Spyker has revealed in its annual report that it will reveal a convertible version of the Venator Concept revealed at Geneva 2013 – the Spyker B6 Venator Spyder.
Spyker has always promised much but not actually managed to deliver anything really significant. But there is promise in the new Spyker B6 Venator we saw at Geneva in March and which Victor Muller wants to see in production by next year.
But much of that will probably depend on real buyers stumping up real money to get on the waiting list for a car we still don’t know a great deal about (in particular what underpins it) but which does look good and manages to encompass Spyker’s traditional styling cues whilst still conspiring to look very current.
Now, buried amongst the latest financial report from Spyker – which shows no real turnover or profit, loans in to shares and an injection of cash from Youngman – comes the news that Victor is already getting a bit ahead of himself again with plans to reveal the B6 Venator Spyder later this year.
That looks a bit of a ‘run before you can walk’ scenario for Spyker – especially as Victor says production of the C8 Aileron will gather pace this year and the D8 Peking-to-Paris SUV will be a priority – but if Spyker can produce a Venator Spyder that looks as good as the coupe it may be the right way forward.
But perhaps it would make more sense to concentrate on getting the Venator in to buyers’ hands before they start playing with the Spyder version, and use the momentum those sales should generate (depending on the price point of the Venator Coupe which, at around £125k, seems a bit strong) to develop the D8 and B6 Spyder.
But Victor has always ploughed his own furrow, and if he can prise enough cash from China to launch the Venator, develop the Venator Spyder, ramp up production of the C8 and get the D8 SUV ready for market, he will.
It’ll be interesting to see what Spyker can deliver by the time the Frankfurt Motor Show arrives in September.