We met up with the well travelled Viktor Muller at The Quail gathering at Monterey and talked turkey regarding the re-entry of Spyker production cars in the United States. He was showing off the running prototype of his new B6 Venator Spyder with 375-horsepower supercharged V6.
Although the definitive pricing for these “more accessible” Spykers has yet to be announced, Muller tells us that the target for the new spyder is $150,000, while the previously introduced Venator hardtop will shoot for $140,000. Production numbers for the Venator lineup per year are set currently at 500 for each bodystyle. The United States remains a huge market for Spyker’s future, roughly 25 percent of total production, while China will take 25 percent, and the Middle East 25 percent, the rest divied up between Germany, the UK and the rest.
Mr. Muller was less forthcoming on who provides the supercharged V6, though we’d have to think of Audi or Jaguar as likely candidates. (To which spokespeople tell us Audi would be a wrong guess.) Nearly all engineering R&D for the powertrain and chassis is provided by Lotus Engineering, so this could be one fine ride if they let it be.
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