Spyker, the Dutch hand-built exotic automaker, was present at the L.A. auto show for the second year in a row, and Joel managed to get some excellent snaps of the four models that were on the display – The Spyker C8 Laviolette (shown), C8 Spyder, C8 Double12 S SuperCharger and C12 LaTurbie. The Spyder and Laviolette get an Audi-derived V8 that produces 400 hp, while the Double 12 S gets the same motor supercharged to produce 500 hp and the Turb gets a 500-hp W12.

Joel’s photography here is particularly good and we’re mighty impressed with the interior of the Spykers, particularly the industrial look of the exposed linkage of the pedals and gear shift.

DuPont Registry chose Spyker as the Best New Exotic Car for 2006, and those guys should know. The company’s cars were also chosen as one of the 21 Ultimate Gifts for Robb Report’s Ultimate Gift Guide. The U.S. marketing blitz will continue as a Spyker C8 Laviolette will be Sharon Stone’s chariot in Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction when the movie is released this March.

Check out more really good show pics of the Spyker quartet and the company’s official press release, which is actually a good read.
Spyker C8 Double 12 S

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 Spyker C8 Double 12 S interior


Zeewolde, the Netherlands, 4 January 2006 -- Spyker Cars of the Netherlands is present for the second consecutive time at the LA Auto Show, Los Angeles, USA, from 4 – 15 January 2006 (Concourse Hall). The Dutch manufacturer of highly exclusive hand-built super cars is displaying four models: the Spyker C8 Laviolette, the Spyker C8 Spyder, the Spyker C8 Double12 S SuperCharger and the Spyker C12 LaTurbie.

The Spyker C8 Laviolette has been chosen for a lead role in the movie Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction. The car on display (chassis number 015) is the original movie car as used during filming. In the movie, the Laviolette is driven by Sharon Stone. An exclusive three minute movie trailer will be shown on the Spyker stand. So far, this trailer has been seen by the movie trade only. The film is scheduled for a March 2006 release.

The Spyker C8 Spyder has been voted ‘Best New Exotic Car 2006’ by duPont Registry’s prestigious car magazine Exotic Car Buyers Guide. It was chosen from more than 100 cars. The C8 Spyder has also been chosen by the world’s most luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report for their annual Ultimate Gift Guide, issued in December 2005. The guide features 21 extraordinary and ultimate gifts only.

Victor Muller, CEO Spyker Cars, says: “It is wonderful to be back in Los Angeles. Since last year’s show, we have had such a great year! Following our final certification in June 2005, the demand for our cars is on a much higher level than ever before. Also in 2005, we were chosen as ‘Best New Exotic Car 2006’ by duPont REGISTRY’s Exotic Car Buyers Guide. We were selected as one of the 21 Ultimate Gifts for Robb Report’s Ultimate Gift Guide and we were chosen for a lead role in the major motion picture Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction. We have already sold several cars due to Robb Report’s Ultimate Gift Guide, including to several celebrities, and the 25 Limited Edition versions of the Basic Instinct 2 Laviolette are almost sold out.”

Muller continues: “Other than that our new 2005 race car the Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R, already achieved two podium places in its first year of development, finishing second in its class in the 1000 KM of the Nürburgring, Germany (European Le Mans Series) and in Dubai ( FIA GT). Microsoft’s Xbox 360 featured a Spyker Double12 S in its new race game Project Gotham Racing 3. And, last but not least, we are in the running for Robb Report’s ‘Car of the Year 2006’ election. All these achievements underline a positive future for our company.

This is the last show before we unveil our Super Sports Utility Vehicle (SSUV), the Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris, in March 2006 at the Salon d’Automobiles in Geneva, Switzerland.
The American debut of the SSUV will take place at the New York International Automobile Show where it will be on display from 14-23 April 2006.”

The cars on display
The Spyker C8 Spyder (convertible) and Spyker C8 Laviolette (coupe) both have an all aluminum Audi V8 engine, a power output of 400 Bhp and a torque of 480 Nm. The Spyker C8 range has a manual six-speed gearbox, rear wheel drive with limited slip differential and ABS. The top speed is 187 mph with an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

The Spyker C8 Double 12 S is a coupe with a V8 engine with 400 Bhp and a torque of 480 Nm. The top speed (depending on desired engine power is between 187 and 215 mph. The car on display has been outfitted with a Supercharger and a unique glass hard top. Its top speed is 200 mph (500 Bhp)

The Spyker C12 LaTurbie was first unveiled during the Geneva Car Show in March 2005.
The car runs on a powerful W12 engine with 500 Bhp. The top speed is 196 mph with an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Optional features for all cars include a turned aluminium dashboard fascia, elegant 19” Aeroblade™ wheels in magnesium featuring five propellers, several leather options such quilted seat belt covers and Chronoswiss dashboard instruments. All cars are available in both left and right hand drive form.

Customers may order a Louis Vuitton luggage set exclusively made for their Spyker by this famous French brand.

All Spykers are completely hand-built and custom-built by only the best craftsmen of our time using bespoke materials. The spectacular performance cars combine state of the art technology, unique design features and engineering excellence. Spyker is carried by passion for heritage, design, craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.

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