The Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris includes rear 'suicide doors' and an all-aluminum body fitted to an aluminum space frame. It's powered by the 6.0 liter, 12 cylinder, 500 bhp W12 engine from Volkswagen AG and accelerates from 0-60 mph in five seconds. The six-speed automatic transmission features a multifunctional steering wheel with F1 style shift paddles, and its triple dashboard is designed with the style of an airplane cockpit in mind. The D12 luxury SSUV sits extremely high on 24" Aeroblade wheels. It has a length of 4950 mm, a width of 200 mm, and a height of 1775. In short, it's a very tall vehicle! Along with its jaw-dropping height, the Spyker D8 includes several active and passive safety features, including: six airbags, parking sensors, fog lamps, traction control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), an Antilock Breaking System (ABS), and Electronic Stability Control. These features seem adequate enough, especially for a car that originally hails from the 2006 Geneva Auto Show. The comfort and convenience features leave something to be desired however. Uninspiring standard features like air conditioning, an electronically-operated driver's seat adjustment system, power windows, and steering adjustment just don't "wow" us. The standard monochromatic leather interior with aluminum accents throughout the cabin also leave something to be desired. Under our review, although the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris SSUV's interior appears luxurious and well-made, it also looks dated and tawdry. It's the kind of luxury vehicle that looks expensive- but not trendy. It has a very old-school style inside and out, which is great for those who love the feeling of a beautiful, well-aged automobile, but unfortunate for drivers who want all the hottest gadgets in extremely fresh-faced vehicles. On the other hand, the gaping, ornate grille does remind of rap videos, as do the 18 body-side gills and the rear end's clumpy collection of round tail lamps and exhaust tips. It all comes down to perceptions, but the 2011 Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris SSUV is sure to get plenty of attention from all types of drivers.
After review, we find the 2011 Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris SSUV to be a uniquely-styled one-of-a-kind vehicle, but we aren't very fond of its 50s-inspired style being stretched to twice the normal height, then positioned on large, awkward wheels. While we appreciate the individuality of the Peking-to-Paris, we feel like its unique features could have been better distributed throughout diamond-pattern stitched cabin. The aluminum accents are rather nifty, however, and the D8's features which reflect airplane engineering are certainly something to celebrate.