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The Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV produced by the Dutch car manufacturer Spyker Cars. The car was designed by Michiel van den Brink and introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show as the D12. With a change in proposed engine to a V8, the Peking-to-Paris was renamed D8.
|Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris|
|Also called||Spyker D12|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size luxury crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Engine||6.0 L W12 (concept)|
|Wheelbase||2,855 mm (112.4 in)|
|Length||4,950 mm (194.9 in)|
|Width||2,000 mm (78.7 in)|
|Height||1,775 mm (69.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,850 kg (4,079 lb) (est)|
The name Peking-to-Paris refers to the Peking to Paris endurance rally held in 1907 from Peking (now called Beijing) in China to Paris in France, in which an almost standard Spyker car participated, driven by Frenchman Ch. Goddard. The Spyker car came in second in the rally after a three-month drive.
Although the D8 is a crossover SUV, it shares many design features found on Spyker's other sports cars such as the C8. Among these features are the D8's aluminum "aeroblade" wheels and one piece aluminum rear view mirrors. Also notable is that the back seat doors are hinged at the rear, giving the D8 suicide doors.
The D12 was initially shown to the public at Geneva Motor Show in 2006. Designed with a 500 bhp (373 kW; 507 PS) VW Group Volkswagen W12 engine, Spyker aims for a weight of 1,850 kg (4,079 lb) and an acceleration from 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.0 seconds. After the introduction in Geneva, the model already received "well over 100 orders".
At a press conference held at the Geneva motor show on March 2, 2010, Spyker's CEO Victor Muller indicated that the development of the car could now be assisted by Saab, which Spyker briefly owned. The car was still under development at the time and had potential for production by 2014.