Spyker Says No To Electric Supercars
Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker, has decided despite outside pressures to continue with ICE engines and manual transmissions. Muller told Autocar he is not a fan of fully electric sportscars. He said:
“Electric engines are not very exciting to drive . . . If I take away the sensation of a V8 or a V12 from a super or sports car, I think it will be very hard to sell. [With electric cars], we’re not yet able to replicate the feeling you get when you switch the ESP off in a manual gearbox car.”
Sales for the recent Spyker C8 Preliator, just unveiled, show 86% of customers requesting the manual transmission option. Half of the buyers are U.S. based and demanding the manual gearbox. He elaborated:
“Forty-three of the 50 Preliator orders have been for a stick, showing that the manual gearbox is back with a vengeance. It shows that it’s impossible to predict where the market is going to go.”
Muller wasn’t completely adversarial to electric cars. He did say that fully electric drivetrains may be the way to go for SUVs. He said:
“If I drive an SUV, I don’t mind having a quiet engine. Electric power is therefore sellable here.”
If, aside from the manual trans, all Muller is pushing for is the noise then his push doesn’t make much sense. Yes, we can all agree that ICE engines have noise, but noise doesn’t equate to push or energy off the line and noise isn’t necessarily a desired trait either.