Not content with looking solely to the past for its aeronautical inspiration, Spyker has now revealed the production version of its radically more jet-inspired C8 Aileron after some subtle refinement to last years stunning concept.
Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show today, the Spyker C8 Aileron raises some eyebrows, but that's a good thing. The C8 Aileron Concept from last year ditched the historical design cues in favor of updated jaw-dropping bodywork and the production version's all-aluminum bodywork trumps even that. The headlights have been updated dramatically and now pull higher up on the front fenders and feature some eye catching LED turn indicators in the same fashion as the Ferrari F430's lamps. Another major update to the exterior body work is the lack of wheel flairs from the concept, instead the body has been widened to accommodate the wider rubber. Other changes included moving the canopy rearward and also removing the majority of the almost shark-like gills, both of which improve the overall aerodynamic properties of the car.
The wheelbase of the C8 Aileron is 150 mm longer and its track is 155 mm wider than the previous C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder and weighs in at a relatively light 3142 lbs. Power, once again, is provided by Audi and comes in the form of a 4.2 liter V8 pounding out a fairly capable 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque driven through either a Getrag manual or a ZF automatic, both rowing six gears. A first for the Dutch company is an auto transmission, but they say it won't diminish the car's estimated 4.5 second 0-60 time or the 187 mph top speed.
Spyker says that production will begin in May of this year with sales of the C8 Aileron beginning later in the year. You'll be able to choose from 16 standard colors or, if you wish to stand out even more from the crowd, Spyker will paint your car in any color you'd like as an additional option, including the menacing Spyker Squadron GT2 livery. There are no immediate plans to bring the C8 Aileron to the U.S., but if and when they do it'll likely match its European price of €189,990 ($238,684 USD).
World debut for the production version of the Spyker C8 Aileron at the Salon International de l'Automobile in Geneva
Zeewolde, the Netherlands, 3 March 2009 - Spyker Cars, manufacturer of exclusive
premium sports cars since 2000, today proudly introduces the production version of its
all-new second-generation sports car: the Spyker C8 Aileron, the prototype of which was
shown at Geneva in 2008.
Victor R. Muller, Spyker Cars' founder and Chief Executive Officer said on the occasion of
the unveiling: "When we unveiled the C8 Aileron prototype here last year, we wanted to
make a clear statement to the industry that Spyker was about to take the next step in its
short but intense history, by introducing its second-generation sports cars, developed
from scratch. Within a year we transformed that prototype into the production-ready car
we show here today. The first cars are being built now with customer production and
deliveries starting in May 2009.
The C8 Aileron's design is heavily inspired by Spyker's aviation heritage, as was the case
with all previous models, but with a clear emphasis on the second-generation aircraft
propulsion: the turbine rather than the propeller that adorned so many elements of the
first-generation cars. Similarly the "Aileron" name pays tribute to that aviation heritage.
It is the device that makes an aircraft turn and symbolizes the turning point that the
Aileron is for Spyker: the car which will turn the company towards long-awaited
SPYKER C8 AILERON: A COMPLETELY NEW CAR
All-Aluminium Space frame Chassis
The Spyker C8 Aileron's all-aluminium space frame was completely redesigned from scratch with the
objective to increase torsional rigidity and to incorporate an all-new suspension system. These
characteristics provide an ideal foundation for enhanced vehicle dynamics.
Moreover, the C8 Aileron's dimensions have been optimised for more interior space and to
accommodate the optional automatic gearbox. Compared to the short wheelbase of the firstgeneration
cars - the Spyker C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder - the wheelbase of the C8 Aileron is 150 mm
longer, also providing for more driving comfort and stability at high speeds. Its front track has
increased by 155 mm. The total dimensions of the front and rear track are now 1625 mm and 1645
mm respectively, which improves road handling significantly.
Spyker has put tremendous efforts in the space frame performance of the C8 Aileron, specifically the
structure's efficiency. The utilisation of modern finite element and numerical optimization methods has
allowed Spyker's engineers to arrive at an exceptionally stiff structure of 22.000Nm/degree. Rigidnode
and load-path technology has been employed in order to ensure that the minimum amount of
aluminium is used to achieve this performance, thus reducing the overall weight of the vehicle. The
dynamic stiffness characteristics of the structure have been carefully tuned in order to minimize
unwanted cabin noises and vibrations, which may otherwise detract from the driving experience.
These technologies and measures have allowed Spyker to arrive at the most efficient chassis in its
The design of the hand-crafted Spyker C8 Aileron represents the latest evolution of Spyker's signature
architecture, which is prominently inspired by the company's aviation heritage. In the first-generation
cars, the propeller design was consistently applied to many elements of the cars. 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-engineshaped
In order to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car, several changes in styling were made,
such as stretching the canopy backwards. Most of the shark-like gills have been abandoned, which
results in a cleaner, smoother appearance. The front end is now characterised by a larger grille that
gives additional cooling. Also the rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. An extra
spoiler has been placed under the diffuser, providing additional downforce to boost the ground effect
produced by the diffuser.
Sometimes practicality gains over design: the split side windows with the characteristic metal frame
have been replaced by single-pane side windows that are fully retractable, improving driving comfort.
The outside mirrors, standard in body colour, were redesigned and the mirror body is mounted on two
turbine fan blades.
The rear lights are made of LEDs (light-emitting diodes). LED lights were also used for the indicators
and the sidelights in the redesigned headlight units. The style of the headlights is particularly eyecatching
as they follow the body design more closely. This characteristic styling can be defined as a
part of the (future) Spyker identity first seen on the Spyker C12 Laturbie and subsequently in the
Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris. In fact, the latter will use the identical headlight units to those of the
The C8 Aileron is available in 16 standard colours, but customers may choose any colour they wish as
an option, as well as the Spyker Squadron GT2 colour scheme. The standard colours have been
developed by Sikkens Autolakken Nederland and AkzoNobel Car Refinishes. Spyker selected these
companies because of their high quality standards and their flexibility to meet with special
requirements. Some of the standard colours have been created especially for the C8 Aileron.
The Spyker C8 Aileron will use the Audi 4.2 litre V8 engine, giving 400 bhp and will be available with
two transmission alternatives. The first one is a 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox, with ratios perfectly
matched to the V8 engine. This is joined by a ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox, which comes standard
with paddle shifts behind the steering wheel, to progress smoothly through the ratios. Both
transmissions retain Spyker's trademark exposed gear change mechanism.
Thanks to the longer chassis, the Spyker C8 Aileron has more interior space, which results in a higher
comfort level and improved ergonomics. The interior, with its typical attention to detail, is made of the
highest quality leather, from the Litano range of the Dutch Royal Tannery Hulshof. The leather interior
is available in 14 standard colours, but any other colour – if desired by the customer – can be ordered
as an option.
Driver and passenger sit low, close to the car's centre of gravity, where they can feel the car reacting
to the input of the driver, for a direct and sporting connection between car and driver.
The dashboard was completely redesigned to suit the new Spyker identity and to improve ergonomics
and functionality. 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 (see In-Car Entertainment). Chronoswiss dials and switches are available as an option.
More space was created around the Spyker characteristic floor-mounted pedal box. The impression of
professional functionality and ergonomic styling is enhanced by the optimised positioning of the door
handle and the hand-brake lever.
With larger numbers of cars going into the market and the increased popularity of the iPod and similar
products, the demand for a standard sound system fitted by the factory increased. As a result, every
Spyker C8 Aileron will be equipped as standard with a Kharma sound system, incorporating a digital
radio, Bluetooth interface, an iPod connectivity and a navigation system. The Kharma sound system
offers joystick controls on the central console and a dashboard display, paired to 6 Kharma
loudspeakers. It can be extended with two optional audio packages.
The presence of a Kharma sound system in the Spyker C8 Aileron marks Kharma's debut in the world
of automotive entertainment. Kharma International produces high-end audio products and sells
worldwide through a network of highly qualified distributors and dealers. All sound systems are
developed, assembled and tested in the Netherlands, with the utmost care by a team of highly
engaged specialists. These characteristics of high-quality products and exclusiveness are in line with
Spyker's brand values craftsmanship and exclusivity.
Suspension & Wheels
The C8 Aileron is fitted with a brand-new front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension
system. The new suspension system includes a new kinematic layout of the front and rear suspension,
front and rear stabilizer bars, mono-tube dampers, coil over damper steel springs, anti-dive and antisquat
setup for improved handling properties. The suspension components are made of forged
aluminium where possible, to keep the vehicle's unsprung weight as low as possible. Shock absorbers
are now placed vertically within the wishbones.
The Aeroblade™ wheels of the first-generation cars are replaced by newly-designed 19-inch alloy
wheels. New 10-blade, 19-inch directional rotor wheels, branded Rotorblade™, are available as an
option. These wheels are inspired by the turbine blades of a jet engine, which hints the new styling
direction while respecting the aviation heritage. The 235/35 size tyres at the front and up to 295/30 at
the rear provide the necessary road holding.
Brakes are supplied by AP Racing, a partner from day one. Black brake calipers with Spyker script are
standard. Colour-coded calipers with Spyker script can be ordered as an option. Carbon ceramic
brakes will be available as an option soon.
Technical Specifications Spyker C8 Aileron
Two-seat, two-door body. All-aluminium spaceframe chassis composed of extrusions and folded sheet
aluminium. Extruded aluminium side-impact bars and integral rollover bars. Xenon headlights with
LED sidelights and indicators. LED taillights.
Weight : 1425kg (3142lbs)
Wheelbase : 2727mm (107")
Length : 4617mm (182")
Width (exc. mirrors) : 1972mm (77")
Front track : 1625mm (64")
Rear track : 1645mm (65")
Height : 1270mm (50")
Fuel tank capacity : 57 litres (15 US gallons)
Aluminium 4.2 litre (4163cm3) V8 spark-ignition. Mid-mounted engine. Fully stainless steel exhaust
system with active bypass valves.
Max power : 298Kw (400bhp)
Max torque : 480Nm (354 lb.ft)
Max revolutions : 7200 Rpm
Acceleration : 0-100 km/h – 4.5 seconds
Max speed : 300 km/h (187 mph)
Manual: rear mid-mounted 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox.
Automatic: rear mid-mounted 6-speed ZF automatic gearbox with torque converter.
Front and rear independent forged aluminium double wishbone suspension system, including a new
kinematic layout of the front and rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, mono-tube dampers,
coil over damper steel springs, anti-dive and anti-squat setup for improved handling properties.
Radial-mounted four-piston AP Racing brake calipers. Brake calipers available in various colours with
Spyker logo. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
Front: 350mm diameter vented and cross-drilled steel brake discs. Rear: 332 diameter vented and
cross-drilled steel brake discs.
Wheels and tyres
Standard: 19" alloy wheels. Optional: 19" directional Rotorblade™ alloy wheels (10-blade design)
Front: 8.5Jx19 inch, rear: 10Jx19 inch
Tyres, front: 235/35 ZR19, rear: 295/30 ZR19
Full-leather interior by Dutch Royal Tanneries Hulshof. Brushed aluminium dashboard. Turned
aluminium dashboard and Chronoswiss dials are optional. Air conditioning. Driver and passenger
airbags with passenger airbag deactivation switch.
In Car Entertainment
Kharma Sound System incorporating a digital radio, Bluetooth interface, iPod connectivity and
European retail price excl. taxes ! 189,990.- (with manual gearbox, excluding options)
! 195,990.- (with automatic gearbox, excluding options)
The Spyder version of the Spyker C8 Aileron is in final development, and is scheduled for launch at
the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August 2009. It will feature a semi-automatic soft-top roof
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