Spyker Silvestris V8

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Spyker Silvestris V8
Spyker Silvestris V8 - Flickr - edvvc (1).jpg
ManufacturerSpyker Cars
Production1999 (1 Produced)
DesignerMaarten de Bruijn
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutRMR Layout
Engine3562 cc (3.5L) Audi V8
Power output198 kW (269 PS, 265 bhp)
Transmission5-speed manual
Length4050 mm (159.5 in)
Width1880 mm (74.0 in)
Height1170 mm (46.1 in)
Curb weight960 kg (2,116 lbs)
SuccessorSpyker C8

The Spyker Silvestris V8 is a Dutch mid-engine sports car introduced in 1999 as a prototype for what would later become the Spyker C8. The Silvestris was the first new model from Spyker since it declared bankruptcy in 1929 and it hailed a return of the once prestigious brand.[1] The Silvestris was hand built by Maarten de Bruijn, co founder of Spyker, and it debuted at the 1999 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car is reportedly still owned by de Bruijn.[2]


The Silvestris is powered by a 3,562 cc (3.5 L) Audi DOHC V8 producing 265 bhp (197.6 kW). Power is sent to the rear wheels through an Audi sourced 5-speed manual transmission.[3] The Silvestris is built on a basic central monocoque made from galvanized sheet metal, with a tubular frame in the front and back, and features scissor doors.[4] The car can do 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and is claimed to be able to reach 250 km/h (155 mph).[3]


The Silvestris is the brainchild of Maarten de Bruijn, a town and country planner with experience in metal working. De Bruijn's dream was to start his own sports car factory, which led him to create the Silvestris.[3] Before beginning on the project De Bruijn purchased all of the rights to the Spyker brand and logo for use on his car. The car debuted at the 1999 Goodwood Festival of Speed and was met with many positive reactions, notably from car collector and entrepreneur Victor Muller. Muller provided financial backing to bring the concept to production, becoming co-founder of the now reborn Spyker Cars alongside De Bruijn. With Muller's funding the Silvestris was developed into the Spyker C8 which debuted in 2000, a car which shared some styling cues and functional elements with the prototype but had undergone substantial changes in a variety of areas.


  1. ^ "2000 Spyker C8 Spyder - Images, Specifications and Information". Ultimatecarpage.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ Tidesco, Art (2011-08-14). "Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres !: Woodland For The Tenacious - Spyker Silvestris V8 Prototype". Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres !. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  3. ^ a b c Ritzinger, Andre. "Spyker: one century of exotic cars - page 8 of 14". www.ritzsite.nl. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  4. ^ "Spyker [2] - DeBruijn Silvestris V8 prototype". ACI. Retrieved 2018-02-15.

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