In late 2014, Spyker was officially bankrupt. Less than two years later, it has debuted a new car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Signalling its revival, the Spyker C8 Preliator is the Dutch automaker’s hope to put itself back on the map after a couple of years of turmoil. It serves as the company’s third model since it was founded in 2000 and its odd name means “fighter” or “warrior” in Latin while also referring to the company’s recent financial struggles.
But you’re probably not here to learn about how the company went belly up and is back on its four wheels again, but rather why the Spyker C8 Preliator is relevant. For starters, it features a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 engine under the hood from Audi, pushing 518 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed Getrag manual transmission. Buyers will also get to choose from a ZF six-speed automatic with paddle shifters as an option.
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Under the body cladding is a space frame chassis that consists of extruded and folded sheet aluminum with integrated side-impact and rollover bars. According to Spyker, the new chassis is lighter and 10 percent stiffer than the outgoing model. Suspension is supplied by Lotus, consisting of front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension, coilover dampers and forged aluminum pieces.
Lurking behind the 19-inch wheels are AP Racing brakes and carbon ceramic units are available as an option.
The Spyker C8 Preliator will be produced in Coventry, U.K., and will be limited to just 50 units.
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