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New images of Spyker’s jet-inspired C8 Aileron supercar

 

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Concept cars are exciting, but as often as not, they're also huge letdowns. Why? Because you know they'll be so neutered by the time they make production that it's the same car only in name (Jaguar XF, anyone?). Luckily we have Spyker, a company where the production cars are more insane than most concepts, and they understand this problem and have built the C8 Aileron to be almost identical to the concept.

Despite all of Spyker’s management reshuffles and financial setbacks of the past two years, the Dutch sports car company has used March’s Geneva Motor Show to debut the C8 Aileron. Spyker introduced the concept unveiled last year and made some minor changes to change that vision into reality.

In order to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car, several changes in styling were made such as stretching the canopy backwards and abandoning most of the shark-like gills , which results in a cleaner, smoother appearance. The front end is now characterized by a larger grille that gives additional cooling and the rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. Finally, an extra spoiler has been placed under the diffuser, providing additional downforce to boost the ground effect produced by the diffuser.

The C8 Aileron’s design is heavily inspired by Spyker’s aviation heritage, as was the case with all previous models, but with a clear emphasis on the jet engine and not the propeller that adorned so many elements of Spyker’s earlier cars.

Compared to the short wheelbase of the first generation cars - the C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder - the wheelbase of the C8 Aileron is 150 mm longer and its track is also 155m wider. The total dimensions of the front and rear track are now 1625mm and 1645mm respectively, while the kerb weight comes in at 1425kg (3142lbs).

Power comes from an Audi-sourced 4.2L V8 rated at about 400hp (298kW) and 354lb-ft (480Nm) of torque. Shifting duties are taken care of with a either a Getrag manual or ZF auto gearbox, both with six speeds, and drive is sent to the rear wheels. The automatic is Spyker's first, though it doesn’t hamper the car's 4.5-second run to 62mph (100km/h) nor its top speed of 187mph (300km/h).

The car rides on a brand new front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension system. The set-up includes a new kinematic layout of the front and rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, mono-tube dampers, and coil over damper steel springs. The suspension components are made of forged aluminum where possible, to keep the vehicle’s unsprung weight as low as possible.

Stopping power is supplied by respected brake company AP Racing and these are fitted with black calipers with the Spyker logo. Carbon ceramic brakes will be available as an option soon.

Inside, the C8 Aileron gets a Kharma sound system, GPS navigation, and all the standard modern electronics connectivity - Bluetooth, MP3, etc. The trademark engine turned aluminum dash will be present, plus 19in Aeroblade wheels and a quilted leather cockpit.

Production of the new car will start in May, with sales following shortly thereafter. It is available in 16 standard colours, but customers may choose any colour they wish as an option, as well as the Spyker Squadron GT2 colour scheme. Pricing in Europe will start at €189,990.

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  1. YES! YES! YES!

    I can't even express how glad I am to see that Spyker is still alive and is putting out production cars. Honestly they're one of my favorite luxury/exotic manufacturers out there at the moment (and have been for the last few years of moments).

    Their vehicles just have some sort of a charm about them. I mean they look both elegant and cool, classy yet not boring etc...

    Both the exteriors and the interiors are absolutely stunning.

    Can't wait to see this model and hoping it'll be as awesome as the concept :)


    D12 - Seriously, you gotta admit, thats wicked looking.
     
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  2. are you sure its not just someone stuffed around with the normal spyker on photoshop or something?? but dude that is cool either way =]

    i love cars that dont try to fit into the ordinary exotic car market. even lambo is starting to fall into it, what lambo does now isnt that ratical anymore. i think car brands that dont have as much money poored into it always come out with more interesting cars. i like the old spyker shape better but this is still cool i hope it drives crazy like the old one to. i had the pleaser of driving one a few years ago and it scared the crap out of me! it was tough to drive but it was sooo much fun and rewarding when you pulled of a crazy drift or something. i love my job!
     
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  3. are you sure its not just someone stuffed around with the normal spyker on photoshop or something?? but dude that is cool either way =]

    Is that directed at my image or the story image?

    If mine, then no. Thats the D12 Peking-to-Paris concept from the 2006 Geneva show. See; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyker_D12

    :)
     
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  4. sweet thanx for that buddy. =], looks better than a cayenne and stuff
     
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  5. ...looks better than a cayenne...

    Heh... to be fair, thats not saying much :p
     
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  6. More information on the factory authorized Spyker Owner website: www.spykerowner.com
     
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  7. Always been one of my favorite car companies. The C8 has been near the top of my list of most beautiful cars for a long time, this looks good, too.
     
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  8. Lotus Elise comes to my mind with that front look on the Aileron... as for D12, honestly that is really horrible.

    They sure are very striking and unique, especially with the combination of those machined-aluminum aircraft/nautical inspired themes that surrounds the exterior and entire cabin of their cars.
     
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  9. looks old now
     
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