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.
Here we are again, entering the world of Jay Leno’s Garage and being ultimately jealous of his infinite opportunities to drive awesome vehicles. In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno had the chance to get behind the wheels of a Spyker C8 Laviolette , a sports car limited to only 24 units and based on the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R.
The C8 Laviolette is powered by an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 400 bhp. The engine is mated to a manual six-speed Getrag gearbox, driving the rear wheels with a Drexler limited slip differential. With a total weight of 2800 lbs, the C8 Laviolette can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 185 mph.
So, check out the video to watch the blue shirt and jeans wearing boss drive the C8 Laviolette and try not to think about how many more cars he has had the luxury of driving compared to the rest of us.
Spyker’s purchase of Saab is finally complete after the Dutch supercar maker announced that the company has completely paid General Motors for every penny, nickel, and dime left in the purchase.
With the last payment on the 15th of July, Spyker opted to pay GM the remaining $24 million it owed ahead of schedule, officially finishing the deal that saw the General turn over Saab to Spyker earlier in the year. Even more impressive is the fact that Spyker didn’t have to take on any loans or add to its debt to make the payment, opting to use funds that came from the company’s internal sources.
Now that Saab is officially the property of Spyker, the latter has become extra aggressive in building the Saab brand back up to respectability, a stark contrast from where it stood a year ago when it was on the verge of shutting down permanently. The latest we heard was that Spyker is looking into ramping up and expanding Saab’s dealership networks in the US and in doing so, would also open the doors for its own line of Spyker supercars, which the company is also looking into ramping up as well, to join the fold.
We gotta say, we thought Saab had one foot in its grave before Spyker swooped in from the Netherlands to save the beleaguered Swedish brand. Now it looks like the brand is on the rebound to become a player in the auto industry once again.
After Lamborghini unveiled the Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce China Limited Edition , Spyker decided that it was high time to announce its plans to unveil a road going version of their GT2 sports car specifically for the Chinese market. The official debut is expected to be made this October.
The production version will be longer, wider, and, more importantly, more comfortable for the driver. Also, like the Lamborghini model, the future Chinese edition of theC8 Spyder GT2 will feature specific design elements, both inside and out. The engine will also get an upgrade, making it more suitable for day to day driving.
We heard this one before, but now it seems that this rumor is gaining some legs. Spyker , the Dutch supercar makers that recently acquired Saab , are seriously looking into increasing production of the C8 Aileron supercar from the 36 units it produced in 2009 to about 250 units by 2012. As perspective as to how big this news is, consider that since 2002, Spyker has only sold 214 vehicles.
The move is indicative of Spyker’s renewed approach in producing and marketing their cars. They are veering away from the limited-run uber exclusive production and moving to an increased production volume. This is supported by the brand’s move to CAAP Manufacturing, Ltd. in England providing the added resources and man-power to accomplish their objective.
It also can’t go unnoticed that since Spyker purchased Saab , they have been licking their chops in using the latter’s vast dealership network , something that should bode well for Spyker’s objective in increasing awareness and production of their supercars.
Likewise, the supercar manufacturer is also in the process of introducing a new automatic transmission, which it is hoping will attract a new segment of customers, including those in the US, that put a premium on comfort more than they do in performance.
Whatever the case may be, it’s beginning to look like Spyker won’t be having supply and demand problems with the C8 Aileron in the future.
Many have thought that Spyker ’s purchase of Saab was done solely for the purpose of saving the beleaguered Swedish brand from getting its head chopped off. Turns out, there’s more to this than meets the eye.
According to Bloomberg, Spyker may be looking at the prospect of increasing, possibly even doubling, their dealerships all over the world by using Saab’s vast network to channel those rare Spyker machines to a bigger market. That’s great news for us, especially since Spyker has never been known as a high-volume manufacturer.
Currently, Spyker has 35 dealerships all over the world while only producing roughly the same amount, maybe a little higher, of Spyker cars in a year. Now that they have new networks to explore, Spyker is toying with the idea of not only increasing their dealerships to about 60 on the planet, but also ramping up more units to sell as a result of the increased options available to them.
Even though its far from a confirmed report, we’ll be the first to tell you that we can never have enough of those C8 Aileron s prowling the streets of the world.
Spyker ’s purchase of Saab certainly came with its fair share of risks and the Swedish supercar maker is optimistic that the short-term risks would eventually yield to long-term gains.
Now that Saab is in the fold, Spyker aims to increase their production total from about 50 cars per year under their own brand to somewhere in the thousands range through the Saab brand they purchased from General Motors. As it stands, Saab is being kept afloat through loans from the European Investment Board and funds it received from selling some of its assets to Beijing Automotive Works.
In the long run, Spyker is pegging a number of 80,000 to 85,000 vehicles sold annually for the next few years so that it can dig itself out of the proverbial red ink hole it’s currently in. According to Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson, the brand is confident that it could reach those figures sometime in the next few years - possibly as early as the latter part of 2011 - and eventually, reach somewhere around 125,000 units sold annually thereafter.
That’s their version of a light at the end of the tunnel.
Not everyone has the opportunity to race in such a historical race as the LeMans, but gamers everywhere can explore the hidden twists and turns in Forza Motorsport 3 and now they can do it with a new orange racer. Spyker announced today that the newC8 Laviolette LM85 will be featured as the free car of the month for the Forza 3 Motorsport Exotic Car pack released on May 11, 2010 for 400 Microsoft Points.
"We’ve created something very special and unique with the LM85," said Victor Muller, Spyker CEO. "It’s very exciting to share our creation and passion with the Xbox and Forza Motorsport community, and we can’t wait to see how players put it through the paces on the track."
The LM85 is powered by an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 400 bhp. It accelerates from 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 185 mph. The real C8 Laviolette LM85 was limited to 24 units, but, thankfully, the digital version will not have a unit cap.
If you needed any proof that China has become the number one auto market in the world, consider that even the niche supercar makers of the western world have all taken the first steps in entering the same Chinese market that moved past the US last year as the auto market equivalent of nirvana.
The latest automaker to begin entering the Chinese auto market is Spyker , after the Swedish company signed an agreement with the China Automobile Trading Company - the number one importer of foreign cars in the country - to become the official importer of Spyker vehicles in China. As is customary in China, the agreement is still subject to government approval before the deal is officially sealed.
Spyker CEO, Victor Muller, is optimistic that in a country that accounted for 13.64 million cars sold in 2009, there should be plenty of room for Spyker to sell its vehicular fleet which includes supercars, luxury SUVs, and luxury commercial vehicles.