Made in the UK, this two-seater faithfully reflects the tradition of the brand and offers a compelling alternative in the competitive market of European sportscars.
By Federico Tibytt
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.