|Spyker C8 Aileron|
|aka||Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder|
|Production||2009 - present|
|Body Style|| 2-door, 2-seat Mid-Engined Coupe|
2-door, 2-seat Mid-Engined Spyder
|Weight||3142 lb (1425 kg)|
|Transmission|| Getrag 6-speed Manual, RWD|
ZF 6-speed paddle-shifted Automatic, RWD
|Engine||4.2 litre Audi V8|
|Power|| 400 hp @ N/A rpm|
354 lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
|Similar|| TVR Tuscan|
|Designer||Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)|
The Spyker C8 Aileron and C8 Aileron Spyder are Dutch supercars built by Dutch boutique manufacturer Spyker. They represent the second-generation efforts of the company and replace the aging C8 Spyder and C8 Laviolette. The Coupe Aileron was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show while the Spyder came a few months later at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Both cars are powered by a 400 hp 4.2 litre V8 sourced from Audi. The German powerplant is attached to a choice between a 6-speed Manual from Getrag or a paddle-shifted 6-speed Automatic from ZF. Compared to its predecessors, the Aileron is re-engineered from scratch, featuring a longer aluminum space-frame chassis supporting the machined aluminum aircraft-inspired bodywork and diamond-quilted, retro switchgeared steampunk interior.
According to Spyker, "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."
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- The 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance played host to the unveiling of the droptop version of the C8 Aileron. The C8 Aileron Spyder features a frameless windshield (similar to its C8 predecessor), a CNC-machined aluminum luggage rack located above the engine cover and a traditional single-latch electronic/hydraulically deployed soft-top (available in eight colors) with glass rear window. Underneath, both the exposed luggage rack and the engine bonnet is an Audi-sourced 400+ hp 4.2-liter V8 attached to a choice of either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox (with paddle shifters). Stopping the car are massive AP brakes peering behind 19-inch Aeroblade wheels. Also available is an ultra-high-end stereo/infotainment system from Kharma. 
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|Coupe Manual||Coupe Automatic||Spyder Manual||Spyder Automatic|
|€189,990 ($238,684 USD)||€195,990||$Price3||$Price4|
- Fuel Capacity: 57 litres (15 US gallons)
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The C8 Aileron continues Spyker's tradition of sourcing Audi's now-legendary 4.2 litre V8 and tweaking it to produce 400 hp (even though Audi themselves are now able to wring out 420 hp out of it).
As always, the Spyker features their trademark exposed gear change mechanism. However, the lever will now be attached a choice of two gearbox alternatives:
- 6-speed Manual from Getrag with ratios tailored to the Audi engine.
- 6-speed Automatic from ZF with paddle-shifts.
- 0-100km/h (0-60 mph): 4.5 seconds
- Top Speed: 300 km/h (187 mph)
The C8 Aileron features an all-aluminum chassis with 22.000Nm/degree of rigidity. Using Rigidnode and load-path technology, they have been able to ensure that the minimum amount of aluminum was used to achieve this performance, thus reducing the overall weight of the vehicle. The front track has also been increased to 1625 mm while the rear track widened to 1645mm.
The C8 Aileron is fitted with a brand-new front and rear independent double-wishbone suspensionsystem. 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.
Brakes are supplied by AP Racing, a partner from day one. Black radial-mounted four-piston AP Racing 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.
The car also utilizes Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
- Front: 350mm diameter vented and cross-drilled steel brake discs
- Rear: 332 diameter vented and cross-drilled steel brake discs
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.
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Developed by Sikkens Autolakken Nederland and AkzoNobel Car Refinishes, the car features 16 standard colors as well as the option of choosing their own unique colour or the livery of the Spyker Squadron GT2 racing cars.
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A Spyker trademark from the beginning, the interior has a marked "steampunk" flavor: a diamond-patterned polished dashboard, Spyker's trademark exposed gear change mechanism and diamond-quilted leather. The hide is available in 14 standard colours with the option of a unique colour being avaliable as well if so desired by the customer.
However, Spyker's trademark 4-spoke propeller-inspired all-aluminum steering wheel has been replaced with a three-spoked unit from Lamborghini to be able to fit an SRS airbag.
The high-quality diamond-quilted leather comes from the Litano range of the Dutch Royal Tannery Hulshof. As well, all gauges and switchgear are milled from solid aluminum. Spyker also offers gauges and switchgear from Chronoswiss as an option.
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.
Both occupants sit low, close to the car's centre of gravity.
Thanks to the lengthened chassis the C8 Aileron now features a more capacious cabin, with North American customers in mind.
The Aileron features an infotainment system from Dutch ultra-high end sound system manufacturer Kharma which incorporates a digital radio, Bluetooth interface, iPod connectivity and a satnav system.
The Kharma sound system itself is controlled via joystick controls on the center console and a dashboard display. It is paired to 6 Kharma loudspeakers that can be extended with two optional audio packages.
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News & References
- Spyker C8 Aileron Unveiled at Geneva
- 2009 Spyker C8 Aileron Revealed in Geneva
- Geneva 2009: Spyker C8 Aileron gets a longer fuselage
- Monterey 2009: Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder debuts
- Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder world debut
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