2008 Spyker C8 Aileron

2008 Spyker C8 Aileron
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  • Spyker C8 Aileron
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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.

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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.

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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).

Press release after the jump.

 

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2018 Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder

2018 Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder

The boutique Dutch automaker gets a heavy dose of Swedish power

Originally founded in the Netherlands in 1880 as a producer of carriages, Spyker pivoted to create fighter planes at the outset of the World War I but eventually went under in 1925. However, the name was revived in 2000, and now Spyker produces boutique high-end sports cars, the latest of which is dubbed the C8 Preliator. The coupe iteration was introduced in 2016, while the drop-top Spyder was introduced a year later at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show rocking a fresh powerplant courtesy of the power-hungry folks at Koenigsegg Automotive.

Continue reading to learn more about the Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder.

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2017 Spyker C8 Aileron LM85

2017 Spyker C8 Aileron LM85

A racing-inspired send-off for the classic Spyker coupe

The C8 Aileron has been around for about seven years now, first making the scene at the 2010 Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva. As the automaker points out, the debut “marked a significant milestone in Spyker Cars’ history,” but with the production cycle soon ending and a third-generation vehicle on its way, Spyker is giving the C8 Aileron a proper send-off with this – the LM85 special edition. Inspired by Spyker’s racing and aviation history, the C8 Aileron LM85 will be limited to just three examples, and come with new enhancements for the exterior and interior, plus a solid supercharged wallop from the mid-mounted 4.2-liter V-8 engine.

Continue reading to learn more about what makes the Spyker C8 Aileron LM85 special.

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What Are The Craziest Supercar Interiors That Money Can Buy?

What Are The Craziest Supercar Interiors That Money Can Buy?

This time, it’s what’s on the inside that counts

We’re gonna be honest here – supercars are just getting ridiculous these days. Let’s start with the performance. We left the 200-mph barrier a long time ago, and the tip-top shelf performance vehicles these days are pushing ever closer to 300 mph thanks to absurd four-figure power numbers, advanced aerodynamics, and spaceship composites under (and over) the skin. Or you could talk about the cost – if you’ve got the connections and the bankroll, it’s not all that difficult to spend millions and millions on just one of these machines. Indeed, the term supercar has taken on new meaning over the past couple years, and that includes evolved cabins to match the insane spec sheets. To celebrate that fact, we’ve assembled the top five craziest supercar interiors that money can buy, right here for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Over the top is a gross understatement when it comes to the following five cars. These things offer levels of opulence usually reserved for mansions, accomplishing the dual goals of looking good and going fast thanks to next-level design, materials, and execution.

Some of them are beautiful, some of them are weird, but all of them are insane in their own special kind of way. Which would you prefer? Or better yet, did we fail to include a crazy supercar interior that tops these five? Let us know in the comments section.

Continue reading to learn more about the craziest supercar interiors that money can buy.

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The Spyker-Koenigsegg Collaboration Could Change The Supercar Landscape For The Better

The Spyker-Koenigsegg Collaboration Could Change The Supercar Landscape For The Better

Hard to think of it now, but collaborations between supercar brands is admittedly exciting to think about

It’s been rough going for Spyker over the past few years, but better days appear to be ahead for the Swedish maker of supercars thanks in part to a partnership it has entered with Koenigsegg. As per the agreement, Koenigsegg will now be the official engine supplier of both coupe and spyder versions of Spyker’s C8 Preliator, replacing Audi in that role and ushering a new era of supercar collaborations that could change the landscape of the segment in the coming years.

Yes, you read that right. Koenigsegg, the makers of all-conquering machines like the Regera and the One:1, will now be tasked to power Spyker’s future lineup of models, beginning with the two Preliator variants. The news comes as Spyker is set to present the C8 Preliator Spyder, the topless version of the coupe variant it unveiled in Geneva this time last year.

Remember, the C8 Preliator that was shown last year came with an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that put out 517 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right? But when compared to the new digs Spyker’s getting from Koenigsegg – a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – well, we’re going to let the numbers paint the picture.

With the new V-8 bolted up, the C8 Preliator Spyder will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 201 mph. Sure, it’s not on the level of Koenigsegg’s four-wheel guided missiles, but it still comes as a slight improvement over the supercharged Audi V-8. It covered the same 60-mph time in 3.7 seconds before peaking at a similar 201-mph top speed.

But the Spyker-Koenigsegg partnership isn’t just about bigger engines, more power, and improved performance. It also points to something even more important, not only for both brands, but for the whole supercar segment entirely. Whereas competition remains the driving force of this market, this collaboration could open up a world of new possibilities for future supercar brands moving forward. It may be Spyker and Koenigsegg now, but imagine if, say, Koenigsegg and Bugatti joined forces to create the ultimate supercar? Impossible? Perhaps. But there was a time when the kind of partnership we’re seeing between Spyker and Koenigsegg would’ve been scoffed at as well.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2017 Spyker C8 Preliator

2017 Spyker C8 Preliator

Spyker debuts a new C8 at the Geneva Motor Show

Spyker has had its fair share of trouble in the past. There was that issue with GM, and then Spyker eventually filed for bankruptcy. That bankruptcy was declared null and void, but it was still a troubling time for the company. That’s ok, though, because Spyker is back and has even debuted a new C8 this year at the Geneva International Motor Show. Dubbed the Preliator, it’s the third generation C8, and it’s said to be the “ultimate translation” of Spyker’s aviation heritage to a “road jet” or “plane without wings.”

The name “Preliator” means fighter or warrior in Latin, so it’s no surprise Spyker chose that name for its new C8. At the unveiling in Geneva, Victor R. Muller, Spyker’s Founder and CEO, said, “The greatest man in our industry, Enzo Ferrari, once said: ‘What’s behind you, doesn’t matter.’ What does matter is the fact that we have returned to Geneva today to unveil the worthy successor to the Spyker C8 Aileron, launched right here in 2009, of which the last five units are being assembled in our new production facilities in Coventry, the United Kingdom.”

So, Spyker hasn’t even finished producing the previous generation and has already debuted the next. The question is – does the C8 Preliator differ enough from the previous generation to suffice as a new model? Well, it’s still hand built, and from a glance, it looks to be an interesting car, so let’s dive on into this review and see what is going on with Spyker’s new C8 Preliator.

Updated 03/30/2016: Spyker announced U.S. prices for its new C8 Preliator at the 2016 New York Auto Show where the sports car made its North American debut. The car will be limited to only 50 units worldwide and will be offered with both manual and automatic transmission. Check the "Prices" section for more details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Spyker C8 Preliator.

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Spyker Sues GM; Where will the C8’s engine come from now?

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.

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Spyker looking for additional investors for future survival

The past few months haven’t been easy for Spyker. After ending its affiliations with Saab, and changing its name back from Swedish Automobile to Spyker, the company fell on hard times. CEO Victor Muller confirmed a few months ago that investors were needed and once found, production could substantially increase.

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.

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Akon's ride: Spyker C8 on Savini wheels

Akon’s ride: Spyker C8 on Savini wheels

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.

Akon’s garage also include: a white Porsche Panamera equipped with Savini wheels, a white Ferrari 458 Italia and two Lamborghini: a Gallardo and a Murcielago.

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2011 Spyker C8 Laviolette Special Edition for China

2011 Spyker C8 Laviolette Special Edition for China

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.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show Recap

2011 Geneva Motor Show Recap

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.

Check out the list after the jump

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2011 Spyker C8 Aileron

2011 Spyker C8 Aileron

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.

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2012 Spyker C8 Aileron GT

2012 Spyker C8 Aileron GT

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."

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2011 Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder

2011 Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder

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.

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Spyker C8 Spyder is all chromed up

Spyker C8 Spyder is all chromed up

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.

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2006 Spyker C8 Spyder for auction at Monterey

2006 Spyker C8 Spyder for auction at Monterey

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.

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Video: Jay Leno drives the Spyker C8 Laviolette

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.

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Spyker works on C8 Spyder GT2 for China

Spyker works on C8 Spyder GT2 for China

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.

Next to this, Spyker also has plans for a four-door model set to be released in 2013. No doubt, this will compete with models like the Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XF, and the cheaper Passat CC.

As China is about to become the largest automotive market in the world, get used to seeing these kind of "special edition models" more often now.

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Spyker looking at increasing production of C8 Aileron

Spyker looking at increasing production of C8 Aileron

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.

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Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 coming to Forza Motorsport 3

Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 coming to Forza Motorsport 3

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Spyker C8 Aileron review

Video: Spyker C8 Aileron review

Autocar had the chance to get behind the wheel of the Spyker C8 Aileron supercar. The video gives a great look to both the inside and the outside of the C8 Aileron giving us the opportunity to see what a popular and expensive designer added to the design detail of this automobile. What did they think about the car? How much cooler do things sound with an accent? Watch the video and find out!

The Spyker C8 Aileron is powered by an Audi 4.2 Liter V8 that produces 400HP and is available with the choice of two different transmissions. It accelerates from 0 to 60MPH in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 187MPH.


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Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder debuts at Pebble Beach

Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder debuts at Pebble Beach

The Dutch super car builders from Spyker were keeping the theme of high-end debuts going at Pebble with the unveiling of the Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder. The drop top super car is based upon the exact same aluminum space frame chassis as the fixed roof version that made itself known to the world earlier this year at the Geneva Motor show replacing the long running C8. The Spyder is powered by the same 4.2 Liter Audi sourced V8 as the hard top and should be pumping out somewhere around 400 HP and for the first time is offering an automatic gearbox.

Aside from the beautiful new bodywork that hints at the automaker’s aviation heritage, the Spyder wears the company’s motto “Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via” on the tonneau cover that hides away the semiautomatic soft-top that is capable of sealing off the cabin in just 20 seconds. The unit is also covered in quilted Hulshof leather, the same as the Aileron’s interior, surrounding a wing shaped piece of travel luggage upholstered in the same quilted leather and resting on the CNC-machined aluminum luggage rack.

The C8 Aileron Spyder’s chassis was designed to be much more rigid than the outgoing C8 which will work wonderfully with the vehicle’s new suspension that was designed and supplied by Lotus to make this a very capable super car. Adding a bit of bling to aviation inspired road rocket are a set of 19 inch Aeroblade wheels housing a set of massive AP Racing brakes. Spyker expects that half of all C8 Spyders produced will end up here in America, so what better place to unveil the new open air machine to the U.S. market. With a move like this, Spyker is living up to their motto inscribed on the shoulders of the car, ”For the tenacious, no road is impassable.”

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2010 Spyker C8 Aileron photo gallery

2010 Spyker C8 Aileron photo gallery

The Dutch built Spyker C8 Aileron was unveiled back at the Geneva Motor Show in production trim. The first models have already made their way out the showroom doors and on to the streets of Europe. This particular cherry red metallic Aileron managed to be caught by the trigger happy automotive paparazzi.

The C8 Aileron is powered by a Audi 4.2 Liter V8 engine that delivers 400 HP and is available with two transmission options. The first one is a 6 speed Getrag manual gearbox, with ratios perfectly matched to suit the FSI power plant. The other option is a ZF 6 speed automatic gearbox, which comes standard with paddle shifts behind the steering wheel, giving you that Formula 1 feeling as you shift up through the gears. This particular C8 is able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 187 MPH.

Check out the gallery on the right after the jump.

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Spyker prepares C8 Aileron for Le Mans GT1 competition

Spyker prepares C8 Aileron for Le Mans GT1 competition

The GT field will look a little different in the 2010 Le Mans Series because a few teams will be both moving up and down in class. The Corvette Racing Team, hot off their GT1 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be stepping down into the GT2 category in order to compete on the track with the same vehicles that the production car competes with in showrooms. Meanwhile, the Dutch super car builder Spyker, who has been competing in the GT2 category since 2002, has bigger dreams of entering their new C8 Aileron as a GT1 racecar.

The new C8 super car will make its production car debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next year, but on the racetrack the Spyker Squadron plans on entering two machines, while a privateer team will handle the older C8 Laviolette.

The C8 Aileron is powered by an Audi sourced 4.2 Liter engine that delivers 400 HP and will be available with two transmission options. The first is a 6 speed manual gearbox built by Getrag with a set of gear ratios perfectly matched to the FSI powered eight cylinder. If you want to shift your Spyker with paddles, you get a ZF 6 speed automatic. The Spyker C8 Aileron can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 187 MPH.

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Video: Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R in action

Video: Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R in action

This video was taken last weekend during the 1000 km of Spa, part of the 2009 Le Mans Series. The homologated road version, the Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 is powered by a 4.2 Liter V8 producing 400 HP and the engine is mated to a manual six-speed Getrag gearbox. Perfect for taking down Porsches, Lamborghinis and even a few Ferraris.

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Spyker C8 Aileron - production version to be revealed in Geneva

Spyker C8 Aileron - production version to be revealed in Geneva

Spyker has been milking this one for a while. We first saw the concept of the C8 Aileron (pictured below right) at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, and since then Spyker has been taking it to all the major car shows in 2008. Now the production car will be in Geneva this year, and Spyker is inticing us with this teaser.

For a car that is a sort of like the second-generation of the C8 line, a year is a long time to wait. What the C8 Aileron has to offer is more interior room through a longer wheelbase (4.5 inches), 40% better torsion rigidity, and an available automatic transmission. The C8 Aileron will use the same 400 hp 4.2-liter Audi-based V8 engine as the other C8 models.

How different will it look than the concept? We’ll find out on March 3rd.

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2010 Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85

2010 Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85

Isn’t homologation wonderful? If manufactures want to go racing in the GT2 class, they have to cough up a few examples for the public to fight over. One such street racer is Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85, which will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is a road version of its GT2 LeMans car and will be limited to only 24 units. The car will go into production by the end of 2008 and will be offered in both left and right hand drive.

The LM85 is powered by an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 400 bhp. The engine is mated to a manual six-speed Getrag gearbox, driving the rear wheels with a Drexler limited slip differential.

It will come with lots of racing characteristics: aluminium chassis, GT2 livery (Burnt Almond Orange with Gun Metal ‘S’ logo), carbon fiber rear spoiler, and GT2 windscreen streamer.

Press release after the jump.

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USA debut for Spyker C8 Aileron at Pebble Beach

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.

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New Spykers Appear at British Motor Show

New Spykers Appear at British Motor Show

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.

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2008 Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro
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2008 Audi Q7 Coastline Concept
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2008 Pininfarina Sintesi
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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco
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2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
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2008 Audi R8 TDI Le Mans
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2008 Renault Megane Coupe
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2008 Seat SportCoupe Bocanegra
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Mazda2 Three-Door
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2009 Jaguar XKR-S
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2009 Toyota IQ
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2009 Aston Martin DB9
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2008 Spyker C8 Aileron
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2009 Infiniti FX50
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2008 Spyker C8 Aileron

2008 Spyker C8 Aileron

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).

Press release after the jump.

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560 hp Spyker C8 Double12 S for sale

560 hp Spyker C8 Double12 S for sale

The Spyker C8 Double12 S we are talking about in here is a very unusual one. First because it looks a lot like the Maserati MC12. But that’s not all.

The car is capable of 560 hp. If you compare this to the standard 400 hp from a regular C8 Double12 S, you have to admit that’s pretty impressive.

This amazing C8 Double12 S is available for sale in Ukraine at "only" 260,000 Euro and has only 450 kilometres on the odometer.

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Spyker LWB C8 Laviolette to be unveiled in Geneva

Spyker LWB C8 Laviolette to be unveiled in Geneva

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.

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Jet Li driving a Spyker

"War" (Rogue) will be released on August 24. Is a movie featuring Jet Li and
Jason Statham. You will say "So what!", but that means you do not know that in the movie Jet Li is driving a Spyker C8 Spyder!.

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Introducing the Spyker C8 Spyder - motoring for true individuals

Introducing the Spyker C8 Spyder - motoring for true individuals

Powered by 400hp of growling V8 engine this super-lightweight all-aluminum two seat sports car roars to 60mph in less than five seconds and hurtles beyond 180mph, all the while surrounding the occupants in one of the most daring and exotic interiors available on any production car.
Leather from the finest supplier in the motor industry; dashboard instruments uniquely crafted by the master watch-maker Chronoswiss; exposed gear linkage and racing pedal box hewn from solid aluminum billet; (...)

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Spyker crashes on goning to AutoSalon

Spyker crashes on goning to AutoSalon

Altough I wished, Dutch is not one of my current languages. But, as far as I understood, a 300.000 euro Spyker C8 Spyder crahed while going to an Auto Salon in Brussels.
It seems that the driver didn’t respect the red light and turned to fast to the right; he end up in the grass. The driver was fortunately unhurt.
The car was entirely made by hand.

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Spyker C8 Spyder Police Car

Spyker C8 Spyder Police Car

As you can know it is now in fashion for supercars to become police cars. In Italy there is a Lamborghini Gallardo as a police car, in Germany a Porsche 911 Carrera S customized by TechArt.
Now Netherlands is on the list too as Spyker created a C8 Spyder supercars for the Frevoland police. The price for the cars was arround $340000 (arround $425000).

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2000 Spyker C8 Spyder

2000 Spyker C8 Spyder

All aluminum hand built, mid-engined sports car with aerodynamic ground effect and electrically operated single hinge tilting doors. Interior trimmed in Connolly leather. Luggage compartment in front and rear, including two made-to-measure Connolly leather suitcases. F1 approved safety fuel bags integrated in left and right inner chassis members are optional.

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2002 Spyker C8 Double 12

2002 Spyker C8 Double 12

Unveiled at the 2001 IAA in Frankfurt, the Spyker C8 Double 12 is a fully hand-built endurance racer developed to race in LM GT and GT-N class. At the 2002 Birmingham Motorshow the small Dutch firm unveiled the road going version, dubbed C8 Double 12 S.

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