They are, arguably, some of the finest automotive craftsmen in the face of the auto industry’s mass-production canning line. And it emerged from the workshop in time for the Geneva Motor Show last week with a new work of art. It’s called the C8 Preliator.
Spyker’s badge itself is an homage to its history — it’s a plane prop — and the entire ethos of the company is rooted in its rich history of airplane production. The ignition switch inside may as well have been cribbed from a fighter jet’s missile launch system — flip up the red protector, engage the switch, and listen to the Audi-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 come to life.
But like the C8 Aileron and the B6 Venator before it, the Preliator isn’t about the whole package. The devil’s in the details, and if you enjoyed the outside, take a good hard look at the C8 Preliator’s interior.
Jeremy Clarkson, in his review of the Aileron, described it as “a smoking jacket.” It won’t outperform your Ferraris, Audis, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Mercedes, Bimmers, Nissan GT-Rs, or any other deep-pocket-backed sports cars. But that’s not what Spyker is about. It’s about the craftsmanship, about the details, about being a companion to your lifestyle and not the figurehead of it.
“This is not for the hairy-chested, gung-ho playboy racer who likes to go everywhere sideways. It’s appeal is more subtle than that,” Clarkson said. “This is a car you wear.” I have no doubt that those words still ring true about the Preliator eight years later.
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