Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Spyker previews B6 Venator ahead of Geneva debut

Dutch boutique automaker Spyker will return to the Geneva Motor Show after a two-year hiatus to unveil a concept called B6 Venator.  The word venator translates to "hunter" in Latin, and it was the nickname given by the Dutch to fighter jets during World War I.

The lone image published by Spyker confirms that the Venator takes the form of an aerodynamic two-seater coupe that borrows design cues such as its wide grille and its sleek headlights from the C8 Aileron, the company's only model at the time of writing.  The car tips the scale at about 3,080 pounds thanks to a carbon fiber body and an aluminum chassis.

The B6 Venator is roughly the same size as a Porsche Boxter, but CEO Victor Muller has made it clear that he is not interested in taking on the popular German roadster.

"Anybody who says they're going to build a Porsche killer is crazy," said Muller in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

The B6 is powered by a mid-mounted gasoline-burning V6 that makes 375 horsepower.  The engine's provenance was not disclosed but rumors indicate that it was pulled out of the Lotus Evora parts bin.

When it goes on sale, the B6 Venator will cost anywhere between €125,000 (about $162,000) and €150,000 (roughly $195,000).  Spyker hopes to build several hundred examples of the car.

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