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Spyker B6 Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut Photo:
 
 
Peter Anderson | Feb, 20 2013 | 1 Comment

Dutch sports carmaker Spyker has offered a first glimpse of its new B6 sports car concept which will relaunch the brand at the Geneva Show.

The retro-looking profile has more than a bit of Ford GT40 at the rear, suggesting a Sixties vibe for the new sportster.

The B6 previews what is expected to be the company's new 911-chaser, a strategic move to push the C8 model upmarket toward the benchmark 458 and McLaren 12C.

The B6 is expected to be a mid-engine six-cylinder rear-wheel drive sports car, although being Spyker, we might be in for a surprise.

The teaser image is as much about the B6 as it is about the entire Spyker brand.

Even by its own high standards for drama, the company got itself into a catastrophically difficult position when it bought Saab for $400 million in February 2010.

Things were looking good when the new Saab 9-5 was released under Spyker ownership, but the brand's short experience with building and selling passenger cars saw the project flounder, before eventually being picked up by NEVS.

Since then the company changed its name several times, was the subject of a number of failed takeover bids and is now part-owned by Chinese company Youngman, the company GM had blocked from buying Saab in the first place.

Previous to all this, the company had moved manufacturing bases to the UK, bought and sold a Formula 1 team (Jordan became Midland became Spyker became Force India), listed on the stock exchange, participated in endurance racing and tried to sell itself first to an allegedly dodgy Russian businessman and then to a hedge fund.

So, never a dull moment. The B6 is sure to be a headline-grabber like the wild C8 before it.

The new car will debut at the Geneva Motor Show and, from the wording on the teaser image, Spyker hopes this will be a rebirth for the company.

 
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