Spyker unveiled the C8 Aileron Spyder at the 2009 Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance in California. The Aileron Spyder is the
convertible version of it Spyker's second-generation sports
car the C8 Aileron.
The Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder features a high-quality, semi-automatic
canvas soft-top. The roof's operation is electric/hydraulic,
secured by one central latch operated manually. Once folded,
the soft-top is totally enclosed within the body of the car,
allowing for an uninterrupted profile. The roof retracts under
an aluminium tonneau, with two buttresses upholstered in quilted
Hulshof leather which matches the car's interior. The Aileron
Spyder features a luggage rack, CNC-machined from solid billets
of aluminium, mounted immediately behind the roll hoops, on
which a wing-shaped aluminium case is strapped. The case is
trimmed in the same quilted leather as the interior and buttresses.
The Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder is an advanced mid-engine, two-seat
sports car, featuring a longer wheelbase than Spyker's existing
sports cars, the C8 Laviolette
and convertible C8 Spyder.
The Aileron is characterized by a distinctive design and lightweight
The Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder uses the Audi 4.2 litre V8 engine,
delivering 400 bhp and is available with two transmission alternatives.
The first one is a 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox, with ratios
perfectly matched to the V8 engine. A ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox
is optional, which comes standard with paddle shifts behind
the steering wheel. Both transmissions retain Spyker's trademark
exposed gear change mechanism.
The design of the hand-crafted Spyker C8 Aileron and Aileron
Spyder represents the latest evolution of Spyker's signature
styling, which is heavily inspired by the company's aviation
heritage. In the first-generation cars, the propeller design
was consistently applied to many elements of the vehicles. Within
the design of the new Spyker C8 Aileron, the emphasis was shifted
from the propeller propulsion to the turbine propulsion. As
a result, for instance, the bright polished air inlets were
converted into turbine-engine-shaped air scoops.
In order to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car,
several changes in styling were made. Most of the shark-like
gills have been abandoned, which results in a cleaner, smoother
appearance. The front end is now characterized by a larger grille
that allows additional cooling. Also the rear diffuser was redesigned
for improved functionality. An extra spoiler has been placed
under the diffuser, providing additional down force to boost
the ground effect produced by the diffuser.
Thanks to its longer chassis, the Spyker C8 Aileron has more
interior space, which results in a higher comfort level and
improved ergonomics. The interior, with its signature Spyker
attention to detail, is made of the highest quality leather,
from the Litano range of the Dutch Royal Tannery Hulshof.
The brushed aluminium dashboard was completely redesigned to
improve ergonomics and functionality, including driver and passenger
airbags. Air vents are designed in turbine style and the performance
and distribution of the air conditioning was improved significantly.
A multifunctional LCD display is integrated between the speedometer
and the odometer. The middle console accommodates the standard
Kharma sound system. A turned aluminium dashboard, as well as
Chronoswiss (Spyker's watch manufacturing partner) dials and
switches, are available as an option.
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Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R
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