A familiar engine powers the new Spyker along, an Audi 4.2-liter V8, however now it has been supercharged and it erupts forth with 525 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to either a six-speed Getrag manual gearbox or ZF six-speed automatic. In either scenario, the brand’s trademark exposed gear linkage remains very much present, and it complements a typically well-appointed leather and brushed aluminum interior.
So is it still a strong performer? Well, yes. The dash from zero to 60 mph takes just 3.7 seconds, and if you keep your foot in it, Spyker says you’ll cruise all the way to the C8 Preliator’s top speed of 201 mph.
Spyker says it will build just 50 of its reborn supercars, this time at a new factory in the British city of Coventry. Pricing starts at €324,900 for a manual gearbox-equipped C8 Preliator, or about $352,000 at today’s rates, while the automatic-equipped cars ask a larger €330,990 (about $358,000).