The news comes from recently appointed CEO Hans Hugenholtz, who told reporters from MY Business Media that the C8 was kept because it's cheaper to produce than Spyker’s other models and its sales will be the basis of the carmaker’s turnaround plan. With the twelve-cylinder C12 LaTurbie no longer in production, Spyker will be wasting the significant investment it placed in tuning the Volkswagen-sourced 450 hp (336 kW) 6.0 W12 engines. There may be hope with the possibility of using the powerplant for the new D12 SSUV but chances of this happening are slim.
Production of the D12 SSUV has been delayed until the fourth quarter of next year and there isn’t even confirmation of who will build the car. One option is outsourcing production to Germany’s Karmann but nothing has been confirmed, said Hugenholtz.