Spyker Returns to Geneva with the C8 Preliator
Published March 2, 2016
At the Geneva Motor Show an exhausting amount of super/hypercars are unveiled. This makes it difficult for even the largest manufacturers to stand out in the crowd. Sometimes gearheads should take the time to look at the smaller, boutique companies to see something truly unique. This is where the new Spyker C8 Preliator comes in. If you haven’t heard of Spyker before, you are forgiven. However, once you start perusing images of their unique, bespoke cars you may get addicted.
For the first time since its bankruptcy…err, re-organization in late 2014, Spyker returns to Geneva ready to make a splash and regain their place as one of the most unique luxury car makers in the world. However, at first glance of the zoomed out, front studio view I was a bit underwhelmed. I was expecting a huge scoop on the roof and more scoops sticking out the side like their previous models. What I saw in that particular photo looked more like a Lotus Evora. Not that I’m saying the Evora is a bad car, it just isn’t what I was expecting.
Upon closer inspection, the company’s usual design cues are still there, they have just been subdued which may not be a bad thing for Spyker. The CNC machined and LED emitting tail lights seemingly float in the surrounding mesh to emulate jet afterburners. On the roof a beautiful glass canopy with a reflective gold coating applied is shown, just like in a fighter jet. The roof scoop is still there, just smaller and poised behind the glass roof. After the massive air vents and other aircraft inspired touches, we have the 19” Turbofan™ wheels tying the design together.
When the door is opened to expose the interior, I feel as if Spyker’s founder should be saying “this is where the magic happens” as if he was on an episode of MTV Cribs. I say that because it is so unique and refined, there is nothing else like it. If there was a centerpiece in the Preliator it would be Spyker’s trademark polished gearshifter with exposed linkage. The aircraft theme continues with aluminum dials and switches mimicking a cockpit. A heads-up display now comes standard, though I would rather stare at the beautiful instrument cluster. The car on display at Geneva was dressed in saddle leather with white honeycomb stitching and an ivory headliner. However, in true bespoke fashion, any leather can be ordered as an option.
With all its impressive aircraft-inspired design cues, Spyker decided not power it with a jet engine. Instead, the C8 Preliator keeps the Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 from its Aileron predecessor, but now includes a supercharger for more power. This engine provides a respectable 525 bhp and 443 lb-ft of torque to propel the 3,065 pound Preliator 0-62 in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 201 mph. Spyker touts the C8 Preliator’s chassis as “the most efficient chassis in its (Spyker’s) history”. To do this, they use an impressive all-aluminum space frame while the body is made of carbon fiber.
The Spyker C8 Preliator is a beautiful car. Unique in its design it stands out from the crowd even at Geneva. After a rough couple years, it seems Spyker is poised to return to the bespoke, luxury car game and I hope they can stay afloat this time. Us gearheads don’t see cars like this every day (I’ve never seen a Spyker in person) and while they don’t have the most powerful engine or tout the fastest top speed they are a functional rolling work of art. With only 50 C8 Preliators to be made and a starting price of €324,900 Spyker is hoping this will be the re-birth of their quirky, bespoke car company.
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