Koenigsegg V8 Engines To Power Spyker D8 SUV

Courtesy: Spyker Cars
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Remember the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris Concept SUV from 2006 Geneva Auto Show? Well, Spyker is going to put it into production and they are giving it a Koenigsegg engine.

Spyker Cars has emerged from the wreckage of the bankruptcy which nearly killed the brand in 2014. Things are better now. They have facility in Coventry, United Kingdom and have displayed the Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder in Geneva recently. They even went ahead and signed a deal with Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg.

The deal will see the Dutch carmaker’s Preliator range of cars getting engines from the renowned Swedish manufacturer. But things don’t end there as the normally-aspirated, 5.0-liter V8 engines provided by Koenigsegg will be powering not just the sports cars made by Spyker. The 600 hp-600 Nm units will be shoehorned into their upcoming SUV too.

You heard it right. Spyker is going to make and sell an SUV and we have seen it back in 2006 at the Geneva Auto Show. It was called the D12 Peking-to-Paris Concept then. A Volkswagen W12-engined sedan-SUV union which its makers were quite serious about putting into production. The plan didn’t take off since Spyker went through a lot of financial trouble in the years which followed.

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Now that they are back, Spyker Cars is once again getting their plans drawn up to capture the market and what better way to do it than it diversify into making SUVs. They already have the groundwork done with the D12.

Oh, and it’s going to be called the D8 Peking-to-Paris from now. The number 8 stands for the number of cylinders of the new engine which will propel the machine. Autocar reports that the V8 engines that Koenigsegg has specifically developed for Spyker’s C8 Preliator Coupe and Spyder will be used in the production version of the D8 Peking-to-Paris.

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Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars elaborated on the firm’s upcoming product.

"It will be an advanced hybrid SUV and one of the most beautiful cars of its kind. Its specifications are already set and, if things go well, I’d dream of showing it at the Geneva motor show in 2018."

The SUV will be built around the same aluminum platform which Lotus had engineered for 2006’s D12 concept. The other big news is that the Koenigsegg V8 engine won’t be alone when it comes to the job of powering the D8, as it will be mated with a plug-in hybrid system.

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Muller is keen to have the D8 Peking-to-Paris ready for display by the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. We admire the man’s spirit. And it’s heart-warming to see Spyker’s resurgence having a new-found vigor and ambition. They have the drive and passion to create a niche and profitable place for their cars in the highly-challenging exotic car market. And this time, we so much want to see them win.