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News Spyker Is Apparently Making a Comeback

Spyker Is Apparently Making a Comeback

Fresh investment in Dutch supercar builder Spyker could signal return

  • Spyker could be coming back according to a report

  • The company was founded in 1999

  • Spyker C8 and C12 were two supercars built by the Dutch company before it went under


If you were a car enthusiast in the early 2000s, you surely have heard about Spyker.

The Dutch company was founded in 1999 and produced two models, the C8 and the C12. The C8 was approved for North America in 2005 while the C12 was launched in two versions, La Turbie and Zagato, in 2006 and 2007.

Although Spyker made waves when it launched, the company only sold 290 models between 2000 and 2010. It’s best year came in 2006 with 94 cars sold.

Spyker C8 Preliator | Spyker
Spyker C8 Preliator | Spyker

Now, two businessmen are looking to bring back the Spyker brand according to a report by Autocar.

Russian billionaire Boris Rotenberg and partner Michail Pessis recently added Spyker to a portfolio of companies they own including SMP Racing and motorsport engineering firm BR Engineering.

Both men owned Spykers in the past and are apparently quite fond of the company and its unique design signature.

They will look to build two new cars and even an SUV. The first model to come out of the transaction could be the Spyker C8 Preliator which was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The SUV will be based on the D8 Peking-to-Paris SUV concept while the third model will be the B6 Venator. We could see a new Spyker as early as 2021, according to the report.

Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris | Spyker
Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris | Spyker

Although Spyker was a small company, it made waves in 2011 when it completed the purchase of Saab from General Motors. The investment turned out to be a mistake and Spyker went bust in 2015 and was forced to restructure.

The company stayed alive, however, and has now apparently received a second wind. We hope they keep the unique gear lever, by far the coolest feature in Spyker’s quirky design.

2007 Spyker C8 Laviolette
2007 Spyker C8 Laviolette

Spyker gear lever
Spyker gear lever | Spyker

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