Spyker B6 Venator Spyder
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.
Unveiled at Pebble Beach - the world’s largest gathering of deep-pocketed car enthusiasts - the Spyder shares the same basic form as its hard-topped sibling, but offers more opportunity to show off the firm’s remarkable interior styling.
Loosely inspired by aviation design (the company can trace its origins back to 1880 and the early days of aircraft manufacture in the 20th century), Spyker has garnered a reputation for detail design that goes above and beyond its rivals. The Venator (Latin for ’hunter’) nods to aircraft design - the ’jet nozzles’ of the tail lamps are a trick used by American designers in the 1950s - but also lavishes metal surfaces, bespoke switchgear and the signature gearstick mounting on the car’s interior.
Quilted leather (sourced from the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries), turned aluminium and a carbon fibre body all add up to a statement of automotive individuality. The company is aiming at a price of around $150,000 when the car takes off in late 2014.