Friday, August 21, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder

Here is another super-convertible, the 2010 Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder. Based on the C8 Aileron coupe, Holland's niche automaker have set this Aileron Spyder to get nearly all the capabilities of the coupe, despite the lack of roof.
For starters, with the 2010 C8 Aileron Spyder, Spyker replaced the hard-top, with a conventional cloth soft-top. Spyker claim that they didn't go for a tractable hard-top like in newly modern convertible, so not to ruin the weight balance. Nevertheless, this soft-top is fully automatic going up and down, and can do the trick within 20 seconds. Other than that, the 2010 C8 Aileron Spyder looks a near identical to the coupe, which is great! The C8 Aileron Spyder kept the coupe's scissors doors, shark-like mesh grille, meaningful hood-scoops, and even the rear diffuser.
Powered by an Audi-sourced mid-mounted 4.2L FSI V8 mated to a 6-speed ZF automatic with shift controls through the rear-wheels, and producing 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque on tap, Spyker's C8 Aileron Spyder will cover 60 mph in a shift of 4.5 seconds, on-wards to a top speed of 187 mph. These numbers are pretty much similar to the Audi R8 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. So there's no doubt that this is a supercar. However, Spyker also had to tune the suspension setup, after cutting-down the roof, and losing structural rigidity. Spyker say that this C8 Aileron Spyder is as close as it gets to the C8 Aileron coupe in-terms of handling.
After weathering some recent financial difficulties, Spyker hopes that the C8 Aileron and C8 Aileron Spyder will help to move the brand forward. That can be seen from the interior, where many customers thought the flat cross steering wheel was too much, Spyker have listen to those criticisms. So, the C8 Aileron and C8 Aileron Spyder have a more familiar Audi steering wheel. Still, it still features the trademark "open-air" gear shifter, hand-tuned aluminum dashboard, and classic aeronautical themes that dominate the interior.
The Aileron Spyder is scheduled to go into production in the first half of next year. Spyker yet have to announce pricing list, but it's surely in the supercar territory. So, where does this put the 2010 Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder? Well, this is a very fast super convertible, and yet this is a 100% Spyker; it's a fashion accessory. It's much cooler, yet more usable than any Ferrari or Audi supercars.

Source : [Spyker]

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