Spyker C12 Zagato: All-new design elements inspired by Formula 1

Spyker C12 Zagato: All-new design elements inspired by Formula 1

The Spyker C12 Zagato is the second production car from the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker. The C12 Zagato is an all-aluminium, mid-engine/rear-drive exotic luxury sportscar.

The Milanese design house Zagato co-designed the model. The C12 Zagato featured all-new design elements inspired by Formula 1. Though the exterior styling is somewhat of a departure from the C8, retained features include: scissor doors, interior styling, and general aviation theme. The C12 Zagato is powered by a 6.0 L W12 engine sourced from VW Group (the same engine as featured in the Audi A8 and Volkswagen Phaeton).

For the C12 Zagato, Spyker Cars have tuned the W12 to produce 500-bhp. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. Although the nomenclature suggests otherwise, the C12 Zagato is not based upon the C12 LaTurbie prototype. The Spyker C12 Zagato is priced at EUR 495,000 (approximately USD $740,000 or £450,000), and Spyker plan to produce only 24 copies.

The C12 Zagato develops 368 kW (493 hp) and 610 N•m (450 lb•ft) from the specially-tuned W12 engine. With a KERB weight of 1,480 kg (3,263 lb), the Spyker will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and then on to a top speed of 195 mph. Braking is accomplished by steel ventilated discs and features anti-lock braking. The automatic five-speed gearbox features a torque-converter in lieu of a clutch. Spyker say the move from manual gearboxes as seen in the Spyker C8 is as per customer request, and the new Aileron model will feature a ZF automatic gearbox similar to that of the C12 Zagato.

Tushek Renovatio T500: A Welcome Sight

Tushek Renovatio T500: A Welcome Sight

The boutique Slovenian car manufacturer Tushek Supercars has revealed their latest, the Tushek Renovatio T500. This sharp, aggressively-styled sports car can achieve speeds of up to 193mph and will hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds from a standing start.

Thanks to a carbon and composite body, the Renovatio T500 gets plenty of speed out of the 444hp Audi V8 that powers it. The inside is lined in leather and alcantara with carbon fiber accents, providing a bit of luxury in a vehicle that is otherwise “all business”.

The Tushek Renovatio T500 may not stand far out from its class, as the design is attractive but largely forgettable. Yet any offering from a boutique super car manufacturer is a welcome sight. The feeling of driving something so close to unique is one that we can certainly respect.