In addition to the Spyker C8 Aileron 2009 Sports Coupe's incredibly unique styling, it also has some nifty, albeit clich?, safety features like standard anti-lock brakes, steering-wheel and passenger airbags, an alarm system with an immobilizer, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Unfortunately, stability and traction control are unavailable in the vehicle, which would have certainly added to its appeal. The Spyker C8 lineup consists of three distinct models: the C8 Laviolette Coupe, the C8 Spyder, and the C8 Aileron Coupe. The Laviolette and Spyder were on sale in Europe for quite some time before the Aileron made its debut with a fresh dashboard design and an overhauled, long-wheelbase version of the C8 chassis. The Spyker C8 Aileron is powered by a 4.2-liter Audi V8 engine that produces 400 horsepower, and employs a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The approximately 3,000-pound C8 weighs much less than most luxury sports cars due to its extensive use of aluminum construction.
On the outside, the Spyker C8 Aileron boasts such features as an aluminum rear diffuser, front and side aerodynamic splitters, door sill illumination, LED headlights and taillights, body-colored door mirrors, and turbine air inlets reminiscent of the early jet-engined aviation era. Inside the cabin, the C8 Aileron has several fantastic features including a fully leather Hulshof interior, a steering column with rake and reach adjustment, a keyless ignition switch and engine start / stop button, air conditioning, turbine design air vents, a unique design standing pedal box, a battery disconnection switch located in the front compartment, a 12 volt connection in the glove box, leather-trimmed luggage compartment and roof upholstery, adjustable Sparco sport seats, and remote-controlled electrically operated, single-hinge tilting doors. The vehicle also includes a navigation system, a multi-functional LCD display, and a six-speaker Kharma sound system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. The Spyker C8 Aileron's interior is sure to please, as the various customizable options will keep each vehicle unique from the inside out.
Spyker estimates a 0-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds for the Spyker C8 Aileron, and EPA fuel economy estimates for the vehicle are 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (or 15 mpg combined). While the Spyker C8 is fast, it isn't a car that tempts you to race other luxury vehicles. The handling is another matter. With a chassis tuned with input from Lotus and precise manual steering, the C8 has plenty of get-up-and-go. Unfortunately, the price of that excellent handling is an extremely rough ride. Despite the Spyker C8's shock absorbers and an ultra-rigid aluminum structure that creates zero chassis quiver, drivers may feel like they've never had a less comfortable ride.