All-New Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder Has A 600HP Koenigsegg-Developed Engine

Spyder took everyone by surprise at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, not just by unveiling the all-new C8 Preliator Spyder, but also by announcing an engine supply agreement with Koenigsegg.

Developed specifically to meet the Dutch company’s needs, the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 lump will be installed in both version of the supercar, replacing the Audi V8 powertrain from the coupe.

I have known Victor and Spyker for way over a decade, and we obviously share the passion for handcrafted and bespoke automobiles“, said Christian von Koenigsegg. “It gives us great pleasure to work with Spyker to design and produce an engine specifically for them that will suit the handcrafted, luxurious, and high-performance nature of all Spyker cars. In terms of performance, the introduction of our light, responsive, and powerful engine will transform the driving experience of the Preliator.

With 5,065cc, it produces a maximum of 600 PS (592 HP) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, pushed to the wheels through a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox. Going from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes as little as 3.6 seconds, while top speed stands at 322 km/h (201 mph).

Moreover, the Dutch supercar is also fitted with a Lotus Cars-supplied fully independent suspension, whose components are made of forged aluminum where possible, to keep its weight down.

Spyker offers the new C8 Preliator Spyder with a semi-automatic electric/hydraulic-operated canvas soft-top. Secured by one central latch, operated manually, it folds completely within the body of the car, and is hidden by an aluminum tonneau, with two buttresses upholstered in quilted Litano leather, as the rest of the interior, featuring the company’s motto: ‘Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via’ (For the tenacious, no road is impassable). The soft-top has a glass rear window and can be ordered in one of the eight colors available.

Bar the chopped roof and the addition of rollover bars, the rest of the exterior remains in the same vein as the C8 Preliator Coupe, although the automaker did add a new color called Ascot Bronze, which is part of the 34 standard shades. This, along with the19-inch alloy wheels in a couple of patterns and finishes, and 15 standard colors available for the leather interior, should satisfy the needs of prospective buyers for personalization.

Spyker’s new C8 Preliator Spyder will be offered as standard with a premium sound system, in addition to the digital DAB+ radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, gesture controlled head-up display, and others.

Production of the drop-top exotic will begin next summer, and it will be assembled in Coventry, UK, alongside the Coupe. Only 100 units will be made, and each one will retail from €403,500 (equal to $429,000), without options and taxes. Customers will also get to order a 5-piece luggage set made by Louis Vuitton, especially for Spyker.


  • Mind Synthetic

    why is this brand around, its so unimaginative and dull

    • TheHake

      Have you seen one in the flesh? They are a historic brand with fantastic, SUPER exclusive cars, hand-made to perfection.

      • donald seymour

        Please preach to him, because he really doesn’t understand that at the core of craftsmanship, this was the brand that started it all. Not Pagani, not Koenigsegg, and not even Bugatti, but this car is what started the quality to execution of materials. And that’s real.

        • Charles Lane

          You are a bit misleading at best. Spyker, the original iteration of the company was started in 1880 till its demise in 1925. Only to be resurrected in naming rights only in 1999. Much like Bugatti which was started in 1909 and went out of business in 1963, VW, has naming rights to the firm only the History associated with it isn’t their intellectual property at any capacity.

          Now with that being said to Pagani and Koenigsegg started in 1992 1994 respectively both predate the modern iteration of Spyker and are the only current manufacture, on your list stated, that actually own their heritage.

          • donald seymour

            True, very true, I thought of that but I didn’t consider it when explaining to him about heritage. Because I believe heritage is trivial if the execution isn’t there.

        • europeon

          The problem is the craftsmanship is not matched by a worthy design. Some designs are timeless, but some don’t age very well.

          • donald seymour

            Can you elaborate a little bit more, because I kinda don’t understand your stance. What do you mean by craftsmanship is not matched by the design?

          • europeon

            What is there to understand? The whole car looks horrible – dull and unimaginative if you want.

          • donald seymour

            Wow, well I disagree. If think so then great for you.

          • Vassilis

            I found the C8 Laviolette to be a very good looking car.

    • donald seymour

      I had to make sure that I repost this so you can understand. You really don’t understand that at the core of craftsmanship, this was the brand that started it all. Not Pagani, not Koenigsegg, and not even Bugatti, but car is what started the quality to execution of materials. And that’s real.

      • Mind Synthetic

        dont see any heritage in this model, like all greats its nothing but a brand name

        • donald seymour

          Bruh, forget heritage. Do Koenigsegg have heritage? Do Pagani have heritage? No, they don’t. Both of them are roughly 20 years old give or take. That being said it is about the execution and craftsmanship. Go to and look up Spyker.

          • TheHake

            Spijker is 137 year old…

          • donald seymour

            The name plate is, but to be completely honest not the car. When I honestly think of heritage, I think of continuation, not dropping off for 80 years and coming back like nothing never happened.

          • Status

            Just like Bugatti.

    • Kaisuke971

      Wtf this is one of the most unique looking cars on the market inside and out, plus it has an NA Koenigsegg engine now. The real question is: why is not this brand bigger ?

    • Maher

      People are attacking you but in the same time giving you validity for your comment.
      They are saying we must accept things and admire them simply because of the brand’s history. How about a no? I don’t see Bentley stuck on their old designs, neither are Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, etc… This thing looks hideous for today’s standards, with it’s overused styling which was a meh to start with.

    • Mind Synthetic

      BLAH BLAH its still FUGLY, dull unrefined design, i see no craftsmanship in this, you all want craftsmanship look at 1930s and alike. 3d modeled, cnc machined materials don’t inspire craftsmanship.

      • donald seymour

        Well that’s your opinion and I appreciate it even though I don’t agree with it.

      • Astonman

        You’re confusing craftsmanship with design. If you ever get a chance to see one up close, the detailing, the craftsmanship is there. You just don’t like the design or styling of the car.

      • Status

        3D modeling and CNC machining doesn’t contribute to craftsmanship? You know nothing.

        • Mind Synthetic

          you are comparing a pile wood cut by a robot to a pile a wood cut by a person, which one cost more? you know nothing, craftsMAN

    • Six_Tymes

      lmao. your funny

  • TheHake

    From the brand that made the 1st 4wd car!

  • ErnieB

    The older models were way nicer.. the exterior looks really antiquated..

    • I agree, I was about to write the same thing.

  • fabri99

    I’ve always loved Spyker, but if they want to sell this kind of cars at this much money, they definitely need more than this.

    • Mark S

      They will sell all they can make.

      • fabri99

        I wouldn’t spend €400,000 for an old looking car tbh.

  • Six_Tymes

    This looks fantastic. Nice match up for the engines.

  • RDS Alphard

    So, is it a natural aspirated version of Koenigsegg’s current V8? Although this one is 5.1L unit though.
    I’ve always like Spyker but this one … I feel like the tail design is too busy for my liking.

  • Vítor

    What’s up with these random interior photos Carscoops? They are clearly not from the Spyker.

    • JohnCarscoop

      #Vitor, #AlesMou – Oops…they crept in by mistake.

  • AlesMou

    Photos of interior are from a different car.

  • XtremWize

    Is this the Koenigsegg Freevalve Technology engine?

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Attention to detail and a Koenigsegg engine, but I still find myself yawning. “Let’s throw in a 360 air duct right about here, boring rim designs, a little chrome fin here at the bottom, and 3… let’s make it 6 inch protruding tail lights. Yeah, and use a little bit of this and that wherever it will fit. Great. Now send it to production!”

  • SteersUright

    Another ugly Spyker that recalls previous ugly Spykers. How they’re still in the game boggles the mind.

  • The first brand in the world with a $x4 car !
    To bad is made in UK !

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