• Jan 21, 2008


The current standard-wheelbase Spyker C8 Laviolette

Spyker may be down, but it's not out. The Dutch exotic automaker has fallen on some hard times, but that's not going to stop it from moving forward with at least some of its plans. The C12 Zagato has been postponed indefinitely, but at the upcoming Geneva auto show in March, Spyker is expected to unveil an improved version of its existing C8 Laviolette.

As wonderfully quirky as the current C8 is, owners complain of constricted space. In response Spyker has stretched the wheelbase, giving more space in the cabin while improving the vehicles proportions. The C8 Laviolette LWB will feature an elongated version of the current model's glass roofline. A long wheelbase Spyder version is expected to follow sometime thereafter, benefiting from a proper motorized convertible roof instead of the largely useless folding rag on the current short-wheelbase model. It's a small step forward for the ailing company, but a step forward nonetheless.

Follow the jump for a video rendering of the upcoming C8 Spyder LWB doin' the turntable thing.

[Source: Spyker Owner Forum]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one tacky looking vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      uhm . . .Great car! It looks really fast . . . I wonder how fast is that?


      http://cars.ozfreeonline.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't help but think of the car Homer Simpson designed when I see a Spyker.
      • 7 Years Ago
      umm Why?
      • 7 Years Ago
      And just putting it out there, I'm a big fan of the new ZR1 and the Monaro/GTO.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has been common knowledge to anyone who is a fan of the mark like I am. It says it right on the website even gives you the "improved" dimensions.

      Now how about getting a 'Merican motor in place of that wimpy Audi unit? Not to say 400hp is wimpy but for the cash the car should have at least 500hp or so just for bragging rights.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Chaz that motor is popular for a reason.
        If your a Top Gear fan some of Clarkson's favorite cars are powered by the Chevy small block. described with such words as Sledghammer and POWER!

        They are great motors especially for Spykers which aren't track machines as much as they are for taking your supermodel girlfriend out for a night on the town hitting up all the exclusive V.I.P. clubs like the best of them and maybe the occasional hammer down jaunt to display the gobs of power under the bonnet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Joel-Lotus was using Renault power in the Esprit and a Rover K-engine in the Elise up their demise. The shift to Japanese power has done nothing but good for the car, no doubt, but I would consider the Elise/Exige/R111 a whole different breed of car, more like an Ariel Atom than a 911.

        HotRodz-Don't get me wrong, I absolutely agree that there's a place for such an engine, and they are tremendously versatile, powerful, and durable engines with their own unmatchable attributes. That said, I can see a US V8 in an Ultima or Noble, but a coachbuilt European GT car like a Venturi or a Spyker is better served in my eyes by a more refined, albeit less grunty powerplant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        So Lotus does not make a proper European exotic?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good to hear - Spykers are gorgeous!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Spyker truly are the Marmite of exotic cars.

      I'll have mine smothered all over toast please.