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Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris ‘SSUV’ Development On Track

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Despite Spyker’s management reshuffles and purchase of Saab, the Dutch sports car company remains confident of launching several new models of its own in coming years. Already we’ve seen the introduction of the long-wheelbase C8 Aileron and C8 Aileron Spyder, but soon we may be able to add a new ‘Super Sport Utility Vehicle’ (SSUV for short) to that list in the form of the production version of 2006’s D12 Peking-to-Paris concept car.

Speaking at this week’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Spyker CEO Victor Muller explained that development would now be accelerated using technology and engineering know-how borrowed from Saab.

With this latest model, Spyker will be focusing on the East European market for the first time, as well emerging markets like China and the Middle East. Many of the roads in these markets are often in poor condition and nearly impossible to navigate with low-slung supercars, thus buyers have been demanding performance vehicles with offroad capability. One of the key reasons we’ve seen vehicles like the new X6 and the more recent Aston Martin Lagonda Concept.

Not much is known about Spyker’s new SSUV but designers have reportedly decided to change the originally planned powerplant from a Volkswagen-sourced 6.0-liter W-12 engine to something from America--with GM’s LS line of V-8s most likely on the cards, hence a possible name change to D8.

[Autocar]

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  1. Does anybody care?
     
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  2. No, not with something that ugly.
     
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  3. I remember when this car first broke cover and talking to a local Spyker dealer (Silicon Valley Auto Group, to be precise) he said to me "Sure there bloody ugly but I could sell them to rappers all day long" No accounting for taste I guess.
    Then again, I like them but mostly because they're definitely a conversation starter....
     
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  4. It's been a while, by the time this hits the dealer this would be dated. What's the automotive world coming to? Are the consumers really that confused about whether to buy a sports car or a SUV? With the cars coming out these days, the Beemer X6, Acura ZDX, and now may be this, the list is getting longer. What's next a Porsche Cayenne SSUV?
     
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  5. That's gonna be the ugliest car in town
     
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  6. I love Spykers, but not this one. I suppose at least it's different. Interesting choice of engines, what do the regular Spyker supercars use? Couldn't they use those?
     
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  7. This is the most dorkalicious design I've seen in a couple years. The US market (maybe 20 vehicles) for this would consist of LA and NYC. White sidewalls mandatory, with the option to chrome the entire exterior. For Russia and China this could be a viable oligarchmobile with bulletproof glass, turret on top and able to survive an IED (maybe 50 vehicles).
     
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  8. This is one hot looking vehicle!
     
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