This Sunday at Pebble Beach the Spyker C8 Aileron will make its U.S. debut. Faithful readers will have already seen this car from its debuts at the British and Frankfurt Motor Shows, but we are always looking for a good excuse to show pics of these curvy sports cars.
This appearance will mark Spyker’s 8th presence at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance since the rebirth of the company. The C8 Aileron is a longer wheelbase version of the C8, allowing for more room and convenience options such as an automatic transmission. Expected to enter production by the end of the year, the car will still be powered by the 4.2-liter V-8 from Audi making 400 hp. That should be good for a top speed of 187 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. No official U.S. pricing has been announced, but expect to pay over the C8 Laviolette’s $278,000 for this new version.
Press release after the jump.
Spyker Cars N.V., manufacturer of exclusive premium sports cars, is again present at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Carmel, California, USA, from Wednesday August 13, until Sunday August 17, 2008. Spyker has attended this event since its rebirth in 2000 and is present for the eighth consecutive time.
The presence of Spyker marks the US debut of the all aluminium LWB model Spyker C8 Aileron. On Sunday, August 17, during the Annual Concept Car Display on the Concept Lawn in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, the Spyker C8 Aileron will be prominently displayed.
>From Thursday, August 14, through Sunday, August 17, a C8 Spyder and a C8 Laviolette will be on display at the Spyker stand on Peter Hay Hill. Two additional Spykers will be on display at the McCalls Motorworks event on Wednesday, August 13 and at the Quail Lodge on Friday, August 15.
Spyker C8 Aileron (concept car)
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6, Spyker is proud to introduce the concept of its second generation C-line sports car in the United States of America. The Long Wheel Base model C8 Aileron can be specified with either manual or automatic transmission. The all aluminium C8 Aileron continues Spyker’s signature architecture (applied since its inception in 2000 with the C8 Spyder) of a mid-engined configuration in an aluminium space frame, clad in aluminium body panels.
The Aileron’s space frame is an advanced design from its original, as seen on the first generation of the Spyker models: its torsional rigidity was improved by 40% without adding any weight. Its dimensions have been modified, increasing the wheelbase by 100 mm / 4.5 inches for improved road handling, more cockpit space and to suit the automatic gearbox. Furthermore, its front track was widened and as a result the car is virtually ‘square’.
The Aileron will continue to use a 4.2 litre V8 producing 400 BHP. This engine is mated to a 6 speed Getrag manual or a 6 speed automatic ZF gearbox. Every Aileron will be equipped with a Kharma sound system, incorporating a GPS system, Bluetooth, CD player and I-pod connectivity. The Spyker C8 Aileron is scheduled to go into production at the end of 2008.
Spyker C8 Spyder & Laviolette
The Spyker C8 is an advanced mid-engine, two-seat sports car, available in both coupe (Laviolette) and convertible (Spyder). It is characterized by a distinctive design, a lightweight all aluminium body construction and an uncompromising engineering package.
Both the Laviolette and Spyder have an all aluminium Audi V8 engine producing 400 bhp and generating 480 Nm of torque. This is paired to a manual six-speed gearbox, driving the rear wheels with a limited slip differential and ABS. The extremely low kerb weight of only 2,800lbs along with the impressive performance delivers a top speed of 187 mph and an acceleration from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds.
Optional features include a turned aluminium dashboard fascia, elegant 19” Aeroblade™ wheels, quilted leather detailing for the cockpit and Chronoswiss dashboard instruments.
Additionally, complete bespoke and unique finishes are available for the experienced connoisseur. Customers may also order a Louis Vuitton luggage set exclusively made for Spyker – the only car company in the world to have such an arrangement with the famous French design house.
All cars are available in both left and right hand drive and are hand-crafted using only the finest bespoke materials to create the unique automotive statements. Each car is a testament to the five brand values that the company lives by - heritage, design, craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.