Spyker first introduced its Super Sports Utility Vehicle (SSUV) -- the Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris -- to the world at the Geneva Motor Show, and the incredible hand-built vehicle makes its North American debut here at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The unique qualities and design features of Spyker's first SUV are directly linked with the racing and aviation heritage of the company, and it takes its name after the famous Spyker that finished second in the most gruelling race of all time, the 1907 Peking-to-Paris.

The Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris is an all-aluminum, permanent four-wheel-drive sports-utility vehicle with rear-hinged coach doors (once called 'suicide doors'). It is powered by the 500-hp/6.0-liter, 12-cylinder, W12 engine from Volkswagen AG and promises to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds. The fuel tank capacity is 26.4 gallons and Spyker says you can drive at a top speed of 185 mph until it is empty.

The six-speed automatic transmission features a multifunctional steering wheel with F1 style shift paddles, a triple dashboard designed in the style of an airplane cockpit, and a sumptuous leather interior. The vehicle has an all aluminum body fitted to an aluminum space frame. It has a length of 194.9 inches, a width of 78.7 inches (excluding mirrors), a minimum height of 66.14 inches, a maximum height of 69.88i and weighs in at just under 4079 lbs. Wheels will be available as both on-road (24 inches) and off-road (22 inches).

The D12 is Spyker's first four-door, four-seater luxury vehicle. The car is Spyker's ultimate combination of a powerful super sports car with exotic looks, a spacious multiple passenger interior, and luxurious cabin with the exquisite Spyker cockpit interior.

Expected date of introduction is December 2007. The expected USA retail price is USD 287,500 excluding tax.

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