• Apr 9, 2009
Things are finally starting to turn around for Dutch boutique supercar manufacturer Spyker. Sales nearly doubled last year (from a paltry 26 to just 43, but still) and new models like the LM85 and C8 Aileron are getting a lot of attention. It seems things are so good that the company is finally starting to work on the production version of its Peking-to-Paris SSUV, if this spy shot courtesy of Autogespot is any indication. Although the mule is little more than a stretched Land Rover with a Lotus suspension, the production D12 or D8 will look more like the Michiel van den Brink-penned superguppy we've seen at auto shows over the past couple of years. It might seem like bad timing to launch a high-powered luxury SUV in this global economy, but it didn't stop Aston Martin from showing off the new Lagonda either. Nulla tenaci invia est via, indeed.

This $300k super-sport-utility-vehicle could be powered by either a 500-hp W12 engine in D12 guise, or an American V8 as the D8. The heavy use of aluminum means it will be lighter than it looks, and suspension tuning from Lotus should keep it well-planted, even in the twisties. Not that anyone aside from Spyker historians remember, or even care, but the Peking-to-Paris model is meant to commemorate Spyker's participation in the 1907 cross-country race of the same name. If it ever does reach showrooms, expect the vast majority to be sold in the Middle East, Russia and China, although a couple might make it Stateside. We think it would be a fun stablemate for someone's Lamborghini LM002.




[Source: Autogespot]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's taken them quite a while since the concept appeared... But yeah, the rich people just can't stand the lack of a super-expensive SUV to put alongside their super-expensive Italian supercars and Rolls Royces.

      Hey, Angelina Jolie needs to do the school-run too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      3 letters: WTF
        • 5 Years Ago
        Der Kommasars rad ride is here!
        • 5 Years Ago
        dear god. what is that.... THING.

        even as a test mule i cant imagine a vehicle with those proportions/stance or wheel/tire combo.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Spyker is easily my favorite exotic car maker and as such I have always been their biggest cheerleader. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the ultra stylish automaker.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may sound ridiculous, but i'm strangely attracted to this test mule.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a joke, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the luxury car the Clampetts would drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is just a mule, it's obviousy not going to look like this silly ;P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who buys that Spyker crap - overpriced mediocre cars with no heritage, horrible interiors and design, which is simply a recycled Maserati Spyder with a crazy number of half-pipes and pipes driven through its body.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No heritage?
        Spyker (then called Spijker) won 2nd spot at the 1907 Paris to Peking rally during which one of the brothers Spijker died. The two brothers also build the golden horse drawn carriage the Dutch queen still rides. And their biggest feat: Spijker engineered and build the world's first four wheel drive car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good afternoon Mr. Spijker, the founder! Then of course you must know that the company has no relations to the previous Spyker, don't you?! Just like Russo-Baltique has no relations or links to the original, but trying to play on the brand rights they purchased.

        So the company is really a no-name that "borrowed" design from Maserati and decided that driving half-pipes through its body will be the best way to creatively modify Maserati's design and make something "new". The interior that looks like a washed-out couch with a no-purpose shift-schtick going through the middle of the car.

        If I wanted the car that look like that, I'd choose 2004 Maserati. At least it would be the original, not a replica. At least Maserati doesn't put BS messages on their sites in bold letters claiming "The racing and aviation heritage of the early cars has been carried over to the contemporary Spykers"
        • 5 Years Ago
        My last name is Spijker, and as such I am very familiar with its history.
        A lot of people will argue that Indian motorcycles has a lot of heritage even though the current Indian brand has no other relation to the original Indian. That's all I'm saying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well you have to start somewhere...you can't just start a company and have immediate heritage. Whether what WS said is true or not. What about when Ferrari or Lamborghini started?

        That being said, I hate the concept. I like the other Spykers and I actually like the test mule lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hottest test mule ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
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