Geneva 2016: Spyker C8 Preliator Debut


Iv’e never been a fan of Spyker’s design language, or cars of that matter. But I always thought of them as unique cars that aren’t really trying to be anything else, they don’t share anything with current cars being manufactured by other makers and they truly represent their own unique design language that sets them apart.

With that being said, the new Spyker C8 Preliator is Spyker’s first model to bring back the company after recent challenges during 2014, the Preliator is set to address short term operational and liquidity challenges that rose during that year. The styling of the Spyker C8 Preliator was paying tribute to the company’s aviation heritage referring to the C8 as some sort of road jet that doesn’t have wings – the word “Preliator” means warrior or fighter in Latin, it was literally used to refer to the crisis that Spyker went through and how they are fighting through it with a warriors spirit.


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But what powers the beast? The Spyker C8 Preliator gets its powerhouse from Audi, the 4.2-liter V-8 to be specific but with a supercharger to bring power all the way up to 518 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque – the engine features a DOHC design with five valves per cylinder head and a great stainless steel exhaust system that has active bypass valves. You also have the option to chose between an optional automatic ZF-6 speed automatic or a standard rear-mounted six-speed Getrag manual transmission both of which feature the beautiful spyker style exposed gear linkage.



The space frame chassis in the Spyker C8 Preliator is lighter, 10-percent stiffer than the outgoing model. Suspension features a double-wishbone independent front and rear unit supplied by Lotus with forged aluminum bits and coil-over dampers.

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The wheels are 19-inch (front and back) covered in Michelin tires that measure 295/35/19 in the back and 235/35/19 in the front with carbon ceramic rotors and an AP Racing brake setup – the car is sure to stop pretty well. Spyker also worked on improving the overall aerodynamics of the Spyker C8 Preliator with small ailerons and winglets added to the fron splitter and side skirts, a NACA duct on the roof and a redesigned rear diffuser.


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