• Jan 19, 2011

2010 Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been a while since we've heard anything from Spyker that didn't have to do with its acquisition of Saab. The Dutch automaker has apparently had its hands full taking the reins in Trollhattan from General Motors – so busy in fact that it has apparently missed production targets. Like with the new C8 Aileron Spyder.

The convertible version of the stretched and updated C8 debuted about a year and a half ago in Pebble Beach, and was supposed to enter production in the first half of 2010. Well, 2010 has come and gone and apparently production still hasn't started. But we do have some news.

According to reports from the company's native Netherlands, Spyker is planning on keeping the C8 Aileron Spyder very exclusive, with a production run of just 99 units. That's a mighty limited edition, but there's more: according to the same report quoting CEO Victor Muller, Spyker will be ditching the Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 for the 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Considering that, at 638 hp, the LS9 produces over 50% more power than the 400-horse Audi mill, the commensurate drop in the previously estimated 4.5-second sprint to 60 should be well worth the work involved in turning the blown eight around and mounting it in the middle of the Spyker. Either that, or this could all amount to nothing – but the notion that the door between GM and Spyker could be swinging both ways is certainly intriguing.



[Source: GTSpirit.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Too gawdy and gadgetry looking. I caught myself looking for baseball cards in the wheel spokes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      that is one terrible terrible terrible looking car. i would take my S2000 over that any day. Seriously
        • 3 Years Ago
        Kevin, I can understand you thinking it's a terrible looking car, and truth be told there are several design elements I'd like to see disappear (side scoops etc.) but Spykers never come out very well in pictures. Go to an autoshow sometime and give it a look, you'll be pleasantly surprised I assure you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone really care? Muller has already proven he can't sing a car tune so why are we waiting for the CD to come out? The EIB and Sweden want their money back and its going to happen sooner than most think.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isnt a supercar that you hoon around in.

      You drive a Spyker to be seen in.
      Its more of a fassion accessory than a performance car.

      And it does a damn good job of that IMO.
      I absolutely LOVE the design.

      If it gets some more power, thats all fine and dandy.
      If I wanted to go fast, I would spend a ton on an EVO. If I want to go somewhere in style without it being too comfortable, I would get a Spyker.
      • 3 Years Ago
      can you imagine if spyker started doing GM's (mostly cadilac's) coachwork?!?!? O.o oh i just had a crisis!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, there's something about the retro-high tech of a multiport, turbocharged pushrod engine that's just so...right...with the steam punk aesthetic of the Spyker.

      I like it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally they ditched that crappy Audi V8 and put in something that'll make the car go like the way it looks! The world would be a much better place if everything was powered by a small-block Chevy... especially stuff like blenders and rocking-chairs...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I donno... I never got the appeal of this car. I guess the fact that it is different is what people like, but to me it just looks like a cheap and tacky Chinese knock-off of some random supercar....
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think they are the most beautiful cars made today... but what do I know? I'm just some random person on the internet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I feel I have to agree with you... whilst I respect the bespoke-nature and high aspirations of Spyker and their sports cars, their overall aesthetic appearance and proportions of their cars has never really been my cup of tea... it's all subjective, obviously.

        If the chassis can keep up with a mid-mounted LS9, however, they may possibly have a mighty fine world-beater on their hands.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't love all the air scoops, but general design is gorgeous.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its the interior that does it for me. So detailed, so beautiful, so flawless.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree with you elpepe. The regular C8 is gorgeous but this is just tacky.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have refrained myself from openly disagreeing to some outragous comments before, but Sir, you have succeeded in breaking me.

      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 3 Years Ago
      The biggest complaint I've heard from people who have driven Spykers is that they needed more fire and brimstone, this certainly addresses that issue.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmmm....so it's going to be powered by the LS-9 Corvette. Tell me why you wouldn't just buy the Corvette, and save some money? Plus, I bet the 'vette will be a lot easier to service and get (affordable) replacement parts for 'eh? This is just wrong on so many levels......
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go back to Brokeback Mountain, cowboy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        because the ZR1 isn't a limited production handcrafted dutch supercar with a folding top and looks that will catch every eye on the street.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really fellas? If I saw something like this I would tell the driver " Gee...sorry about your short di*k guy, but way to compensate eh?"
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea, yea, "Look at me!! I'm soooo cool!" Absolutly childish.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you already had a mullet that you are unwilling to part with, perhaps the Vette would be the better choice. This car isn't meant for people looking to hoon, or for good performance value. Think finely crafted Swiss watch, vs the G-Shock you got from Sears.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something about that title isn't right.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      I've been lurking on your site for years and years, but never commented before. Now I feel I do have to comment, because the information you provide in your article is just wrong. Being dutch and owning a Saab, I keep a VERY close eye on everything Saab and Spyker related, and thus I recently saw the interview (in Dutch) this article takes its info from.

      And to clear things up: The Aileron Spyder will indeed be fitted with the LS9 mill, but it won't be limited to 99 units. That would be a majorly stooopid thing to do, as right now I'd say about 80% of the cars they sell are spyder models.

      He was indeed talking about a limited run of 99 cars, but this had to do with the proposed Zagato run of the Aileron. The Spyker Zagato, presented in '07, was supposed to be produced on the old C8 chassis, but that never happened. When asked about that in the interview, Victor Muller replied he's planning on producing the Zagato after all, only based on the Aileron's chassis and limited to a run of just 99 cars. That's how it really is, maybe you could change the article?

      Further more, here's the orignal interview:

      http://www.telegraaf.nl/autovisie/autovisie_nieuws/8765022/__Victor_Muller__uitdaging_Saab_makkelijker_dan_Spyker__.html?p=1,1

      So get someone dutch to properly translate it for you, and you'll have a few more spyker related news stories to boot ;)
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