• Mar 30, 2008


Click above to view high-res gallery of the Spyker C8 Aileron

For such a small manufacturer of specialty vehicles, Spyker hemorrhaged a huge amount of money last year; 72.075 million euros ($113.07 million at current exchange rates), to be exact. Part of this loss was due to the sale of its Formula 1 operations, but their car-selling business managed to cost them a few million more. Money was so tight that the Dutch supercar company only managed to assemble 26 cars last year -- only two in the final quarter, despite the waiting list for their wares.

Good news is on the horizon, though, as Spyker has received a cash-infusion from Snoras Group, a Lithuanian bank (and now the largest shareholder in the company), and is again up-to-speed on automobile production. The long-wheelbase C8 Aileron, along with its new automatic transmission, is scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year, while their D8 Peking-to-Paris will follow in 2009. Additionally, their racing team, Spyker Squadron, will continue its GT aspirations, though Formula 1 has obviously been abandoned. So, Spyker fans, look forward to a less-tumultuous year in 2008... we're pretty sure that it couldn't be any worse than the last.

[Source: Spyker (.pdf link) via Automotive News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is it that Pagani has become so successful at making supercars, yet it hasn't been around as long as Spyker which has been bleeding money?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Spyker has only been back in business since 2003 i believe, whereas Pagani has been producing the Zonda since 1999.

        At that Pagani has no expensive racing project, Pagani also have their own carbon fibre production line i believe to fund the production of the few Zonda's they make every year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Spkyers are by far the ugliest cars produced today. They're sort of like the Aztek of supercars. I feel no pity for them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Enjoy all the other generic 'supercars' ie Saleen F1 --- I'm guessing you prefer when every single damn supercar looks like it came of the same production line? (as 9/10 supercars these days do)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Again, I ask, who cares about these overwrought Audi engined farragos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      as a big fan of crazy design i actually get a serious boner looking at this thing. spyker is haute couture in my book. i know im in the minority tho.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sure 2008 could be worse for Spyker. They could go out of business.