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Old 23-07-2009, 15:16
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First drive in the Spyker D8 mule

Today I had a chance to drive the Spyker D8 mule. You know, the D8, disguised as a Landrover like car, which has the D8 engine, suspension, brakes and weight distribution. But not the interior, nor exhaust and sound of the final D8.

Michael Schouten took me out in rather rainy conditions, but that did not make a difference. The roadholding capabilities of the D8 are phenomenal. I have a Cayenne Turbo with the active suspension option, so I know what the current SUV benchmark feels like. Roughly the same torque, but around 1200LB (500+KG) lighter makes such a difference, and with less electronic wizardry, just feels so much better planted.

We are of course not mentioning any speeds here, but all of a sudden a helicopter showed up straight ahead of us......

Michael let me drive back to the factory, but not knowing the car, and in inclement weather, I drove rather calmly, just when a police car showed up "out of nowhere" on the lonely polder road we were on. I was at that point driving the speed limit, so they let us drive on

I was very impressed with the D8 capabilities. Spyker was testing different braking systems on the mule, and I loved the system they just put on and tested. Very responsive and with great pedal feel. Much better than the Porsche system, but this is also a result of the D8 being much lighter. It did not feel very fast, but that feeling changed rapidly when I glanced at the instrument panel

The most notable thing missing was the famous Spyker exhaust sound.

I want to thank Victor and Michael for giving me the chance to experience something unique, and I can't wait to see the further development of what is going to be a fantastic car. Spyker is not kidding when they call it a SSUV.

Sadly, there are no pictures.
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Old 23-07-2009, 15:28
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I am jealous
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Old 23-07-2009, 15:29
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PS Where did you drive the car? In the Netherlands? Or in the UK at Lotus?
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Old 23-07-2009, 15:34
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That must have been a fantastic experience Rijk! NICE
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Old 23-07-2009, 17:06
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Old 23-07-2009, 17:53
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Not taken today, but nevertheless still a very mule
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PS Which engine was under the hood
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Old 23-07-2009, 21:11
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Wow, Rijk, sounds like a great experience!

Thanks for sharing with us. I love that SO is so close to the fire.
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Old 23-07-2009, 23:37
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Some small pictures to the story. Not sure though when these were taken.
Found them on SuperCarFrance.com's forum

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Old 24-07-2009, 09:36
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Do you have the pictures in a higher resolution?

PS The RDW information:

SPYKER D8 PEKING TO PARIS
Cilinders: 8
Volume: 6162 cc
Power: 415 Kw / 564,4 hp
Weight (empty): 2.160 kg
Weight (on te road): 2.260 kg
First registered: 24-04-2009

Notice the Spyker logo on the back
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