2009 Spyker C8 Aileron review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 5 March 2009 , 11:03:44 byDan

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Spyker C8 Aileron

Spyker Cars introduced the production version of its all-new second-generation sports car, the Spyker C8 Aileron, the prototype of which was shown at the Geneva in 2008. The first cars are being built now with customer production and deliveries starting in May 2009. The all-aluminum space frame of the C8 Aileron was completely redesigned from scratch with the objective to increase rigidity and to incorporate an all-new suspension system. These characteristics provide an ideal foundation for enhanced vehicle dynamics. The carmaker uses its latest technologies that allowed Spyker to arrive at the most efficient chassis in its history. Brakes are supplied by AP Racing. The model features a 4.2-liter V8 spark-injection engine that is capable of delivering 400 BHP and 480 Nm of torque. This engine enables the car to reach 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and to reach a top speed of 300 km/h.

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 profitability."

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 history.

Brakes
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

Body
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)

Engine
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 ā€" 4.5 seconds
Max speed : 300 km/h (187 mph)

Transmission
Manual: rear mid-mounted 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox.
Automatic: rear mid-mounted 6-speed ZF automatic gearbox with torque converter.
Rear-wheel drive.

Suspension
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.

Brakes
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 Rotorbladeā„¢ alloy wheels (10-blade design)
Front: 8.5Jx19 inch, rear: 10Jx19 inch
Tyres, front: 235/35 ZR19, rear: 295/30 ZR19

Interior
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 navigation system.

Price
European retail price excl. taxes ! 189,990.- (with manual gearbox, excluding options)
! 195,990.- (with automatic gearbox, excluding options)

Further developments
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 structure.