Friday, March 15, 2013

Reports Suggest Spyker B6 May Be Based on the Defunct Artega GT

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The Spyker B6 Venator was easily one of the top highlights of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. However, it was only announced just shortly before the show, and nobody was really expecting it. This raised many question regarding the car's development, and the information seemed to point to the B6 being underpinned by the chassis of an already-existing car. At first that was thought to be the Lotus Evora, but now new information suggests otherwise.
Apparently, the B6 might be based on the Artega GT sports car, the makers of which went out of business last year. Furthermore, since the people who bought what was left of the German sports car builder had no intention to keep making cars, it quite likely that they sold off the car's platform to Spyker – the Dutch automaker would not have had time to develop one on their own.
When put side by side, the two cars do bear somewhat of a resemblance, sharing strikingly similar proportions, and placement of different elements. For instance, the rear air intakes are in the same place, as are the mirrors, the bulging rear haunches, as well as the shape of the canopy.
The Artega GT also had a mid-mounted V6 engine, and so does the Spyker, yet it was not revealed where it was sourced from – the Artega used VW-sourced engines and transmissions.
All we can do now is wait for official confirmation, because from where we're sitting, too many things just fit together for this not to be true. Of course, we could be wrong, and all of the above are just pure coincidences...
By Andrei Nedelea
Story References: Autobild 




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