Spyker announced at the Geneva Motor Show its most significant technological advancement since the inception of the Dutch creator of meticulously hand-built sportscars in 2000. The company has signed an Engine Supply deal with Koenigsegg, the Swedish hand-built Supercar makers, at the Geneva Motor show.
With the deal, both the Spyker C8 Preliator and Spyder variant, which was unveiled in Geneva, will be propelled by the new Koenigsegg engine. The Spyker-Koenigsegg venture announcement was made on the occasion of the global debut of the Spyder version of the C8 Preliator.
The normally-aspirated, Koenigsegg dry-sump 5.0-liter V8 engine boasts 600 hp and 600 NM of torque. Koenigsegg has developed this engine specifically to meet Spyker’s needs and the Koenigsegg V8 will be installed in every Spyker C8 Preliator, both the Coupe, which was launched in March 2016, and the new Spyder unveiled in Geneva. The new engine replaces the Audi V8 powertrain as from car one. The new Koenigsegg engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The C8 Preliator Spyder embodies Spyker’s translation of timeless aviation inspired design to the ultimate convertible. The design reflects the progress made with the Preliator from concept towards a production car. The Spyder, in Ascot Bronze, on display at the Geneva show features an automatic soft top and a saddle Litano leather interior with honeycomb contrasted stitching. Only 100 units of the C8 Preliator will be produced.
Preliator owners may now operate their favorite music apps, including Spotify and Apple Music, with simple, memorable hand gestures via the integrated controlled Head-Up Display. The system brings entirely new mobile- and digital experiences to #spyker C8 Preliator owners.
The 600 horsepower V8 engine with manual gearbox, ticks all the boxes of the Spyker brand; it’s Bold, Pure, and Engaging but foremost hyper-exclusive. In fact, this is the only 600 horsepower series produced sports car available with a manual gearbox on the market today. The Koenigsegg-powered Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder will provide an engaging purist driving experience second to none tantalizing all senses. Meanwhile, the howling sound of this normally aspirated engine will be unmistakable and thrilling.
The “Preliator” name, which means “fighter” or “warrior” in Latin, pays tribute to Spyker aviation heritage: “Fighters” are warplanes as made by Spyker between 1914 and 1918. But even more so, “Preliator” symbolizes the battles Spyker faced and won in the past.
The Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder is slated to start production by summer of 2018. All Preliators will feature carbon fiber bodies.