it instantly recognizable as a Spyker. Highly detailed design, bespoke materials and aviation-inspired elements are a core part of the Spyker DNA. With the announcement of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT, the company once again proves its Latin axiom: “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – “For the tenacious no road is impassable.” The name “Venator” is Latin as well, meaning “Hunter” – a nod back to Spyker’s “Hunter” fighter aircraft of the early 20th
    century.

    Exterior highlights:

    • The trademark radiator grille’s mesh is V-shaped, referencing Spyker models of the previous century. The 1903 Spyker logo harkens back to an era when Spyker built racers such as the amazing 60HP.
    • The new headlights, equipped with LED light rails, give the car an aggressive stance.
    • The aerodynamically shaped glass aircraft canopy extends rearwards to minimize drag, optimizing performance.
    • The 3D LED rear lights are akin to the iris-type after burners of a jet engine from a modern fighter aircraft.
    • The brake light has been sculpted into the rear panel design to ensure smooth, flowing design lines.
    • Elegantly aggressive 19” Turbofan™ wheels are shown in mirror polish finish.

    Interior highlights:

    • Interior surroundings crafted from the finest materials are unusually open and airy for a sports car, the light and glass akin to an aeroplane cockpit. The leather is sourced from the Litano range produced by the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde. Hulshof uses only West European first choice bull hides and a special tanning process that produces the beautifully rich colour palette.
    • The red cover on the ignition switch evokes the spirit of starting an aeroplane, as does the dashboard that lights up as part of the ‘pre-flight check.’ The dashboard is shown with a turned aluminium fascia, similar to those seen on Spykers of the 1920s.
    • Pressing the engine start button brings to life a powerful V6 engine that delivers 375+ bhp.
    • The trademark exposed gear change mechanism was inspired by early aircraft controls from Spyker’s aviation heritage.

    Body:

    • All carbon fibre

    Chassis:

    • All aluminium platform

    Engine:

    • Engine mount position: rear-mid
    • Engine orientation: transverse mounted V6
    • Max power: 375+ bhp

    Drivetrain:

    • Drivetrain type: RWD
    • Transmission: 6-spd automatic

    Dimensions:

    • Overall length: 4347 mm
    • Width (ex mirrors): 1882 mm
    • Wheelbase: 2500 mm
    • Kerb weight: ﹤ 1400 kg

    The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT will begin production in early 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in autumn 2014.

    The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT is being shown for the first time at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show alongside the Spyker C8 Aileron that was first introduced at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show. The design of the Spyker C8 Aileron represented another significant step in the evolution of Spyker, shifting from propeller to turbine inspired design.

    The introduction of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT marks the beginning of a new era for the brand, one that will include a significant increase in production led by a management team that has never been stronger. Last year Spyker expanded its global leadership with the appointment of John Walton as Chief Commercial Officer. Together, Muller and Walton are leading a passionate team that is supremely dedicated to creating unique and beautiful high performance sports luxury cars.

    Since the brand’s rebirth in 2000, the company has lived its motto – “for the tenacious no road is impassable” – making bold moves to ensure that Spyker will continue to be a viable, no-compromise brand. The company was taken public in 2004 in order to fund product development and growth. After a few bleak years and newfound partnerships, the momentum is all in the right direction. The financial standing of Spyker N.V. is strong, thanks to the recent conversion of all shareholder debt into equity and a €10M share issue to Youngman.

    The result: in 2012, Spyker N.V. recorded a €125M profit, laying the foundation for brand’s global resurgence that is signaled today by the introduction of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT.

    Victor R. Muller, Spyker’s CEO said, “There is no denying that Spyker went through a very rough period in recent years. However, today we prove the truth of our motto since 1914, ‘Nulla tenaci invia est via’ – ‘For the tenacious no road is impassable.’ Our dealer body and prospective clients have been asking us to make a more affordable car for everyday use. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT is that car and more: it is the highlight of our hard work to create a viable future for our company. By offering an exquisite, hand-crafted, exclusive car at a more accessible price point of approximately $125,000 / $150,000, more of those discerning drivers who have aspired to own a Spyker will be able to achieve that dream. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT represents our view of the future, the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our history.”

    Spyker B6 Venator – New at Geneva

    Spyker missed the Geneva Motor Show in 2012 due to upheaval caused by the Saab bankruptcy. Spyker chief Victor Muller was busy enough trying to keep the company afloat, let along preparing for a motor show. This year, Spyker are back. They’ve got something new to show, too – the Spyker B6 Venator concept car.

    Spyker have so far just teased the press with a few abstract images showing the upper shape and the tail lights of the car. Victor Muller spoke with the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, however, and let a few more clues out – along with a full color image of the car (my guess is it’s a decent CGI).

    The Venator (latin for “hunter”) will be about the size of a Porsche Boxster. It will combine both aluminium and carbonfibre construction so as to tip the scales at just under 1,400kg (3080 lbs). Power will be provided by a mid-position 375hp V6 engine of unknown origin run through a six-speed automatic transmission. The usual Spyker interior appointments will make an appearance with plenty of leather, aluminium and of course Spyker’s signature exposed gear linkage.

    News outlets have been talking about this car for a few weeks, calling it a rival for the Porsche 911. I asked Victor about that a few weeks ago and he denied it straight-up. He mentions it to the Wall St Journal, too.

    “….anybody who says [we’re] going to build a Porsche killer is crazy,” Mr. Muller emphasized.

    That’s pretty consistent with Spyker’s brand positioning. They’ve never tried to take on the established supercars in performance terms. They cars are intended more as a high-speed luxury lounge. A well appointed gentleman’s cruiser. BYO smoking jacket for when you exit the car.

    Full details about the Spyker B6 Venator will come later this week as the press corp wanders through the halls at Geneva.

    Spyker B6 Venator

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