Spyker, manufacturer of exclusive, hand-crafted sports cars since 2000, has unveiled his new Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder at the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The C8 Aileron Spyder is scheduled to go into production in the first half of 2010.
Ther Spyker C8 is powered by an all-aluminum Audi 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 400 bhp and 354 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm and comes with two transmission options. The engine is mated to a 6-speed Getrag gearbox driving the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. The other transmission is the optional ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox that comes standard with paddle shifts behind the steering wheel.
The C8 Aileron Spyder sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with the top speed of 300 km/h (187 mph). So, the Spyker offers 3-year manufacturer’s warranty for the C8 Aileron Spyder.
The mid-engine, two-seat sports car is fitted with a high-quality, semi-automatic canvas soft-top with a glass rear window and is available in eight colors. The roof’s operation is electric/hydraulic, secured by one central latch operated manually.
The frame of the C8 Aileron is made of aluminum and its dimension has been optimised for more interior space and to accommodate the optional automatic gearbox. The C8 Aileron Spyder is 150 mm longer compared to the first-generation cars from Spyker such as the C8 Laviolette and the C8 Spyder in order to provide more driving comfort and stability at high speeds. The front track has increased by 155 mm (6.1-inch) and the total dimensions of the front and rear track are 1,625 mm (63.98-inch) and 1,645 mm (64.76-inch) respectively.
The design of the C8 Aileron and Aileron Spyder is heavily inspired by Spyker’s aviation heritage. Propeller design was consistently applied to many elements of Spyker’s first-generation cars but for the C8 Aileron, the emphasis was shifted from the propeller propulsion to the turbine propulsion. This can be seen from the bright polished air inlets that were converted into turbine-engine-shaped air scoops.