When Spyker showed its B6 Venator concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, it was easy to write off the shapely coupe as just another design exercise from a company struggling to find its niche (and even stay afloat in a changing market). The response to the B6 Venator, however, was overwhelmingly positive, leading the Dutch sports car brand to quickly confirm production and roll out the open-top B6 Venator Spyder concept at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance just a few months later.
Despite a number of headwinds, including recovering from a failed attempt to rejuvenate Saab, Spyker remains adamant it will be able to start B6 Venator production before the year is out. Today, we have our first look at a production-spec version of the car, which we’re glad to report looks almost identical to the stunning concept version.
We say almost identical because there are a few changes, likely developed during testing of prototype versions. For example, the fog light surrounds have been toned down and new vents added to the hood. The rear diffuser is also not as aggressive as on the concept, and it appears the fighter jet afterburner-inspired tail-lights don’t extend out as far. The production version also sports indicators and reflectors.
Like the concept, the production version will sit on a lightweight aluminum chassis (of unknown origin). Power will come from a mid-mounted 3.5-liter V-6 delivering at least 375 horsepower, and drive will be sent to the rear wheels only via a six-speed automatic transmission. Inside, you’ll find Spyker’s signature design elements such as a machine-turned aluminum dash, quilted leather trim, and an exposed gearshift mechanism that runs the length of the cabin.
Deliveries of the new B6 Venator are scheduled to commence spring 2015. Pricing is yet to be announced but Spyker has previously said the cars will cost between $125,000 and $150,000. If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of the first examples, you can reserve one via a unique bond program where each of 100 planned Spyker Venator Bonds issued will come with a chassis number.