Peking to Paris
Spyker Cars chose the 2006 Geneva Motor Show as the venue
for the unveiling of their radical Super Sports Utility
The current Spyker company has only only been in existence
since 2000, however since then they have brought out four
different supercar models including the Spyker
C8 Spyder, C8
Laviolette and C8
Double 12, and the C12
The Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris is a four wheel drive,
four seat luxury sports utility vehicle which makes the
Porsche Cayenne look like a Land Rover Defender.
Powered by a Volkswagen derived W12 engine developing
500 horsepower, mated to a sequential 6 speed transmission,
the Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris reaches 60 mph in just
5 seconds, going on to hit 185 mph.
The unusual Peking-to-Paris name is a tribute to one of
the most demanding races of all time, the 1907 Peking-to-Paris
race, a race in which a factory-backed, Spyker 18/22 HP
(from the original company) took second place.
Like all Spyker Cars products, the D12 is built from the
finest materials and its exterior styling is strikingly
brutal. The bodywork is all aluminium and mounted to an
aluminium spaceframe chassis helping achieve a relatively
light 1850 kgs total weight.
Inside the four occupants are offered individual sports
seats with clear separation provided by a high full length
center console. The attention to detail evident on the
metalwork of the interior is more like a piece of jewelry
than a vehicle interior.
Spyker intended to start producing the D12 Peking-to-Paris
SSUV in 2007. The target audience was aging super car
owners who might want something a bit more 'sensible'.
In the end the project was cancelled as the company entered