Electric Spyker SUV In The Works

1 year ago by Mark Kane 14

2006 Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris

2006 Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris

2006 Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris

2006 Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris

Spyker extends it electric car plans into the low-volume SUV segment according to a recent report.

The company intends to present this new SUV (inspired by the concept first launched waaay back in 2006) at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year.

The first new model will be equipped with a V12 engine, but the next step will also include an electric version in 2017.

Some help on the electric drive system comes from Volta Volaré, an electric aircraft company based in Portland, Oregon.

“CEO Victor Muller told Autocar that the model would take heavy inspiration from the D12 Peking-to-Paris concept car of 2006 (a V12 version of the D8, pictured above), which never made it to production despite the growing popularity of high-performance SUVs.”

“Muller said a V12 petrol engine would power the Los Angeles car, but an all-electric model was in the pipeline, because electric-powered SUVs make sense. “In a sports car you want the engagement of a combustion engine, but in an SUV I don’t mind having a quiet engine. Electric power is much more sellable here.””

The Spyker CEO also said it will not be a hybrid, like the BMW i8, although he also has doubts in lithium-ion batteries, which maybe means something else… hydrogen perhaps, another chemistry battery?

“Muller cites Tesla and its recently unveiled Model 3 as an example of why full-electric models are his preference, but he believes Spyker will go down a slightly different route technically.

“I’m all with Tesla and the full-electric approach, but I still don’t think lithium ion batteries are cost-effective. This type of battery has one major disadvantage that will not go away: degradation.”

Muller wouldn’t expand on what type of battery he would prefer to use, but no doubt partner Volta Volaré will head up the alternative technology’s development.”

source: Autocar

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14 responses to "Electric Spyker SUV In The Works"

  1. manbitesgas says:

    Wow… Somebody failed design school. :oP

  2. R.S says:

    This thing is:

            1. R.S says:

              On so many levels.

              1. kubel says:

                I see what you did there.

    1. Dragon says:

      A lot of the really expensive/rare cars I occasionally see in Beverly Hills have similar styling: Fat and tall body with small, short windows. I don’t know why but something about the shapes must appeal to the uber rich. Or maybe they just like having windows as small as possible to minimize being recognized by the riff-raff? Either way, this vehicle obviously isn’t going to be sold at any reasonable price so we may as well ignore it.

  3. Mister G says:

    MONSTROSITY

  4. Kosee says:

    Is that a… solar panel serving as a faux grill?

  5. John says:

    Haven’t they heard that converting a gasmobile to an EV really doesn’t work well????

  6. evcarnut says:

    Yet they refuse to understand it…..

  7. Get Real says:

    What’s really amazing is except for
    Tesla and maybe GM, nobody has figured out yet that aero is really, really important to maximize range for electrics so they keep churning out these bricks on wheels.

    Why is this so hard for the legacy OEMs?