The Car Geek: The 2008 Spyker C12 Zagato

The Car Geek

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The 2008 Spyker C12 Zagato

The eminent Dutch automaker partnered with Zagato to design a flagship for its exotic and unusual lineup of vehicles. Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars and Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato recently introduced the Spyker C12 Zagato at the 77th Geneva Motor Show. The premiere of this exclusive C12 edition coincides with Spyker’s entry into the Formula One range of vehicles and marks the first integration of styling cues and design details from the Spyker F8-VII Formula One car into the Spyker road car range.

The joint collaboration between Spyker and Zagato fits aesthetic point of views which harbors skill, talent and passion in their line of work. “The Spyker and Zagato Atelier brands perfectly align because of their common aeronautical origins and because of the shared passion of Victor Muller and myself for sports cars” states Andrea Zagato. “Nevertheless Victor, before starting this extraordinary adventure with Spyker, was a Zagato collector owning cars like the Flaminia SS and TZ. Together with our neo-classical approach, this Spyker C 12 Zagato shows the capabilities of Zagato Atelier for innovative and non conventional solutions.”

Now onto the main dish: the Spyker C12 Zagato is an aluminum rear-wheel drive sports car which is actually based on the Spyker C12 Spyder. Its engine is matched with a six-speed manual or automatic gear box with F1 style shifting, Chronoswiss instruments and incorporating a Zagato design cue of full leather trims touched with an aluminum instrument panel. It runs on a full-powered 6.0-liter, 12 cylinder and 500 bph W12 and speeds off from 0-100 in 3.8 seconds. If you’re thinking high-peak performance cars, then this is for you.

Its auto body parts is accented with aluminum with stainless steel roof rails and has various F1 derived design details such as an F1 nose, air scoop, chimneys, mirrors, rain light, fuel parts like a fuel lap and diffuser. Let’s not overlook its panoramic roof that features the Double Bubble, tinged with a typical Zagato element.

This sports car will be sold to a handful of buyers by March 2008.