Things haven’t gone to plan for Spyker as of late. The Dutch manufacturer's failed in its attempts to rescue Saab, and has since been planning its own comeback from a limbo of limited production, financial uncertainty and general questions about its existence. This return to the headlines comes in the form of a two-door, mid-engined sports car called the B6 Venator Concept — a machine, Spyker says, it will ship to the United States in the fall of 2014.
The name Venator is Latin for "hunter," giving a nod to the “Hunter” fighter aircraft that the original Spyker firm built early in the 20th century. It is equipped with a 375-hp V-6 engine meshed to a six-speed automatic gearbox, with a carbon-fiber body bolted to an aluminum chassis.
Aesthetically, the B6 Venator shines. The grille mesh is V-shaped, referencing Spyker models of old, and giant air scoops sit above the rear fender-flares. It looks simple, yet elegant. Clean, yet fast. Weighing little over 3,000 lbs. it isn’t exactly featherweight, but it certainly isn’t heavy either, meaning it will most definitely deliver a sizeable punch.
The handcrafted B6 Venator Concept will be priced around $125,000 to $150,000, and is Spyker’s CEO Victor R. Muller’s attempt at proving their company motto correct: “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – “For the tenacious no road is impassable.” If Spyker can actually build the Venator — as it has not done with previous European concepts — and can sell them in volume amid the Porsches and AMGs of the world, then its motto will have been well-earned.