You can see it! The past years have not left Victor Muller without a trace, the Saab story has also demanded tribute from him. Nevertheless, he is back, and he is the surprise of this year's car showroom. The former Saab CEO celebrates world premiere with the Spyker B6 Venator.
An event in which the financier and major shareholder Pang Quingnian could not be missing. The Youngman CEO, together with Victor Muller, had a presence in Geneva and they both talked about their big plans. Not only is the Spyker B6 going into production, but the Spyker D8 luxury SUV is finally being built. The former in Holland, the traditional headquarters of the manufactory, the latter is to go into production in China.
As always, there are a few question marks with Spyker. The engine with 375 HP plus X should come from Audi. Should ! But it might not come after all, as we are told. It could also be a different supplier. The B6 Venator itself is a typical Spyker. Muller has stayed true to the design language, everything is just a little more compact and a little fresher. As always, the interior is blessed with a lot of luxury and high-quality Spyker-style equipment. Understatement, that strange word, does not appear in the Spyker philosophy. Suitable for the brand's customers who love an overdose of extravagance and luxury. As initially suspected in the press, he is not a Porsche killer, but an abundance statement on four wheels. The first B4 customer comes from Russia, and that is where the main markets for Spyker are likely to be, as in China.
Muller has done a show of strength in recent months. The production machines have come back to Zeewolde from England, and the brand comes to life again. Respect!
Interesting are some stories on the sidelines, which made the Spyker stand to a booth of a different kind. No other brand had more security than Spyker, and something made the security people nervous on the second day of the press.
The three gentlemen in the black Saab jackets attracted attention and gestures were made. Finally Victor Muller was briefly brought to "safety" past us. To be back at the booth just as quickly after we disappeared. Well, Muller doesn't want to talk about Saab anymore. That is past and closed. He thinks. It won't have been up to us though, the nervousness has other roots. In Sweden and the Baltic States, negative stories about Muller are making the rounds. The reason lies in his friend Antonov's Snoras Bank and its bankruptcy. If what is being written proves to be true, Muller's joy at his comeback will be short-lived. The past, which he believes to be closed, then comes back.
Spyker B6 Venator Check:
Enter: The toy for Russian young oligarchs and the daughters of Chinese mining moguls.
Get out: Because there are alternatives with more style and taste in this price range.