The Dutch brand Spyker has just introduced the latest version of its model Spyker C8, the new “Preliator”, which features impressive and elegant exterior lines, dazzling interior design, and a fantastic Audi V8 turbo engine of 4,200 ccs and 518 horsepower. This advanced mechanism allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km in 3.7 seconds (0/62 mph) and reach a maximum speed of 323 km/h (201 mph).
Founded in 1880, Spyker is a carmaker that initially specialized in the construction and repair of carriages. In fact, one of the company’s most important milestones is having built in 1901 the solid gold carriage for the Dutch crown, which is still used in the coronation ceremonies.
But a passion for mechanics led the brand to build its first car in 1898. Just five years after, they created the famous Spyker with 60 HP. The car would become the first in history to have a 6-cylinder engine.
With the outbreak of the World War I, the company started its foray into the aviation industry, manufacturing combat planes and more than two hundred engines for various aircraft while continuing the production of different models of sporting family cars until 1925, when it closed its doors.
In 2000, a group of mostly British investors bought the business and recovered its legacy to undertake the construction of limited edition super sports cars.
The Preliator features a wide hood preceded by the imposing front grille that distinguishes the brand’s models. On the front of the car, the air inlets and wings are perfectly featured, and the ailerons improve the car`s aerodynamic performance—the elongated lights give it an aggressive and contemporary personality.
The interior of the Preliator is incredibly opulent. With the aesthetic of a classic aircraft, the driver will enjoy hand-stitched leather upholstery, combined with an aluminum dashboard full of clocks, buttons, and vintage-style small levers. And a Spyker wouldn’t be complete without exposed shift linkage or floor-mounted pedals that look as if they belonged on a race car.
The unique interior finished with materials of excellent quality is complemented by the HEAD UP display (translucent digital projections) on the windshield, which include cutting-edge features such as GPS, multimedia with wireless synchronization and a computer.
The new Spyker—currently manufactured in the UK—faithfully reflects the tradition of the brand and offers a compelling alternative in the competitive European market of super sports cars. ■