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.
Meticulously hand-crafted and inspired by the company’s rich and storied history in aviation, the C8 Aileron represents the latest in Spyker’s signature architecture. The new C8 Aileron takes off from the design language of its predecessor, albeit with a shift in philosophy: from the propeller design that has come to define the last model, the new C8 Aileron now takes its inspiration to the turbine propulsion.
In doing this, a number of design elements from the last model were scrapped, all in the name of enhancing aerodynamic performance.
Noted by their absence in the new model include the polished air inlets that have been turned into turbine-engine-shaped air scoops; the removal of the shark-like gills to give the car a cleaner and smoother appearance; a larger front grille that provides additional cooling; a redesigned rear diffuser to improve functionality; and an extra spoiler placed under the diffuser to give the car extra downforce.
More to the design of the new C8 Aileron was Spyker’s motivation to give the car more substance over style. As such, the company gave the new car single-pane, full retractable side windows compared to the split-side window design of the old model. Similarly, the outside mirrors on the new car were redesigned and mounted on two turbine fan blades.
As for the lights, the new C8 Aileron has LED lights on the indicators, the sidelights, and the entire rear lights setting. Upon inspection, you’ll also notice that the headlights have been redesigned to follow the body design of the car more closely, which is an indication of the new design philosophy Spyker is instituting with the new model line-up.
For purposes of variety, the C8 Aileron will be available with a choice of 16 color finishes, all of which were developed by Sikkens Autolakken Nederland and AkzoNobel Car Refinishes, two companies that have a glowing reputation for their high quality standards and their flexibility to meet special requirements from customers.
The interior of the C8 Aileron comes with more breathing room, courtesy of the space created by the car’s longer chassis. To ensure that the level of comfort and ergonomic satisfaction remains top-class, Spyker took careful attention to details, opting for the highest quality leather in the form of the Litano range of the Dutch Royal Tannery Hulshof. This leather option is available in 14 standard colors and if the customer wishes for a more exotic flavor to the leather, it can be ordered as an option.
In the front, the C8 Aileron’s dashboard was completely redesigned to better suit Spyker’s new design direction. The air vents, like the various references on the exterior, have been designed with the same turbine style configuration. In addition, a multifunctional LCD display has been integrated between the speedometer and the odometer with the car’s middle console accommodates the C8 Aileron’s standard Kharma sound system.
Contrary to previous reports saying that the C8 Aileron will be powered by an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine that will produce 400 horsepower, the latest word coming out of Spyker is that the C8 Aileron will instead have 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.
Despite getting the green light for production - finally! - there’s still no word as to how much the new Spyker C8 Aileron will cost. Having said that, if you base it on past models and the expected sticker price of the C8 Aileron Spyder, this man-made beast will likely retail at somewhere north of $350,000.
These days, a 500-horsepower isn’t powerful enough to even crack the Top 10 list of the most powerful supercars on the planet. On the flip side, unlike the rest of those exotics that come with atmospheric price tags, the C8 Aileron will save you some extra dough, provided of course, that paying somewhere around $350,000 isn’t a problem for you.
Say you have that kind of budget and you’re in the market for a supercar, would you choose the more exotic and more expensive Spyker C8 Aileron or the equally exotic yet more powerful and cheaper McLaren MP4-12C?
Right off the bat: you can’t go wrong with either car. We’ll say it right now. If we were tasked to make a choice based on aesthetic design and performance capabilities, both cars score high marks on the two departments - the MP4-12C, just so you know, is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 592 horsepower.
The only problem is while the C8 Aileron may be the more enigmatic car of the two - really, how many people outside of auto enthusiasts have heard of the C8 Aileron? - the fact remains that it’s less powerful in comparison to the MP4-12C yet reportedly commands a higher price tag.
Gorgeous turbine-inspired design
500 horsepower is beastly
Brand retention is shaky
Plenty of delays might give buyers pause
Lots of other options for that kind of money