Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Spyker C8 Preliator

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The exotic automaker has made the trip to Geneva to present its latest iteration – the Spyker C8 Preliator, which has made its official worldwide debut in front of the audience of the Swiss event.

The Dutch specialty marquee is going through a rough patch but that hasn’t stopped them from rising from the ashes just like the Phoenix and has displayed during the 86th edition of the Geneva Motor Show the C8 Preliator. This is the successor to the C8 Aileron and comes with an unsurprising and evolutionary design approach featuring NACA ducts as seen in the aviation industry. The shark-like gills have been axed now in favor of a sleeker styling and the grille packs a honeycomb mesh and a central pillar as seen on the 2013 B6 Venator concept. Spyker also reworked the rear diffuser to increase aerodynamic efficiency and the latter is also lifted by the small winglets fitted on the side skirts and front splitter. The rear has CNC-machined stainless steel LED taillights.

The C8 Preliator has been produced with an all-aluminum space frame chassis and the audi references continue with the powertrain being the well known supercharged 4.2-liter V8 that in this iteration packs 525 horsepower (386 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton meters) of torque. The standard transmission is a Getrag six-speed manual but there’s also an optional ZF six-speed automatic transmission. Performance wise, Spyker says the C8 Preliator will be able to run the 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in just 3.7 seconds and go up to a top speed of 201 mph (322 km/h). The 19-inch Turbofan wheels have been equipped with AP Racing brakes with four-piston calipers and owners can even go for the optional carbon ceramic braking system. Spyker said it will only build 50 units at a starting price of 324,900 euros for the manual model.