The Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva was the setting for the world premiere of a new sports car from Dutch manufacturer Spyker. The C8 Aileron sports a completely redesigned lightweight aluminum frame, a longer wheelbase and chassis as well as aerodynamic and suspension tweaks that increase the efficiency of the car in motion, significant improvements from first-generation Laviolette and C8 Spyder designs.
The company’s efforts in earning respect and admiration in the automobile industry began in 2000, when Victor Muller and Maarten de Bruijn founded the company. Spyker’s evolution mirrors improvements in aviation that is a significant part of its heritage. Early models featured propeller-based engineering that dominated the company’s first production line, but a switch to turbine technology and styling makes the Aileron their finest achievement to date.
The car features an Audi V-8 engine that generates 400 bhp (brake horsepower) with a top speed of 187 mph, and the 0 to 62 mph speed is just 4.5 seconds. Single-hinge electric doors rise by remote control upon a cockpit where elegance and technical features collide. A split-panel translucent roof, Xenon headlights with LED features, and turbine air inlets help define the car’s sleek exterior.
Inside, a gorgeous aluminum console, Hulshof leather seats, and a Kharma six-speaker sound system with joystick control complete an exquisite list of style elements for the curvaceous sportster. Production models of the Aileron are set to hit the streets in May of this year.