• Jun 15, 2010
Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder – click above for high-res image gallery

Here's a shocker – Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker is looking to increase sales of its C8 Aileron to 250 units by 2012. That's a sevenfold increase compared to the meager 36 vehicles the company managed to move in 2009. How will they do it? For starters, production will be moved to CAPP Manufacturing, Ltd. in England, allowing for greater production volume than in the past. So far, Spyker has sold just total of 214 cars since 2002. But the company also plans to make the C8 Aileron more attractive to American buyers by offering the car with a new automatic transmission.

The company is hoping that the new gearbox will make the car comfortable enough for buyers more interested in the vehicle's luxury aspects than its performance credentials. Spyker says that the company received a good bit of demand for an automatic C8 from buyers in the U.S., China, Russia and the Middle East in the past.

News of the expanded sales targets also dovetails nicely with word that Spyker will be selling its wares through select Saab dealerships here in the States. It looks like we can forget about there not being enough of the $240,000 C8 Ailerons to go around.



[Source: Automotive News Europe]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      There's something wrong with your gallery.

      There are no interior photos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ouch, my eyes!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just what US Saab dealers needed, another expensive unsellable car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        TriShield: Sad Trombone, incarnate.

        It's a perfectly sellable car, it's just low volume.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw one of these a few months ago in of all places, Reno. At the time I had no idea what it was, but could barely make out the C8 on the side. I came home and started searching "C8 sportscar" and found what it was. In person it's OK looking, but then I found out how much it cost! It would be near the bottom of the list of cars I would want in that price range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I also plan on waking up tomorrow in a mansion in the French Riviera.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it'll do it, this thing is gorgeous in person, and by far the most adroitly finished car i've ever sat in, even in pre production form.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Easily one of the most graceful, best-looking sportcars on the road (except for the tacky interior).

        • 4 Years Ago
        Nawww, you've got it all wrong - the brushed metal interior with airplane switches is the best part! Seriously, I think it's great - but I'm not a fan of the haphazard lines on the outside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not too bad looking, but those weird twin nozzles need to be
      re-designed or removed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Avenged Sevenfold blows...and how does an automatic transmission make a car more attractive to Americans? As an American, I'm insulted.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't be insulted. As an American, you should know that, as a whole, we like automatics. *I* don't. Obviously, *you* don't. But Americans do. Sales figures and rental car fleets back that fact up.

        That being said, I don't see an automatic driving explosive sales for Spyker. It's a captivating car in person with an alluring interior. I just find it's look kind of confusing. I don't know who it's selling to or what niche it plays in (e.g. GT? Boulevard cruiser? Track toy?)
      • 4 Years Ago
      "But the company also plans to make the C8 Aileron more attractive to American buyers by offering the car with a new automatic transmission."

      Reading that makes me utterly embarrised to be an American :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ahhhh, you're commenting on my spelling.

        That's pretty lame considering this is an internet car blog and not a spelling bee.

        And if you ARE going to comment on a spelling mistake, you should make sure you do so using proper grammar or an actual sentence or at the very least a collection of words that make sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe I should what?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ugg I agree. "I bet if we take our overpriced ugly sports car and put in an automatic for the soccer moms it will sell like hotcakes" What they should really do is put on a few more random intakes and scoops.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "utterly embarrised to be an American"

        ..maybe you should.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "What they should really do is put on a few more random intakes and scoops."

      You must have it confused with a domestic muscle car. All the intakes and scoops on the Spyker are fully functional, not "random" (albeit not everyone's cup of tea...).



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