The Spyker D9 Peking-to-Paris traces its origins back to three significant Spyker models, each of which contributed considerably to the company's celebrated heritage. First, it's the logical successor to one of the most innovative cars in history, the very first six-cylinder, four wheel drive car in the world- the 1903 60 HP Spyker Grand Prix car. Secondly, the D8 Peking-to-Paris is inspired by Spyker's unique aviation heritage. The Spyker name was first used by a company that first produced cars and then moved into airplane and airplane engine production during World War I. The Spyker D8 Peking-to Paris SSUV also harks back to the first model based on airplane design: the Spyker 'Aerocoque,' which had a unique fuselage body and a remarkable fintail. The Aerocoque's fintail led to the functional roof fin on the current D8 Peking-to-Paris. The final historical reference for the SSUV links back to its name which comes from the Peking to Paris race of 1907, the most grueling race of all time. In this race, Frenchman Goddard entered his almost standard, factory-backed, Spyker 18/22 HP, and this current model is a testament to the tenacity of that original vehicle.
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The Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris is an all-aluminum, permanent four-wheel drive super sports utility vehicle, as the company labels it. Experts have also labeled it an SUV crossover, though it looks more like a raised-up sporty sedan. For example, the two back doors are rear-hinged coach doors, also called suicide doors. It's confusing to us, as we're not sure in which class the Spyker should technically belong. After review, we've decided to use the company's designation of Super Sport Utility Vehicle (SSUV). The Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris SSUV was originally showcased all the way back in 2006 at the Geneva Auto Show, at which point it was dubbed the Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris Concept. In 2011, the Spyker finally hit production lines with a price in the lower $200 thousands to upper $300 thousands. The Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris holds a 6.2 liter, V8 engine, and a 6 speed manual transmission. It has a top speed of 170 miles per hour and is rumored to from 0-60mph in less than five seconds. Like all Spyker luxury cars it's produced using hand-made quality and customization, making it one of the most unique vehicles in existence today. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind vehicle without the price-tag of a Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, or Lamborghini, the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris may be the vehicle for you.