When one window closes, another opens. In this case that window could be big enough to fit a small sportscar through.
If you looked at the Spyker B6 Venator and wondered what it was based on, you’re not alone. The whole industry has been buzzing about the donor car underpinning the B6, working on the assumption that Spyker didn’t have the time or resources to develop a new mid-engined platform all on its own – particularly without anyone catching on. While the speculation previously indicated that the Venator was based on the Lotus Evora, new reports suggest it could actually be based on the Artega GT.
The Artega, for those unfamiliar, was a Cayman-sized German sportscar designed by Henrik Fisker and brought to market by a coalition of experienced industry veterans. It was highly praised but sold in very limited numbers. Power in the Artega GT came from a 3.6-liter V6 driving 300 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Both elements of the drivetrain were sourced from Volkswagen. Unfortunately Artega declared bankruptcy last year, and the company that acquired its resources declared no intention of resuming production.
If these latest reports prove accurate, it would seem that Spyker bought the rights to the platform and other technologies underpinning the Artega from its new owners and built the new Venator concept atop it. Sources indicate that the basic dimensions between the two vehicles are similar, as are certain tell-tale elements like the side mirrors, door handles, air vent locations and the general proportions of the greenhouse.