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Spyker Seeking New Engine Supplier For C8 Aileron

 

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As the name implies, a supercar is suppose to thrill its owner in every possible regard. While Spyker’s C8 Aileron is said to be a big improvement over the old C8, power output is still a relatively modest (by supercar standards) 405 horsepower.

That’s less than you get in a new Ford Mustang GT, which certainly isn’t helping sales of Spyker’s luxury supercar. While the Swedish automaker continues to use the 4.2-liter Audi V-8 in its current C8 Aileron production, it’s been looking for a new partner to supply engines with additional output.

Until recently, that partner looked like it may have been General Motors. As Autoweek.nl explains, Spyker has successfully tested the 556-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V-8 from the Cadillac CTS-V in the C8 Aileron. GM likely would have been willing to supply engines, but then Spyker filed a $3 billion lawsuit against the Detroit automaker.

We’re fairly certain that the pending litigation will end any ongoing relationship between GM and Spyker, which leaves the boutique automaker back at square one in its search for a new engine supplier. At least Spyker knows what it wants, favoring a V-8 over a V-6 and requiring “at least” 500 horsepower to provide sufficient thrust for the C8 Aileron.

Given Spyker’s recent financial woes (primarily tied to Saab's demise), we imagine the list of qualified and willing suppliers is a short one indeed.


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  1. There's an insightful quote that reads: "Never bite the hand that feeds you, because it will be the same hand that chokes you to death". I think Spyker have always wanted to build models powered with popular high performance engines. Spiker already have V8 engines delivering more than 400hp:the C8 with a twin turbo V8 engine delivering 525-600hp. Then there is the 12 series: The Spyker C12 LaTurbie, the C12 Zagato(better looks IMO), and the Peking to Paris(weird)powered by a 6.2L W12 from Volkswagen (600-650hp; and they were also considering a V8 from Chrysler. IMO GM is not Spyker's worst enemy: bad looks and astronomically high sticker prices are.
     
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  2. @Adalberto, the real question is this: how long can Spyker hold on by selling a handful of luxury supercars each year? I wonder how much of the lawsuit against GM was to protect shareholders (as Victor Muller alleged) and how much was out of a desperate need for operating cash.
     
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  3. It makes sense!
     
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