2009 Spyker C8 Aileron
The arrival of the month of May brings with it a new production model for sale from Dutch manufacturer Spyker called the C8 Aileron. Heavily influenced by the companies background in aviation, the C8 is certainly a love it or hate it vehicle with lots of unique stylistic features, including a glass roof bisected by one of several turbine-style air inlets. One thing almost everyone will appreciate is the V8 engine from Audi that produces 400 horsepower.
Spyker is certainly a niche manufacturer, meaning many people have never even heard of the company. One thing this helps the company cater to is individuality and an infinite amount of buyer input into each handcrafted vehicle. On the outside, almost every exterior panel has an air intake which certainly contributes to the fighter jet look that seems to be the main inspiration behind the style of the car. Inside the C8 Aileron is a combination of retro styling and hand crafted materials including an optional brushed aluminum dashboard, unique leather seats available in 14 standard colors or in any other color as an option, and a chrome shifter console that looks as if it was borrowed from Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. Also available is a Kharma Sound System with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity and navigation system. Interior air vents are designed to look like turbines to the benefit of the AC system which the company says has been significantly improved.
Unique Glass Roof
The mid-mounted Audi V8 engine is capable of a maximum power of 400 hp and purportedly propels the C8 Aileron to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 187 mph. Unique to this model is either a six-speed ZF automatic with torque converter or a six-speed Getrag manual. Both transmissions retain the Spyker trademark exposed gear change mechanism. New 10-blade, 19-inch directional rotor wheels are available as an option and like many other components, were inspired by the turbine blades of a jet engine.
Brushed Aluminum Dashboard
The C8 Aileron is available in 16 standard colours, but customers may choose any other color they wish including well as the Spyker Squadron GT2 color scheme as an option . Pricing begins at $250,000.