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World debut for the production version of the Spyker C8 Aileron at the Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva

Zeewolde, the Netherlands, 3 March 2009 - Spyker Cars, manufacturer of exclusive

premium sports cars since 2000, today proudly introduces the production version of its

all-new second-generation sports car: the Spyker C8 Aileron, the prototype of which was

shown at Geneva in 2008.

Victor R. Muller, Spyker Cars’ founder and Chief Executive Officer said on the occasion of

the unveiling: “When we unveiled the C8 Aileron prototype here last year, we wanted to

make a clear statement to the industry that Spyker was about to take the next step in its

short but intense history, by introducing its second-generation sports cars, developed

from scratch. Within a year we transformed that prototype into the production-ready car

we show here today. The first cars are being built now with customer production and

deliveries starting in May 2009.

The C8 Aileron’s design is heavily inspired by Spyker’s aviation heritage, as was the case

with all previous models, but with a clear emphasis on the second-generation aircraft

propulsion: the turbine rather than the propeller that adorned so many elements of the

first-generation cars. Similarly the “Aileron” name pays tribute to that aviation heritage.

It is the device that makes an aircraft turn and symbolizes the turning point that the

Aileron is for Spyker: the car which will turn the company towards long-awaited



All-Aluminium Space frame Chassis

The Spyker C8 Aileron’s all-aluminium space frame was completely redesigned from scratch with the

objective to increase torsional rigidity and to incorporate an all-new suspension system. These

characteristics provide an ideal foundation for enhanced vehicle dynamics.

Moreover, the C8 Aileron’s dimensions have been optimised for more interior space and to

accommodate the optional automatic gearbox. Compared to the short wheelbase of the firstgeneration

cars - the Spyker C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder - the wheelbase of the C8 Aileron is 150 mm

longer, also providing for more driving comfort and stability at high speeds. Its front track has

increased by 155 mm. The total dimensions of the front and rear track are now 1625 mm and 1645

mm respectively, which improves road handling significantly.

Spyker has put tremendous efforts in the space frame performance of the C8 Aileron, specifically the

structure’s efficiency. The utilisation of modern finite element and numerical optimization methods has

allowed Spyker’s engineers to arrive at an exceptionally stiff structure of 22.000Nm/degree. Rigidnode

and load-path technology has been employed in order to ensure that the minimum amount of

aluminium is used to achieve this performance, thus reducing the overall weight of the vehicle. The

dynamic stiffness characteristics of the structure have been carefully tuned in order to minimize

unwanted cabin noises and vibrations, which may otherwise detract from the driving experience.

These technologies and measures have allowed Spyker to arrive at the most efficient chassis in its



The design of the hand-crafted Spyker C8 Aileron represents the latest evolution of Spyker’s signature

architecture, which is prominently inspired by the company’s aviation heritage. In the first-generation

cars, the propeller design was consistently applied to many elements of the cars. Within the design of

the new Spyker C8 Aileron, the emphasis was shifted from the propeller propulsion to the turbine

propulsion. As a result, for instance, the bright polished air inlets were converted into turbine-engineshaped

air scoops.

In order to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car, several changes in styling were made,

such as stretching the canopy backwards. Most of the shark-like gills have been abandoned, which

results in a cleaner, smoother appearance. The front end is now characterised by a larger grille that

gives additional cooling. Also the rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. An extra

spoiler has been placed under the diffuser, providing additional downforce to boost the ground effect

produced by the diffuser.

Sometimes practicality gains over design: the split side windows with the characteristic metal frame

have been replaced by single-pane side windows that are fully retractable, improving driving comfort.

The outside mirrors, standard in body colour, were redesigned and the mirror body is mounted on two

turbine fan blades.

The rear lights are made of LEDs (light-emitting diodes). LED lights were also used for the indicators

and the sidelights in the redesigned headlight units. The style of the headlights is particularly eyecatching

as they follow the body design more closely. This characteristic styling can be defined as a

part of the (future) Spyker identity first seen on the Spyker C12 Laturbie and subsequently in the

Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris. In fact, the latter will use the identical headlight units to those of the


The C8 Aileron is available in 16 standard colours, but customers may choose any colour they wish as

an option, as well as the Spyker Squadron GT2 colour scheme. The standard colours have been

developed by Sikkens Autolakken Nederland and AkzoNobel Car Refinishes. Spyker selected these

companies because of their high quality standards and their flexibility to meet with special

requirements. Some of the standard colours have been created especially for the C8 Aileron.

Power train

The Spyker C8 Aileron will use the Audi 4.2 litre V8 engine, giving 400 bhp and will be available with

two transmission alternatives. The first one is a 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox, with ratios perfectly

matched to the V8 engine. This is joined by a ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox, which comes standard

with paddle shifts behind the steering wheel, to progress smoothly through the ratios. Both

transmissions retain Spyker’s trademark exposed gear change mechanism.


Thanks to the longer chassis, the Spyker C8 Aileron has more interior space, which results in a higher

comfort level and improved ergonomics. The interior, with its typical attention to detail, is made of the

highest quality leather, from the Litano range of the Dutch Royal Tannery Hulshof. The leather interior

is available in 14 standard colours, but any other colour – if desired by the customer – can be ordered

as an option.

Driver and passenger sit low, close to the car’s centre of gravity, where they can feel the car reacting

to the input of the driver, for a direct and sporting connection between car and driver.

The dashboard was completely redesigned to suit the new Spyker identity and to improve ergonomics

and functionality. Air vents are designed in turbine style and the performance and distribution of the

air conditioning was improved significantly. A multifunctional LCD display is integrated between the

speedometer and the odometer. The middle console accommodates the standard Kharma sound

system (see In-Car Entertainment). Chronoswiss dials and switches are available as an option.

More space was created around the Spyker characteristic floor-mounted pedal box. The impression of

professional functionality and ergonomic styling is enhanced by the optimised positioning of the door

handle and the hand-brake lever.

In-Car Entertainment

With larger numbers of cars going into the market and the increased popularity of the iPod and similar

products, the demand for a standard sound system fitted by the factory increased. As a result, every

Spyker C8 Aileron will be equipped as standard with a Kharma sound system, incorporating a digital

radio, Bluetooth interface, an iPod connectivity and a navigation system. The Kharma sound system

offers joystick controls on the central console and a dashboard display, paired to 6 Kharma

loudspeakers. It can be extended with two optional audio packages.

The presence of a Kharma sound system in the Spyker C8 Aileron marks Kharma’s debut in the world

of automotive entertainment. Kharma International produces high-end audio products and sells

worldwide through a network of highly qualified distributors and dealers. All sound systems are

developed, assembled and tested in the Netherlands, with the utmost care by a team of highly

engaged specialists. These characteristics of high-quality products and exclusiveness are in line with

Spyker’s brand values craftsmanship and exclusivity.

Suspension & Wheels

The C8 Aileron is fitted with a brand-new front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension

system. The new suspension system includes a new kinematic layout of the front and rear suspension,

front and rear stabilizer bars, mono-tube dampers, coil over damper steel springs, anti-dive and antisquat

setup for improved handling properties. The suspension components are made of forged

aluminium where possible, to keep the vehicle’s unsprung weight as low as possible. Shock absorbers

are now placed vertically within the wishbones.

The Aeroblade™ wheels of the first-generation cars are replaced by newly-designed 19-inch alloy

wheels. New 10-blade, 19-inch directional rotor wheels, branded Rotorblade™, are available as an

option. These wheels are inspired by the turbine blades of a jet engine, which hints the new styling

direction while respecting the aviation heritage. The 235/35 size tyres at the front and up to 295/30 at

the rear provide the necessary road holding.


Brakes are supplied by AP Racing, a partner from day one. Black brake calipers with Spyker script are

standard. Colour-coded calipers with Spyker script can be ordered as an option. Carbon ceramic

brakes will be available as an option soon.

Technical Specifications Spyker C8 Aileron


Two-seat, two-door body. All-aluminium spaceframe chassis composed of extrusions and folded sheet

aluminium. Extruded aluminium side-impact bars and integral rollover bars. Xenon headlights with

LED sidelights and indicators. LED taillights.

Weight : 1425kg (3142lbs)

Wheelbase : 2727mm (107”)

Length : 4617mm (182”)

Width (exc. mirrors) : 1972mm (77”)

Front track : 1625mm (64”)

Rear track : 1645mm (65”)

Height : 1270mm (50”)

Fuel tank capacity : 57 litres (15 US gallons)


Aluminium 4.2 litre (4163cm3) V8 spark-ignition. Mid-mounted engine. Fully stainless steel exhaust

system with active bypass valves.

Max power : 298Kw (400bhp)

Max torque : 480Nm (354 lb.ft)

Max revolutions : 7200 Rpm

Acceleration : 0-100 km/h – 4.5 seconds

Max speed : 300 km/h (187 mph)


Manual: rear mid-mounted 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox.

Automatic: rear mid-mounted 6-speed ZF automatic gearbox with torque converter.

Rear-wheel drive.


Front and rear independent forged aluminium double wishbone suspension system, including a new

kinematic layout of the front and rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, mono-tube dampers,

coil over damper steel springs, anti-dive and anti-squat setup for improved handling properties.


Radial-mounted four-piston AP Racing brake calipers. Brake calipers available in various colours with

Spyker logo. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).

Front: 350mm diameter vented and cross-drilled steel brake discs. Rear: 332 diameter vented and

cross-drilled steel brake discs.

Wheels and tyres

Standard: 19” alloy wheels. Optional: 19” directional Rotorblade™ alloy wheels (10-blade design)

Front: 8.5Jx19 inch, rear: 10Jx19 inch

Tyres, front: 235/35 ZR19, rear: 295/30 ZR19


Full-leather interior by Dutch Royal Tanneries Hulshof. Brushed aluminium dashboard. Turned

aluminium dashboard and Chronoswiss dials are optional. Air conditioning. Driver and passenger

airbags with passenger airbag deactivation switch.

In Car Entertainment

Kharma Sound System incorporating a digital radio, Bluetooth interface, iPod connectivity and

navigation system.


European retail price excl. taxes ! 189,990.- (with manual gearbox, excluding options)

! 195,990.- (with automatic gearbox, excluding options)

Further developments

The Spyder version of the Spyker C8 Aileron is in final development, and is scheduled for launch at

the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2009. It will feature a semi-automatic soft-top roof


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Entusismantement bella, ho sempre amato le spyker e questa non fa eccezione, nonostante il passo lungo rovini un po' la fiancata. Bellissima...

La teoria è quando si conosce il funzionamento di qualcosa ma quel qualcosa non funziona.

La pratica è quando tutto funziona ma non si sa come.

Spesso si finisce con il coniugare la teoria con la pratica: non funziona niente e non si sa il perché.

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Bellissima, molto elegante e mai banale. Un ottimo lavoro.

La teoria è quando si conosce il funzionamento di qualcosa ma quel qualcosa non funziona.

La pratica è quando tutto funziona ma non si sa come.

Spesso si finisce con il coniugare la teoria con la pratica: non funziona niente e non si sa il perché.

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