If you thought the recently unveiled Spyker B6 Venator held a few familiar lines, you aren't alone. The keen-eyed crew at AutoBild noticed the new Swedish sportscar looks an awful lot like the new defunct Artega GT. The German manufacturer went bankrupt last year and may have sold off the GT platform to pay off its debts. Given the fact that the B6 Venator cropped up fairly quickly, critics assumed Spyker grabbed the machine's platform from some outside source rather than build the car's bones in house. Putting two and two together doesn't take a sleuth, but Spyker is remaining tight-lipped about the situation.

Autoblog reached out to Spyker for a comment, but company spokesperson Ali Gogarty simply said, "I apologize that I can't be more help, but at this time it is just too early to comment on any specific details beyond what is in our press release."

That's pretty far from an outright denial, but it's also well short of a confirmation, too. The similarities between the B6 Venator and the Artega GT could be more than just skin deep, however. Both creations make use of a V6 engine mounted amidships, and while Spyker has yet to say where the six-cylinder engine in the B6 hails from, Artega used Volkswagen powerplants.


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      Rob Latino
      • 1 Year Ago
      the top car has longer wheel base. you just resized the bottom picture so that it looks like they have same wheel base. also cars that share the same platform typically have the same a pilar and b pilar. you guys must have run out of things to write today and had to fill the quota with SOMETHING.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      you can say its pretty derivative but I dont think we are seeing any badge engineering. it doesnt share any body panels, the roof, doors and glas are significantly different. Its better fabricated than this story, thats for sure.
      sparrk
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Artega is a lot shorter.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sparrk
        It's shorter on the ends, not so much in the wheelbase, which is where it "matters." You can style a nose and tail of a shared platform to be just about anything you want, but the "hard points" will always tell the tale. However, the wheelbase of the Artega GT is 2,460 mm while the B6 press release says it's 2,500 mm. That's a difference of 1.6 inches, which isn't exactly a whole lot.
      Sol
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Spyker has a longer wheel base so I have doubts on it being just a re-skinned Artega GT
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does it matter?
      Georg
      • 1 Year Ago
      one question if Spyker would have gone the easy way by using a existing chassie and redesign the shape of it...why the heck should they change the mounting points of the brake calipers??????????? Two different cars... the Artega is much smaler than the Venator
      David Sundin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought it looked like the Evora as soon as I saw it, especially the glass house, which is expensive to change.
      Mondrell
      • 1 Year Ago
      \"Given the fact that the B6 Venator cropped up fairly quickly, critics assumed Spyker grabbed the machine\'s platform from some outside source rather than build the car\'s bones in house.\" Who cares? It\'s difficult for a low-volume manufacturer to design, engineer, and produce a car with world-class quality in-house and offer it at a price that doesn\'t doom them to shutting down three years from inception. I don\'t object to defraying some of the cost and difficulty by turning to an existing package, especially if its creator(s) are unable or unwilling to continue offering or supporting it through their own channels. It\'s not as if both parties aren\'t benefitting. In addition to the cash, Artega lives on in a sense through a kindred company. Meanwhile, Spyker\'s acquisition of a heralded and proven performance package bolsters their legitimacy and also provides them with a solid engineering foundation for future endeavors. Some of these same \'critics\' have lambasted Spyker for offering less total performance relative to other cars priced similarly to theirs. If true, this move could have the long-term implication of facilitating Spyker cars that are as captivating to drive as they are to look at.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      mawhalen53
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Artega was designed by Fisker - you can spot some of his style through the car.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      the scale is completely different........ who comes up with these things?
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would a re-skinned car have the brakes mounted in a different location?
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