Spyker's Super SUV Knows Its Roots

Unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show, the D12 Peking-to-Paris prototype boasts suicide doors and alloy wheels that look out of this world

The prototype is the creation of Spyker, the Dutch auto maker founded in the late 19th century by two brothers, coach builders by trade. Between 1898, when they fabricated their first car, and 1925, when production ceased, Spyker cars broke numerous endurance and speed records. The brand was reintroduced in 2000 with the Spyker C8 Spyder, a lightweight mid-engine two-seater with an Audi-sourced V-8, and since then, the company has had three entries in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Spyker has also broken onto the big screen: Sharon Stone drove a Spyker Laviolette in Basic Instinct 2.)

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