In the same press release that revealed the existence of the C8 Laviolette ‘LM85′, Spyker also announced that the D8 Peking-to-Paris SUV is in full development. The company says the production version will come by the end of 2009.
The D8 Peking-to-Paris was first revealed as a concept at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. It was powered by a 6.2 liter V10 engine that delivers 536 hp. The top speed was 170 mph, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint was made in 5.5 seconds. Back in May, Spyker and Lotus announced cooperation for the Spyker C8 Aileron and the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris.
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.
Although it had its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show last March, the Spyker C8 Aileron is now making its U.K. debut. And that’s a good enough excuse to show some pics of this awesome hand-built supercar. The C8 Aileron will utilize the same 400 horsepower V-8 from Audi that is in use in the other C8 models. This is the second generation of C8s for the Dutch carmaker. The Aileron updates the C8 line with more interior room through a longer wheelbase, 40% better torsion rigidity, and an available automatic transmission.
Also at the British Motor Show will be the C12 Zagato concept car. This car incorporates the W-12 from Audi, making 500 horsepower. This debuted over a year ago in Geneva, and Spyker has been tempting us with it ever since. So until we can get our hands on the real thing, enjoy the photo gallery.
Spyker and Lotus have reached agreement today on the outline of their intended cooperation, which will include a Parts and Platform Commonality Agreement (PPCA), a Parts and Accessories Supply Agreement pursuant to which Lotus would provide certain parts for Spyker’s new C8 Aileron super sportscar, and a concept Design and Engineering Agreement relating to all of Spyker’s future models.
The parties’ objective is to reduce costs of parts and components by sharing technology.
Victor R. Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars comments: “Our company has had a very fruitful cooperation with Lotus, developed over the past four years, relating to engineering services in respect of certain components of our cars, as well as in respect of worldwide certification. Spyker and Lotus have now come to the conclusion that they need to intensify their cooperation to the point that we intend to share parts and platforms, as well as an agreement on the supply of parts. Moreover, Lotus Engineering has become Spyker’s preferred subcontractor in respect of a number of engineering projects relating to the Spyker C8 Aileron and the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris.
Spyker unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show the C8 Aileron its second generation C-line sports car. The C8 Aileron will come with both a manual as well as an automatic gearbox. The C8 Aileron will be priced at €199.990,00 for the manual version and €207.990,00 for the automatic version.
The Aileron will continue to use the Audi 4.2 litre V8 that delivers 400 hp and a peak torque of 480 Nm. This state-of-the-art 5 valve 4 cam engine is now mated to a 6 speed Getrag manual or a 6 speed automatic ZF gearbox. This is the first time a Spyker is available with such an automatic gearbox as standard equipment. The C8 Aileron can hit a top speed of 187 mph.
With the increased wheelbase (10cm / 4.5 inches) the doors grew by the same length allowing for more comfortable in- and egress. The first generation cars have split side windows which were not optimal in terms of sealing (wind noise and water management). The Aileron has single pane side glass that drops when the door is opened and closed, creating improved comfort level. The rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. The redesigned rear lights are LED units. The outside mirrors were redesigned and the cone is mounted on two turbine fan blades, standard in body colour (but available in polished aluminum as an option).
Spyker will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show in March the C8 Laviolette long-wheelbase (LWB) version. Next to it there will be the D12 sports SUV, the C8 Laviolette GT2R race car (that will be racing at Le Mans) and a regular production C8 Spyder SWB.
It is official. Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya has bought half of the Spyker Formula One team for about $127 million. The deal is technically between companies owned by Mallya and Spyker and includes Dutch investor Michiel Mol.
Mallya is already deeply involved in Formula One through his Kingfisher beer brand, which sponsors the Toyota Panasonic team in Formula One. He is also part of a group seeking to bring a Formula One race to India.
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