So Spyker was all set up to have a bad-ass new engine for its C8 Aileron, a 6.2-liter LSA V-8 from General Motors. This is the same plant that you’ll find under the nose of a Corvette ZR-1 and Cadillac CTS-V. Now, Spyker is suing GM for $3 billion over its blocking Spyker from selling Saab to Youngman Lotus, thereby sending Spyker into bankruptcy. Yeah, that will end any relationship these two had.
So, with Spyker likely left with no engine supplier for the C8 Aileron, we need to take a look and at where exactly it can dig up some ponies to try and pull a profit. Let’s have a look at potential suitors and what they have to offer.
Before we start, we have to keep in mind a few rules here. Spyker can’t just run off and ask other boutique automakers, like Aston Martin and Jaguar, to borrow an engine for a car that will compete with them. It needs to find one from a supplier that just wants its name out there in a supercar.
Click past the the jump to read our full list of possible suitors.
Unfortunately, those investors never materialized and, as a result, the economic viability of Spyker has continued on its downward spiral. Spyker was recently in serious investment talks with CPP Global Holdings and North Street Capital, but both firms have gone quiet in the past few months and Spyker’s future is looking very bleak yet again.
De Telegraaf recently reported that Spyker Cars posted a net profit of $154 million in just the first 6 months of the year and consequently, one would think that finding a large investor would be a walk in the park. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
In saying that, however, Victor Muller’s statement that the company is “virtually debt free” doesn’t leave us with a great deal of confidence, as it’s clear that the firm’s undisclosed debt levels are dissuading investors from picking up the exclusive marque.
Despite this news, production of the Spyker C8 Aileron continues albeit at a slower pace.
Who is Akon everybody knows. But for sure not many of you know that he just finished preparing his ride for 2012: a very cool Spyker C8 equipped with Savini Forged SV-29s Centerlock wheels. Its true this is not the most beautiful tuned C8, but yet again everyone know that rappers have a stranger taste when it comes about tuning their cars.
The good thing is that he did not ruined the exterior of the car and he limited to only updating the car’s interior. But that ugly yellow custom paint is more than enough. At least for our taste, maybe some of you might like it.
All the work has been done by Exclusive Motoring in Miami, Florida and includes the addition of a new set of One-Off 20" Staggered SV-29s Centerlock with custom paint.
It is impossible not to notice that more and more companies are developing special editions for the Chinese market. And if Lamborghini has the Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce China Limited Edition, then it seems Spyker is welcome to bring the C8 Laviolette Special Edition for China to the Shanghai Auto Show. The company is already accepting orders and have announced a price of 4.8 million yuan, or about $735,000 at the current exchange rates.
The Spyker C8 Laviolette Special Edition for China will feature an orange body combined with a red, white, and blue flag decoration. The vehicle’s body and external parts, such as mirrors, beautiful inlets, and wheels, are all constructed from the best aluminum material.
Now that those minor aesthetic features have been taken care, we move on to the most impressive feature of this special edition: the 4.2-liter V8 engine. This engine has been tuned to deliver a total of 500 HP, up from the usual 400 HP. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Now that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, it goes without saying that the event was arguably the biggest and most successful auto show since the 2009 IAAs in Frankfurt, Germany.
Some might contend that, but as far as we’re concerned, its been a while since we had an auto show that has been as widely attended by almost all automakers in the world quite like what we saw in Geneva.
And while we may have been introduced to a lot of the cars that were launched in Geneva beforehand, there were still some models, mostly of the concept variety, that took us by surprise.
Most of these models weren’t previewed before the event so when the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors, just about everybody in attendance and those keeping tabs over the Web didn’t see these cars coming.
But now that they’re here, we can take a look at the models that made the 2011 Geneva Motor Show that much more interesting.
After a number of delays that really tested the patience of Spyker fans all over the world, we finally have some good news about the brand’s resident supercar, the Spyker C8 Aileron. According to Spyker, the Aileron is finally ready to hit the production line and will do so at the conclusion of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Turns out, the production delay stems from the company’s relocation of their production facilities that came as a result of Spyker’s take-over of Saab. Now that everything seems to have settled down, production of the C8 Aileron will soon commence - much to the delight of those who have waited a long time for the car to arrive.
The production version of the Spyker C8 Aileron is expected to come with a 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine - the same one under the hood of the Corvette ZR1 and Cadillac CTS-V - that produces over 500 horsepower.
Full details on the Spyker C8 Aileron after the jump.
Spyker is bringing the production ready C8 Aileron to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but they will also be presenting the new Aileron GT - a new race car that will replace the current C8 Laviolette GT2R racer in the 2012 motorsport season. The new model will be developed by Spyker Squadron’s expanded engineering team at its Zeewolde headquarters in conjunction with its long-standing technical partners. According to Spyker, various racing teams are already interested in purchasing the racer.
Spyker Squadron Managing Director, Peter Van Erp, said: "We are taking a racing sabbatical this year to concentrate our resources on developing a new GT racer based on Spyker’s new C8 Aileron supercar, instead of continuing to spend money on a car at the end of its development cycle. For the long term future of Spyker Squadron, and for its role in the promotion and technical development of Spyker road cars, it’s a positive and strategically important step.
"Ultimately, our fans can look forward to a very exciting long term future following Spyker in top-flight endurance racing, with both the Spyker Squadron and customer racing teams fielding C8 Aileron GT cars. And as a result, Spyker will become an even more prominent and successful name in endurance motorsport around the world in 2012 and beyond."
Spyker has unveiled the C8 Aileron Spyder in 2009 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. However, until now there is not even a single unit on the streets. However, while people are waiting to actually see this car, Dutch CEO Victor Muller announced it will be built only as a limited edition. Only 99 people will actually have the chance to drive this car. The only question is "When?" Spyker announced at the official launch in 2009 that the C8 Aileron Spyder will go into production in the first half of 2010, and now is the first half of 2011 and they still do not have a production version ready. So we guess the crisis is really holding them back!
Another news is that instead of being offered with the same Audi sourced 4.2 Liter V8 as the coupe version, the Spyder version will be powered by a V8 Corvette ZR1 engine.
Hit the jump to read more about the Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder.
Some folks simply aren’t satisfied with the amount of attention brought on by driving a 400-horsepower super car. We don’t understand it, but that has to be the reason Spyker decided to dress up their C8 Spyder in chrome and bring it to China for the Beijing Auto Expo. This vehicle should be enough to satisfy some egos.
Some people may like chrome, including the Chinese fellow who reportedly scooped up this car for 4.8 million yuan, on their cars, but we’re on the other side of the fence here. Chrome is good for a lot of things, including a car’s rims, but painting an entire car, let alone a Spyker C8 Spyder, in chrome is not really what we’d call ‘pleasant to the eyes’.
But hey, beauty is still in the eye of the beholder, and if someone liked it enough to part with 4.8 million yuan, then that’s his decision.
We just wouldn’t want to see this car on the other side of the road in the middle of the day, that is, unless we had some polarized glasses at our disposal.
Next Friday at Monterey, RM Auctions will be offering a stunning 2006 Spyker C8 Spyder for auction. The car is expected to be sold for a price between $150,000 to $200,000. It has less than 400 miles on its odometer.
The Spyker C8 Spyder is powered by a 400 bhp, 4,172 cc, mid-rear mounted Audi V8 engine with aluminum block and heads, dual overhead camshafts, five valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, and electronic sequential-port fuel injection. The engine is mated to a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle and a four-wheel independent suspension. It only weighs 2,750lbs which makes for an astounding power to weight ratio. The 0-60mph sprint is made in just 4.4 seconds. The C8 Spyder also features fuselage-type styling, rear “cannon-port” vents, a prominent wide grille intake, a propeller-inspired steering wheel, an engine-turned dash insert, and more.
The limited-production C8 Spyder is a hand-made convertible sports car with room for two. It is finished in Metallic Blue with a tan leather interior and comes from a large private automobile collection.
If anyone is interested then we suggest they head on over to Monterey before this beauty gets snatched up by someone else.