|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door convertible (Aileron Spyder and Spyder)
2-door coupe (Laviolette, Double and Aileron)
|Engine||4.2 L Audi V8, 400 hp (300 kW) to 620 hp (460 kW)|
|Wheelbase||2575 mm (101 in)|
|Length||4185 mm (165 in)|
|Width||1880 mm (74 in)|
|Height||1080 mm (42 in)|
|Curb weight||1250 kg (2750 lb)|
There are several variants of the C8:
- C8 Spyder SWB (Wide Body)
- C8 Spyder T
- C8 Laviolette
- C8 Laviolette LM85
- C8 Double 12S
- C8 Double 12R
- C8 Spyder GT2-R
- C8 Laviolette GT2-R
- C8 Aileron
- C8 Aileron Spyder
- C8 Preliator
The C8 Spyder is the original base model with an Audi 4.2 litre V8 engine giving the car 400 PS (290 kW) and a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). The C8 spyder T has a more powerful Audi 4.2 litre V8 twin turbo with 525 PS (386 kW) giving it a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph). The C8 Laviolette has the 400 PS (290 kW) Audi engine but unlike the spyder models that come with a fixed roof with a glass canopy. The C8 Double 12R is a version made specifically for the 24 hours of Le Mans also using the Audi V8 engine with 480 PS (353 kW) and the C8 Double 12S is the street version of this car which has the same glass canopy of the Laviolette and optionally has a 620 PS (460 kW) engine instead of the 400 PS (290 kW) engine from the C8 spyder, giving it a top speed between 301 km/h (187 mph) and 345 km/h (214 mph) depending on the engine. Both Double 12 versions have a modified C8 spyder frame with a longer wheelbase and a bigger fuel tank, 100 litres instead of 75.
The C8 Preliator was officially announced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Only 50 vehicles will be produced. The car has a 4.2l supercharged Audi V8 producing 525hp, resulting in a 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 322km/h. The car either comes with a 6 speed manual Getrag or a 6 speed ZF automatic transmission. As with previous Spyker models, the car has typical aviation inspired design elements such as NACA styled air-inlets. Driver technology has been upgraded as well compared to previous models, with the C8 Preliator gaining a heads-up display and bluetooth connectivity for phones.
Spyker C8 scissor doors.
The Spyder C8 Double 12R's first race was the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2002, though an accident prevented the car from finishing. It also participates in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and several other endurance races. Since 2005 it has also participated in FIA GT races in the GT2 class with a Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R.
In popular culture
Appeared in Season 4 e7 of Top Gear (UK) driven by Jeremy Clarkson and The STIG.
Spyker cars have also been featured in a number of videogames, as follows:
|C8 Laviolette||Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo 5, Gran Turismo 6, Gran Turismo Concept: 2002 Tokyo-Geneva, Project Gotham Racing 4, Test Drive Unlimited|
|C8 Laviolette LM85||Forza Motorsport 3, Forza Motorsport 4|
|C8 Spyder||Test Drive Unlimited|
|C8 Spyder GT2R-R||Race Pro, Race Driver: Grid, GTR Evolution|
|C8 Double 12 S||Project Gotham Racing 3|
|C8 Aileron||Driveclub, Forza Motorsport 4, Test Drive Unlimited 2, The Crew|
|C8 Aileron Spyder||Test Drive Unlimited 2|
- "First Drive: 2009 Spyker C8 Aileron Video". YouTube. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- "Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder - World Debut". YouTube. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- Spyker Official website (2016) - World Debut for the Spyker C8 Preliator, article retrieved March 2, 2016
- Jonathon Klein for Automobilemag (2016) - A Mechanical Beauty, the Spyker C8 Preliator, article retrieved March 2, 2016
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