Holland-based Spyker has shed more insight into its upcoming four-door model.
As we reported earlier, the yet-unnamed four-door will take the form of a large SUV whose design will borrow more than a few styling cues from the D12 Peking-to-Paris concept (pictured) that was shown at the 2006 edition of the Paris Auto Show. It will be positioned near the top of the SUV segment, and it will be powered by a V12 engine borrowed from a major European car maker.
Spyker boss Victor Muller told British magazine Autocar that an all-electric version of the SUV will arrive a little later in the production run. The drivetrain will likely be developed with input from Volta Volare, a Portland-based firm that’s in the business of designing battery-powered private planes. Spyker merged with Volta Volare shortly after it exited bankruptcy last year.
Going electric is inevitable for Spyker, but Muller explained the company isn’t interested in building a plug-in hybrid.
“Think of the complications of one of the best hybrid cars, the BMW i8. It is an amazing car, but it is super-complicated and packaging is a nightmare, as is keeping the heat situation under control. If you use only electric motors, you do not have to deal with these issues,” he pointed out.
Spyker’s upcoming SUV will be presented to the public later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the production model is tentatively scheduled to arrive in 2017.