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2009-03-03 14:05
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Spyker
Model Aileron
Engine 4.2l V8
Power 300kW
Torque 480Nm
Transmission Six-speed (manual/auto)
Zero To Hundred 4.5 sec
Top Speed 300km/h
Spyker, the rather madcap Dutch supercar manufacturer and former F1 constructor, has unveiled its second generation car, the Aileron.

Essentially an C8 sporting 150mm of additional wheelbase, the latest Spyker is 4.62m long and employing spaceframe construction methods, it weighs only 1 425kg.

After unveiling the nearly production ready Aileron at Geneva today, the company has released technical details. These show Spyker is clearly pandering to a less manic customer profile – with respect to dynamics only though, you’d still have to mad to buy one for aesthetic reasons.

Auto box now part of the package

Powering the Aileron is a Spyker fettled 4.2l V8, producing 300kW and 480Nm, courtesy of those magnanimous folks at Audi, and good for 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds.

The most significant change is the option of two six-speed transmission, either a Getrag manual shifter or a new, automatic ZF six-speed, which should appeal to Aileron customers who desire the brand’s unique style, yet shy away from a frantic driving experience.

Scissor doors are a bit 80s, LED lights a bit Audi R8. Overall presence is epic though. Turbine obsessed styling theme extends to the wheels with their pitched blade spokes - nice.

Turbine styling

Styling is radical, with the swept up front and huge grille, a cockpit covered primarily by transparent materials and watchmaker beautiful detailing all over.

A distinguishing styling theme of the Aileron are turbine air intakes present around the rear third of the car.

Whereas the 8C had propeller details to pay homage to Spyker’s obsession with aviation design, the Aileron goes even more contemporary with the aviation theme, courtesy of those jet turbine shaped engine air-intakes. Engineering faux pas? Perhaps. Coolness factor? Off the scale.

The embellishment of the front light clusters with LED lights is hardly an ode to original design though. In 2009, which manufacturer, no matter the size, is not incorporating LED daytime running lights to their product line though?

Exterior colour and interior trim options are high customisable.

Stunning looks. Exquisite detailing. At nearly €200 000 a piece the Spyker Aileron is pure car pornography. But isn’t that what you’d expect from the Dutch? Customer deliveries start by May.


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