Spyker has made quite a splash in Monterey, debuting the convertible version of the B6 Venator that was shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The droptop, officially named the Spyker B6 Venator Spyder Concept, which had essentially been confirmed for both production and a Pebble Beach debut stays quite true to the coupe's form.

The looks and interior are largely carryovers from the hardtop, aside from Spyker's Latin mission statement, "Nulla tenaci invia est via" or "For the tenacious no road is impassable," stapled on the faring behind the seats. It still sports the same "Turbofan" wheels and V-shaped grille, while a 375-horsepower V6 is mounted amidships.

Also like the B6 Coupe, the Venator Convertible is essentially a production-ready prototype. Spyker is hoping to churn out the droptops later in 2014, with initial sales slated in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and India. The B6 should hit the US market early in 2015, with pricing estimated at around $150,000. Scroll down for the official press release.
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SPYKER UNVEILS B6 VENATOR SPYDER CONCEPT

Spyker N.V. ("Spyker") today revealed the Spyder version of its new exotic sports car, the Spyker B6 Venator, at a press conference in Pebble Beach, California.

Just five months after unveiling the B6 Venator Coupe Concept to rave reviews at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show, Spyker – creator of meticulously hand built automobiles whose beauty is equaled only by their unrivaled craftsmanship – made waves on the other side of the Atlantic. Today the brand introduced the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept, a unique alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector, via a press conference at The Quail Motorsports Gathering in Pebble Beach, California. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept is the eagerly awaited convertible execution of Spyker's compact, 2-door mid-engine sports car that will offer the discerning driver of the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, performance and exclusivity. Chief Executive Officer Victor R. Muller chose The Quail as the site for the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept's worldwide premiere because, "It is the car's natural habitat. Car enthusiasts from around the globe descend upon exquisitely beautiful Pebble Beach for the Concours d'Elegance weekend, and The Quail Motorsports Gathering is the most exclusive event of all." Designed by Muller, the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept incorporates vintage cues of the brand's aviation past, highly detailed design and bespoke materials into a defiantly contemporary statement that could only come from Spyker. The company's Latin axiom "Nulla tenaci invia est via" – "For the tenacious no road is impassable" – is tastefully featured on the exterior. The name "Venator" is Latin for "Hunter," a nod back to Spyker's "Hunter" fighter aircraft of the early 20th century.

Exterior highlights include:

The trademark radiator grille's mesh is V-shaped, referencing Spyker models of the previous century. The 1903 Spyker logo harkens back to an era when Spyker built racers such as the amazing 60HP.

The headlights, equipped with LED light rails, give the car an aggressive stance.

The 3D LED rear lights are akin to the iris-type after burners of a jet engine from a modern fighter aircraft.

The brake light has been sculpted into the rear panel design to ensure smooth, flowing design lines.

Elegantly aggressive 19" TurbofanTM wheels are shown in mirror polish finish.

The brand's axiom "Nulla tenaci invia est via" – which translates to "For the tenacious no road is impassable" – is shown on the fairings.

Interior highlights include:

Interior surroundings crafted from the finest materials are unusually open and airy for a sports car, akin to an aeroplane cockpit. The leather is sourced from the Litano range produced by the Royal Hulshof Dutch Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands. Hulshof uses only West European first choice bull hides and a special tanning process that produces the beautifully rich colour palette.

The red cover on the ignition switch evokes the spirit of starting an aeroplane, as does the dashboard that lights up as part of the 'pre-flight check.' The dashboard is shown with a turned aluminium fascia, similar to those seen on Spykers of the 1920s.

Pressing the engine start button brings to life a powerful V6 engine that delivers 375+ bhp.

The trademark exposed gear change mechanism was inspired by early aircraft controls from Spyker's aviation heritage.

Body:

All carbon fibre

Chassis:

All aluminium platform

Engine:

Engine mount position: rear-mid

Engine orientation: transverse mounted V6

Max power: 375+ bhp

Drivetrain:

Drivetrain type: RWD

Transmission: 6-spd automatic

Dimensions:

Overall length: 4347 mm

Width (ex mirrors): 1882 mm

Wheelbase: 2500 mm

Kerb weight: under 1400 kg

The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept will begin production in late 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in early 2015. The introduction of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR Concept at Geneva earlier this year marked the beginning of a new era for the brand, one that will include a significant increase in production led by a management team that has never been stronger.

The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept represents the next key step on that path, which is being spearheaded by Muller and his Chief Commercial Officer John Walton. Together, Muller and Walton are leading a passionate team that is supremely dedicated to creating unique and beautiful high-performance sports luxury cars.

According to Walton, "Reaction to the coupe version in Geneva was so overwhelmingly positive that we accelerated our initial plan to deliver the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept. This is an exquisite drop-top that begs to be driven on the Pacific Coast Highway – yet will provide more exclusivity than any other sports car it will pass on the road." The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept will provide the authentic Spyker experience – hand-crafted rarity that is as visceral to view as it is to drive – at a more accessible price point of approximately $150,000. "The SPYKER B6 VENATOR COUPE and SPYDER Concepts are the immediate future of Spyker," said Muller.


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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      why does their design look so amateurish now?!
      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are still making the same car they've always made,only the design has taken a step backwards from a not very advanced place to begin with. Juvenile surfacing embellished with chrome accents on everything just really isn't doing it for me. And the airplane motifs are very dated. Spyker just needs to go away. I've never even read one road test of a Spyker. Do they have any sporting credentials at all?
      Britt Benston
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see a lot of 458 Italias and Aventadors here in Los Angeles. Saw my first Spyker the other day, parked on Melrose. It was a C8 Laviolette -- not even their prettiest car. It has real presence in person, with a lower than expected height, fantastically turned out details and a back section that is different than everything else. Bottom line, seeing a car in person is different. It's not fair to judge something without firsthand knowledge.
      ts_st1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just a lightly re-skinned Artega GT. And Spyker...come on. How long have we been waiting for something like the Spyker Peking-to-Paris later D12, later renamed D8, and which will be shown in a new concept form in 2014, eight years after their first concept... Vicotor Muller is still thinking he can get 3billion (!) back from GM from its Saab debacle, when will they pull the plug on this stupid firm. Remember the spyker f1 team, etc etc PS. They will also delist from the Amsterdam stock exchange after failing to restructure and have gotten warnings to do so twice.
      Stephen Mihalik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who in their right mind would pay $150,000 for this? Besides the uniqueness of owning a Spyker, there is no good reason to buy this car. It looks like it was designed buy one of those fly-by-night supercar company's that make a concept in photoshop, but file for bankruptcy before the first car rolls off the production line. Nearly any other similarly priced convertible would be a better choice.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      mikeymac
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lighting really isn't making the angles of this thing look very good. Looks completely different in the studio pics and idk if thats a good thing or not..
      sailloco
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a TVR. What qualifys this thing as a "supercar" The price?
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised at all the negative comments here. IMHO, that's a reasonable price for a low volume car like this. You don't buy a Spyker to win drag races.
      Ace Convoy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reading this at work (on break) co-worker just asked me what the heck is a Spyker... I'm gonna feel the same way if they bring this 360 Modena knock-off to market...
      DC5
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fit and finish looks good. The design is nice and simple. Its nothing outlandish but could be better.
      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Engine seems a little underpowered. Looks like it always has? But I really like the Spyker badge.
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