• Dec 4, 2009
Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder - Click above for high-res image gallery

Where to even start? Oh right – that interior! With the possible exception of a couple of British-ish cars (BMW-owned Rolls-Royce Phantom, Volkswagen-owned Bentley Mulsanne, Tata-owned Jaguar XJ), no interior even comes close. And frankly, being honest, those luxo-barges just pale in comparison to the blinged out old-world splendor of a Spyker cockpit. And the C8 Aileron Spyder ups that already pricey ante. And get this – all C8s are now built in Coventry, England, shaving about $9,000 off the asking price, which is somewhere south north of $200,000 depending on baubles options.

Normally, photographing cars at auto shows feels like a strange, exotic form of torture, at least for us writerly types. The bright lights, the bumrush, the awkward positions (you try crawling on your hands and knees between a posing CEO's knees to get a shot of a wheel) – it's not fun. But when photographing this car, we were overcome with a rush of (let's just say) endorphins. We could imagine ourselves winding up the California coast, fondling that leather-wrapped aluminum gear shifter for hundreds of breezy, dreamy miles. And get this – it's an automatic... and we don't care!

For you number junkies who choose to hastily look past the incredible innards, the C8 drop top is powered by a 4.2-liter Audi V8 good for 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. That medium-amount of gumption is routed to the rear-wheels via a 6-speed slushbox. Top speed is 187 mph and 0-60 happens in 4.5 seconds. Spyker claims that the car's strength is in the frame (stouter than a Ferrari F430, so they say) and therefor chopping off the roof has limited negative structural impact. Want more tech details? See our post from Monterey.



Let's get back to that interior. If you're into fancy cars (hi mom!) you've no doubt heard of special leather coming from "free range" cows raised without barbwire so as to ensure the leather is flawless. Well get this, the leather in the Aileron Spyder comes from a Dutch tannery that works with free range cold weather cows. Why cold weather? No mosquito bites. No, really. And you can get that interior in any of fourteen colors, most of which are (hopefully) equally eye-searing. Finally, anyone else as in love with the tonneau cover-mounted quilted leather briefcase as we are?




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      • 5 Years Ago
      does that briefcase generate downforce?
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's pointed in the wrong direction.
        it would assist in takeoff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No. You fill it with hundreds and hand it over after placing your order for the car-- I hear that's only way you can buy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a special place in my heart for Spyker. Somehow, I'm even more excited at the prospect of a Spyker-Saab OEM than I was with Koenigsegg. Of course, I wouldn't bet my paycheck it'd work. Or even happen at all.

      Sigh.

      This thing is fantastic, inside, out, and all around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe that is a briefcase.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta love those misaligned panels + huge panel gaps in the #10 photo. Unacceptable in a $200K car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        typical of a prototype. They're already aware of issues with the driver side door, they wouldn't let anyone close it on themselves last night.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eyes...bleeding...

      =P
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like Spyker and its cars but I don't love them.

      It is like they are over detailed.

      I remember the first time I saw one at a car show in real life . There was a also a Ferrari F430 sitting next to it and I still found the Ferrari way more attractive.

      Spyker is almost like an art piece that you put in some air conditioned garage with marble floors and a bar with paintings all over it and you just come out at night and look at it.
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        I should make a room just like that for one of my car. I think Dale Chihuly would go with my car... This car needs a Constable landscape or something to go with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is one funky interior. like a cross between pagani and steampunk, lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i love love the piece of carpet hanging down in the footwell. classy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Spyker. Its like Aston Martin on drugs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I seriously hope you can still get a coventional manual 6 speed. The C8 makes way too many good sounds not to have one. The Audi 4.2 is such an awesome sounding motor in this car with the cutouts open! Plus you get to enjoy watching the mechanicals as you shift.
      I had the opportunity to drive one a couple years back. So much fun!
      Here's a few quick pics I snapped after my drive.
      http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h277/ehues/Spyker/c82.jpg
      http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h277/ehues/Spyker/c83.jpg
      http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h277/ehues/Spyker/c81.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      Spykers are pure sex.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.

      I've never been a big fan of Spyker's designs....but the class and shine of this interior have caused me to reconsider my position on the exterior. This is simply phenomenal.
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      Absolutely beautiful.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        I want to see what a Saab 9-3 interior would look like when designed by Spyker...
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