Trevor Collett | Mar 8, 2016

Spyker is back - returning to the automotive fray with a new model called the C8 Preliator.

The carmaker chose the Preliator name, which means “fighter” in Latin, as a symbol of its rise from the canvas when it looked down and out, and to also pay tribute to its 100-year-old aeronautical heritage.

On display at the Geneva Motor Show, the Preliator is the latest C8 model and follows the Aileron variant from the same motor show in 2009.

Power comes from an Audi-sourced 4.2 litre petrol V8 making 387kW/600Nm, matched with either a manual or ZF automatic transmission with paddle-shifters - both six-speed.

Drive is sent to the rear wheels, and the 0-100km/h sprint takes 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 320km/h.

The Preliator sits on an all-aluminium spaceframe chassis incorporating a Lotus suspension system with AP performance brakes, and the exterior is finished with 19-inch alloy wheels and a choice of one of 16 paint finishes.

Elsewhere, there’s LED tail-lamps, a rear diffuser, boot-lid lip spoiler and leather interior trim with flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Pricing for the 2016 Spyker C8 Preliator in Europe starts at €324,900 (AU$478,100) for the manual version, rising to €330,990 (AU$487,000) for the automatic - plus on-road costs.

Production is limited to just 50 units. Customers placing an order now will have to wait until the last few C8 Ailerons are complete before production of the Preliator will begin.

The C8 Preliator is unlikely to appear in Australia in any official capacity.

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