Interests were piqued when Spyker unveiled the B6 Venator concept at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. And then again with the debut of the convertible version at Pebble Beach in August. But aside from revealing that the compact sportscar is powered by an unspecified V6 with 375 horsepower, the niche automaker from Holland didn't reveal much in the way of details.

That lead to a stream of speculation, including that the B6 was essentially either a Lotus Evora underneath or a rebodied version of the aborted Artega GT. But somewhere along the line, if Spyker expects customers to pony up $150,000 for its new sportscar, it knew it would have to provide a bit more in the way of details. And that's just what it has done.

Reports coming in from Europe indicate that Spyker chief Victor Muller sent out a letter to prospective buyers that reveals the source of the Venator's power: a 3.5-liter supercharged V6, based on Toyota architecture and tuned by Lotus. In other words, the same engine that powers the Evora S and Exige S. In those forms, it produces 345 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque – a good 30 horses shy of Spyker's original claim. Whether that means the Venator itself is also based on Lotus architecture is another matter.

The letter also apparently revealed that Spyker would offer a limited run of 100 launch editions that will include a clock embedded into a turned aluminum dashboard as well as a matching wristwatch, both specially crafted for Spyker by Chronoswiss. Production is expected to begin a little over a year from now.


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      ImUrOBGYN
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's wrong with it having a Toyota engine? As someone mentioned, 375hp is 375hp whether it's "Toyota" hp, "Ferrari" hp or "BMW" hp. I guess if you still have a problem with what is an essentially well-built engine (2GR-FE), then I guess you have a problem with reliable, relatively cheap to fix horsepower.
      LynxFX
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Lotus Evora has had its share of problems since launch. However, its Toyota sourced engine has not been one of them. This is good for Spyker and for potential owners. Hopefully they can tweak a bit more power than what is currently in the Evora S.
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Evora is a great machine, and very underrated. If they want to make an even better version, then what is the problem? Looks great, will drive like a lotus, and plenty of power. All good.
        LynxFX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Drives like a lotus and with the interior detail of a Spyker. Pretty good deal for $150k.
          dearest rat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LynxFX
          Though it hath the heart of a Lotus, I dare to think that it doth not handle like one.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        I think that if they restyled it to look like their Elan concept, it would triple sales. The chassis is great indeed.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      So its packing Toyota power?
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      People need to understand that from a power to the wheels perspective, a Toyota hp is not less powerful than a Lamborghini hp. So all a buyer needs to know is how much power the car makes, how much it weighs and how quickly it can shift taking into account that the manufacturer is being honest about the specs (without honesty there is no trust). I personally wouldn’t drop $150k on this but if someone is happy with its performance, styling and interior then source of the engine will not be a deal breaker unless you’re insane.
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      Eggshen
      • 1 Year Ago
      $150,000 for a Toyota V-6...but wait there is more! You also get a "clock embedded into a turned aluminum dashboard as well as a matching wristwatch". Oh boy! I guess if you have money to burn this is one thing to burn it on.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original Spyker was a gorgeous car. Though better thought out, the follow up to it, was not as cool looking and this is just sorta yuck. Spyker has some cool ideas but this isn't one of them.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would anybody buy a conversion kit that costs 150k?
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        Well not quite. It gets you a car that finishes the quarter in the 12's and does 0-60 around 4s flat. Sure there are cars that can do it cheaper but you can easily find cars that will go around a track slower for more money so that's not particularly that big of a deal.
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        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        Of course it does. Now first you have to understand what this means because there is nothing inherently wrong with modern Toyota engines. Lotus has been using Toyota engines in the Elise, Evora and Exige for quite some time now without issues. Based on all existing evidence this car is likely based on the Lotus Evora. By extension, it shares the Evora’s drivetrain which happens to use a Toyota V6 tuned by Lotus. Supercharged to 375hp of course.
          CarNutMike
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
          All fine but if Spyker is saying it's "based on Toyota architecture" as the article says rather than "a Toyota engine" (which it is), that's weaksauce. The Toyo powertrain is a minus for me, personally. I want my "exotic sports car" to be, well, exotic. An off-the-shelf third party engine is not that. The whole personality of a car starts with its engine. Should Ferrari source some Lexus engines? Lotus is (or was) quite capable of building their own engines. An NA version of the 3.5L used in the later Esprits would have been awesome in the Evora. I can only assume they were either prohibitively expensive or had some fundamental issue that would require an expensive redesign.
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