The latest car from Spyker – the Spyker C8 Preliator – has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show as a re-boot of the C8 Aileron.
We reported back in January that Spyker were to be a surprise exhibitor at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and logic told us that could only mean one thing – an electric B6 Venator.
That’s because – in Spyker’s latest iteration – it’s partnered with US electric aviation experts Volta Volaré, so an electric take on the last new car we saw from Spyker seemed a given.
That view was reinforced when Spyker came out of the woodwork for a tease for Geneva, proclaiming the new car would be the Spyker C8 Preliator, and the shadowy image they teased us with had more than a hint of the B6 Venator, despite the ‘C8’ tag.
But now the C8 Preliator has been revealed in Geneva, and it’s not an electric B6 Venator at all, but a re-boot of the Spyker C8 Aileron, with a new name, some cosmetic titivation and more power.
The cosmetic overhaul means dropping the propeller details and bringing in NACA ducts, with the whole car getting a streamlined look, a hint of the B6’s nose and a look that’s still Aileron, but fresh.
Inside is still a glorious – and slightly incongruous – mix of metal, leather, toggle switches and an exposed gearbox linkage.
Under the skin the C8 Preliator still gets 4.2 litre Audi V8 power, but the supercharge ups the ante to 518bhp, enough to get to 62mph in 3.7 seconds and on to over 200mph.
Victor Muller says there are only going to be 50 C8 Preliators, and each will cost around £300k.