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(from Spyker Press
Release) Spyker Cars, manufacturer of premium sport cars,
unveiled its second generation C-line sports car at the Salon
International de lAuto in Geneva, Switzerland today: The all
aluminium Long Wheel Base model is called Spyker C8 Aileron and will
come with both a manual as well as an automatic gearbox.
The C8 Aileron continues
Spykers signature architecture (applied since its inception in 2000
with the C8 Spyder) of a mid-engined configuration in an aluminium
space frame, clad in aluminium body panels.
The Ailerons space frame is a development of the original space
frame of the first generation cars: its torsional rigidity, however,
was improved by 40% without adding any weight. Its dimension have
changed though, the wheelbase increasing by 10 cm / 4.5 inches for
improved road handling and more cockpit space. Also its front track
was widened and as a result the car is virtually square.
Designing a successor of
a first generation car is no mean feat. Spykers design philosophy
has always been to create timeless designs, contemporary but
In the first generation cars the leading design cues were Spykers
aviation and racing heritage. The propeller design consistently
applied to many elements of the cars ( such as the Aeroblade wheels
) since 2000, was up for refreshment though: And in aviation the
propeller engine was succeeded by the turbine engine so Spyker
adopted the turbine as its leitmotiv for the Aileron.
The signature Spyker polished air inlets in aluminium were converted
into turbine engine shaped scoops reducing the bling element
considerably, which reflects a trend Spyker sees in general: more
sober designs, less exuberant. The scoops have polished alloy
nacelles which may be colour coded with the interior as an option.
The airflow around the car was redesigned so that the shark-like
gills of the first generation cars (no less than 17 on a C8 Spyder)
could be abandoned giving the Aileron a cleaner, smoother
The radiator opening was enlarged in anticipation of more horsepower
requiring additional cooling. The mesh is V-shaped as on the first
generation cars, a direct reference to the Spykers of the previous
century, but angled forward giving the car a somewhat more
Also the headlight units were reshaped to follow the body design
more closely. LED lights are incorporated in the units for
indicators as well as Xenon lights (which are standard now).
The glass jet brighten inspired canopy, first introduced on the C8
Laviolette in February 2001, was extended backwards, reducing drag
and increasing cockpit headroom. The signature air inlet atop the
cockpit remained save that is now turbine shaped.
With the increased wheelbase (10cm / 4.5 inches) the doors grew by
the same length allowing for more comfortable in- and egress.
Unfortunately practicality sometimes gains over design: The first
generation cars have split side windows which were not optimal in
terms of sealing (wind noise and water management). The Aileron has
single pane side glass that drops when the door is opened and
closed, creating improved comfort level.
The rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. The
redesigned rear lights are LED units.
The outside mirrors were redesigned and the cone is mounted on two
turbine fan blades, standard in body colour (but available in
polished aluminium as an option)
The Aileron will
continue to use the Audi 4.2 litre V8 giving 400 BHP. This
state-of-the-art 5 valve 4 cam engine is now mated to a 6 speed
Getrag manual or a 6 speed automatic ZF gearbox. This is the first
time a Spyker is available with such an automatic gearbox as
Wheels and suspension
The Aeroblade (5
propeller) wheels of the first generation cars are logically
replaced by a 10 blade rotor wheel called Rotorblade . They come
in 19 all round and are made in left and right hand turning
The Ailerons suspension was developed from scratch and has double
wishbones both front and rear. Shock absorbers are now placed
vertically within the wishbones.
(Carbon Ceramic ) Brakes
Brakes are supplied by
AP Racing, a Spyker partner from day one. Colour coded callipers
with Spyker script are available as an option. The Aileron is
available with carbon ceramic brakes as an option as well.
The interior of all
Spykers is clad in the highest quality leather the industry has on
offer. The Dutch Tannery of Hulshof provides the six hides used for
an Aileron interior in 14 standard colours, which is fitted by
Ellemeijer. Any other colour so desired by the customer is available
as an option.
Chronoswiss Dials are available as an option as well.
When Spyker started
production in 2003 80% of the customers ordered their cars without
any audio system, the basic reasoning being that the engine provided
all the sound one could possibly wish for. However, with larger
numbers of cars going into the market, the demand for a standard
sound system increased and cars were fitted with the system chosen
by the owner. With the ever increasing success of the I-pod and
similar products, the demand for a standard sound system fitted by
the factory has increased to the point that every Aileron will be
equipped with a Kharma sound system, incorporating a GPS system,
Bluetooth, CD player and an I-pod jack. It is paired to 7 Kharma
The Aileron is available
in 14 standard colours but as an option customers may elect to have
the car painted any colour they whish. The Spyker Squadron GT2
colour scheme with big Ss is available as an option as well.