Actually, I thought the topic was over. Spyker is history and Victor Muller is on the way to new ventures. One can be mistaken, and some makes of cars seem to have countless lives. Spyker is coming back and will resume production in 2021. That's the plan. And Spyker will then become a German car brand.
Since the end of Saab, Spyker has also gone downhill. To describe the route as bumpy doesn't really hit it. It was all much worse. Then in April 2020 it really seemed past to be. The tragic end of a story. But it is not like that. With Russian money, here Victor Muller taps old relationships, the brand comes back.
Boris Rotenberg is the financier behind the comeback. The founder of SMP Bank, president of FK Dynamo Moscow, the SGM Group and friend Vladimir Putin has a weakness for elegant, exotic cars. For the Spyker restart there is a whole bunch of illustrious companies, all of which have something to do with very expensive cars and lifestyle. All of them can be assigned to Boris Rotenberg's environment or belong directly to him.
The production takes over R Company in Trier, the racing team from SMP-Racing and BR-Engineering take care of the technology and motorsport. A first Spyker showroom is to be built in Monaco. It starts in 2021, the Spyker C8 Preliator will be relaunched. The will follow later B6 Venator, which premiered in Geneva in 2013 but never went into production, and the Spyker D8 SUV. Its conception is rooted in old Saab days, the idea is around 10 years old.
The vehicles are handcrafted for a select group of customers, and the group also provides spare parts for the 265 Spyker sports cars built so far. Muller remains the front man as CEO of Spyker Ltd.
Of course, a lot of things remain unclear for now. Who will supply the engines that were once to come from Audi and later from Sweden from Koenigsegg? Will the famous Koenigsegg V8 still make it under the Spyker body, or will a revolutionary FreeValve engine come? The very idea that it could be like this is fun.
There are enough questions, but few answers.
Of course, nobody needs Spyker and hardly anyone has waited or bet for the comeback. But, the world with its electric cars and galloping digitization can do with a few hand-built exotic species. Maybe she even needs it. May be more urgent than ever.