Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Spyker B6 Venator Spyder [VIDEO]

Dutch supercar builder Spyker has been under the radar for the past few years, battling with the aftermath of its failed takeover of the late Swedish manufacturer Saab. The company, helmed by Viktor Muller, hasn't been standing still. Earlier this year it showed the new Spyker B6 at Geneva Motor Show, a compact mid-engined sports car pitched at the enthusiast who deems the 911 Turbo to be rather thick on the ground. Now comes the B6 Venator Spyder, still in concept form yet a sure bet for production in the next 18 months.
The Venator Spyder is essentially identical to the coupe sans roof. Its aluminium chassis is clothed in carbon fibre panels, with a claimed kerbweight of under 1,400kg.
Power comes from the same mid-mounted transverse V6 with 'more than 375hp'. This sort of spec perhaps makes the Spyder's most natural rival the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, although the Spyker is auto-only. Given it features that fantastic exposed gearshift, it seems a shame to not have it functioning as often as possible.
The Spyder's debut has also brought firm details on a production date and price. Chief Commercial Officer of Spyker John Walton has suggested a "more accessible price" of approximately $150,000 (around £95,000), which again places it firmly in 911 Cabriolet territory. Production for Europe and Asia begins at the end of 2014, with America version being built from 2015.