The new B6 Venator wasn't the only vehicle on display at the Spyker booth at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The company still has its C8 Aileron on offer, and Road & Track has word of a potential powerplant upgrade for the long-running machine.

Since its introduction in the year 2000, the C8 has used a 4.2-liter V8 engine sourced from Audi, which, in base form, offers up 400 horsepower. Though it's a great powerpant, that's simply not enough power in this day and age – after all, if a car is going to be called super, it needs to offer more ponies than something as mundane as the Ford Mustang GT.

According to R&T, John Walton, Chief Commercial Officer at Spyker, indicated that a new engine supplier may be in the works. "[The Audi-sourced V8] really hasn't got enough bang for the buck. To be honest, every supercar needs to have something that begins with a '5' today. That's why we're supercharging the car in the future, which will take it to over 500-hp," said Walton.

Assuming Spyker doesn't decide to supercharge Audi's V8 itself, where will that supercharged engine come from? We have no idea, though with legal wrangling still in process it seems a bit unlikely to come from General Motors, although its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 would seemingly make an excellent choice.

On the other hand, if GM's engine is the best option available, Spyker could potentially buy complete supercharged crate engines directly from GM Performance Parts in either 556- (LSA) or 638-horsepower (LS9) iterations, and it probably doesn't need explicit approval to do so. In any case, we're just postulating. Only time will tell what, if any, new engine Spyker will bestow upon its C8 Aileron.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      The current APR supercharger Stage III kit (with intake and exhaust) for the Audi 4.2L makes 530hp/437ft/lb (on 91 octane). It looks like that number is about to go up with the new Eaton TVS1740 kit:
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since Spyker isn't in the best financial situation, I can't imagine them wanting to pay retail prices for GM's LSA, LS7, or LS9 engines from GM Performance Parts. Either Spyker's management will have to give up on its futile lawsuit against GM, in order to make a deal to get wholesale prices on the engines, or possibly look to Ford and its connections to Roush and Shelby for engines (supercharged 5.0L or the supercharged 5.8L from the GT500). I suppose using VW Group's new, and likely very expensive, twin-turbo 4.0L V8 is a possibility given that they already use an Audi engine from them, but VW may not want to help create a direct rival to either their R8 or Gallardo. Sourcing engines from Mercedes or BMW is possible, but price and packaging of their engines into the existing platform without costly revisions could make this option not viable. Of all these choices for Spyker, the cheapest and easiest solution is "making nice" with GM and get those engines quickly, but smart decision making has never been a strong point at Spyker.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only if this means more scoops
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a 2000 Chevy Camaro with porthole vents from Pepboys attached. How did someone see this on paper and think it was a good idea?
        • 2 Years Ago
        IF you look at the history of Spyker, you would realize, like with Aston Martin, the look of Spyker hasn't really changed in a long time... Maybe do a little research before you comment next time...
        Lab Ninja
        • 2 Years Ago
        I see the love child of a Maserati or Jag XJ and a GT-R in there. Not sure where you got a Camaro from...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really? You have to use the wor \"mundane\" when talking about the Mustang GT?
      • 2 Years Ago
      An SBC would be a no brainer, but who could blame them for not going in that direction after all that's happened. Whatever they go with I hope it'll make a similar growl, the sound they go from those Audi V8s was one of the best things about their cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Major front overhang :-(
      • 2 Years Ago
      You should check your article for a little piece of misunderstanding. The C8 Laviolette (which iirc in 2000 was little more than a prototype) isn't the same car as the C8 Aileron, unveiled in 2009 as a concept and offered in 2010.
      Frank Wulfers
      • 2 Years Ago
      A GM engine in a Spyker? Yup, right after hell freezes over...!
      Paul Bertucci
      • 2 Years Ago
      For Spyker, given their current use of VWAG engines, the new 4.0TT V8 is probably the most logical choice. Bolts up to the same transmissions, and has the kind of power output they're seeking. It's also terrifyingly fast.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Bertucci
        I thought along the same line. If it\'s true that the the Artega GT is underpining the B6, then they\'re likely continuing that partnership anyway since the former used the potent VR6/DSG combination to outstanding effect. It also wouldn\'t represent a significant break from their past endeavors; the C8 Spider T used a twin-turbo variant of the 4.2, which puts up comparable horsepower to the 4.0TT, but gets blown away in torque.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The air intakes look like the 'warp drive' pods on the Dallara chassis. Was that the early days of Rolex Grand Am?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reconfigure it for the R8/Lambo V10 and call it good. I saw one of these probably five years ago having never even heard of Spyker before. It was striking to look at in person, and definitely needs a proper powerplant.
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