The ten best cars with suicide doors

The ten best cars with suicide doors

Spyker D12 Beijing-to-Paris (2006-10)

Conceptually it comes closest to Ferrari’s new Purosangue; the short-lived Spyker Peking-to-Paris was presented at the Geneva Salon in 2006 and only a handful were made. This groundbreaking machine, arguably the first prestigious SUV, well ahead of later rivals such as the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, featured four-wheel drive, 12-cylinders, an elevated ride height and a practical five-door body with suicide doors at the rear. like the new Ferrari, albeit 16 years earlier.

Launched as a tribute to Spyker’s historic victory in the 1907 tough endurance race from present-day Beijing, the groundbreaking Spyker featured four-wheel drive as a first in motorsport. The resulting 2006 D12 Beijing-to-Paris was a proud reminder of Spyker’s past and achievements when it was the leading Dutch prestigious car manufacturer early 20e Century, before the company went bankrupt for the first time in the mid-1920s.

In 1999, the long-forgotten name Spyker was revived by a consortium of wealthy Dutch TV entrepreneurs, creating some unusually stylish supercars in Coventry using Audi engines. However, the revived Spyker proved too ambitious and tried to run before he could walk. It went bankrupt again in 2014 and for a while even tried to save Saab from the incompetent individuals at General Motors. Unsurprisingly, Spyker’s lack of funds caused the inspired Beijing-to-Paris SUV to fail before it had a real chance to make its mark on the growing prestigious SUV sector.

The Spyker SUV was ahead of its time and featured not only suicide rear doors but also a visible gearbox (a modern Spyker ‘signature’ feature), plus a W12 bi-turbo Volkswagen-derived engine rated at approximately 500 hp (368 kW) to deliver. ). Weighing in at over 1,850kg, the Beijing-to-Paris claimed a 0-60mph time of 5.0 seconds. When it debuted at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, Spyker reportedly had over 100 orders for its luxury SUV, but building it proved to be quite problematic. It was suggested to replace the complex and expensive VW W12 engine with a more ‘humble’ and lighter Audi V8, but by 2010, the production route from Beijing to Paris had gone cold. Spyker went bankrupt again, but resurfaced in 2016 before going under again in 2021.