A Mechanical Beauty

The Spyker C8 Preliator marks the next step in Spyker Cars’ evolution. The 2-door mid-engine sports car will offer the discerning driver of the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, craftsmanship, performance, and exclusivity. Read on to find out what more is in store.

The contemporary design of C8 Preliator’s is even more heavily inspired by Spyker’s aviation heritage than any of their previous models with a clear emphasis on the typical aircraft air intakes, the so-called NACA ducts, and represents the latest evolution of Spyker’s signature architecture.


In order to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car, several changes in styling were made so as to reduce drag such as the replacement of the air scoop on the canopy by a NACA duct. Small ailerons were added to the front splitter and side skirts to redirect the airflow optimally. The shark-like gills have been abandoned, which results in a cleaner, smoother appearance. The glass canopy has a reflective gold coating applied to it as used in jet fighters. The trademark V-shaped grille with honeycomb mesh is now characterised by the central pillar first seen on the Spyker B6 Venator concept car in 2013. Also, the rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. Small winglets mounted on the front splitter and side skirts optimise the airflow.

The C8 Preliator’s dimensions have been optimised, the car is longer than its predecessor, providing for more driving comfort and stability at high speeds. Spyker has put tremendous efforts in the space frame performance of the C8 Preliator, specifically the structure’s efficiency. The utilisation of modern finite element and numerical optimisation methods has allowed Spyker’s engineers to arrive at an exceptionally stiff structure of 24.000Nm/degree, a 10% improvement over the previous model. Rigid-node and load-path technology has been employed in order to ensure that the minimum amount of aluminium is used to achieve this performance, thus reducing the overall weight of the vehicle. Its eight cylinder, double overhead camshaft supercharged engine has five valves per cylinder and a volume of 4.2 litres. In this application, it musters power and torque figures of 518 bhp (525 PS/386 kW) at 6800 rpm and 600 Nm (443 lbft/61.2 kgm) at 3500 rpm respectively.


The C8 Preliator has more interior space, which results in a higher comfort level and improved ergonomics. The interior, with its typical Spyker attention to detail, is made of the highest quality leather available in the market.