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09 December 2008

2008 Spyker C12 Zagato

2008 Spyker C12 Zagato Specifications


Brakes F/R: ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R: n.a.
Driveline: Rear Wheel Drive


Type: W12
Displacement cu in (cc): 366 (5998)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 500(368) / n.a.
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM: 450(610) / n.a.
Redline at RPM: 6500


Length × Width × Height in: 177.4 × 80 × 49.2
Weight lb (kg): 3262 (1480)


Acceleration 0-60 mph s: 3.8
Top Speed mph (km/h): 193 (310)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km): n.a.
Base Price: 2008 Spyker C12 Zagato - $644,000 + taxes / 495,000 € + taxes (last update: 3/7/2007)

Spyker C12 Zagato Unveiled

Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker unveiled the Spyker C12 Zagato at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show. Norihiko Harada, Zagatos Automotive Chief Designer, and Muller co-operated closely to design this limited edition of 24 sports cars to be delivered from March 2008 onwards. The world premiere of this ultra-exclusive version of the C12 range celebrates Spykers entry into the world of Formula One and marks the first integration of design elements and styling cues from the Spyker F8-VII Formula One car into the Spyker road car range. This point was underlined by the unveiling of the car being performed by Spykers Formula One race driver, Adrian Sutil.

Spyker C12 Zagato: The Rationale

After it became apparent that Spyker would succeed in acquiring the Midland Formula 1 team it was decided that the C12 Zagato should embody as many of the Formula 1 design cues as practically possible so as to set a new design vision for future Spyker road car models.

In the months following that decision, Spyker and Zagato finalized the design and the manufacturing of the C12 Zagato was entrusted to Spykers long time fabrication partner, Coventry Prototype Panels in Coventry, UK. Under the guidance of Brendan OToole, CPPs Managing Director, and tienne Beijersbergen van Henegouwen, Spykers Project Manager, the vehicle was built by a dedicated Spyker and CPP crew from aluminum in an amazing 4 weeks.

Spyker C12 Zagato: The Vehicle

The Spyker C12 Zagato is an all aluminum rear wheel drive sports car, based on the Spyker C12 Spyder. The C12 is powered by the 6.0 liter, 12 cylinder, 500 bhp W12 engine from Volkswagen AG and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds. The Spyker C12 Zagato is equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic gear box with F1 style shifting, Chronoswiss instruments and a Zagato designed full leather interior with brushed aluminum instrument panel. The C12 Zagato has an aluminum body with stainless steel roof rails and has many F1 derived design details such as an F1 nose, air scoop, chimneys, mirrors, rain light, fuel flap and diffuser. It has a panoramic roof that features the Double Bubble, a typical Zagato style element. The Spyker C12 Zagato has a length of 177.4 inches, a width of 80 inches excluding mirrors, a height of 49.2 inches and weighs 3262 lbs. Top speed is 193 mph.

"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 C12 Zagato shows the capabilities of Zagato Atelier for innovative and non conventional solutions."

Norihiko Harada, designer of the new Spyker C12 Zagato, adds: "All Spyker cars have their own very unique style: the aeronautical retrospective style co-exists with craftsmanship and elegance. The new Zagato body becomes even more unique, aggressive and sensual at the same time. It features a new double bubble panoramic roof , F1 influenced nose and air intakes, chimney and a coda tronca, the typical Zagato cut off tail end."

Maintaining Spykers styling philosophy, Zagato design put all these elements together and created an extremely stimulating example of contemporary exotic high performance sports car by using typical modern Zagato lines which started from the Raptor Zagato in 1996.

The Spyker C12 Zagato will retail for $644,000 (excluding any taxes, ex factory).