Spyker C8

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Spyker C8
2009 Spyker C8 Spyder fL.jpg
2009 Spyker C8 Spyder
ManufacturerSpyker Cars
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door convertible (Aileron Spyder and Spyder)
2-door coupe (Laviolette, Double and Aileron)
LayoutRMR layout
Engine4.2 L Audi V8
Power output400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) to 620 PS (456 kW; 612 hp)
TransmissionGetrag 6-speed manual
ZF 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2575 mm (101 in)
Length4185 mm (165 in)
Width1880 mm (74 in)
Height1080 mm (42 in)
Curb weight1250 kg (2750 lb)
PredecessorSpyker Silvestris V8

The Spyker C8 is a sports car produced by the Dutch automaker Spyker Cars since 2000.[citation needed] The design takes visual cues from the 1999 Spyker Silvestris V8 concept car but the proportions have been changed vastly.[1]


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[2]
  • C8 Aileron Spyder[3]
  • C8 Preliator
  • C8 Preliator Spyder

A Spyker C8 Aileron pulling away from the start of the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb in 2009.

The C8 Spyder is the original base model with an Audi 4.2 litre V8 engine giving the car 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) 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; 518 hp), giving it a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph). The C8 Laviolette has the 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) Audi engine but unlike the Spyder models that come with a fixed roof with a glass canopy[clarification needed]. 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; 473 hp) 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 (456 kW; 612 hp) engine instead of the 400 PS (294 kW; 395 hp) 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 L instead of 75.

The C8 Preliator was officially announced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Only 50 vehicles will be produced.[needs update] The car has a 4.2 L supercharged Audi V8 producing 525 hp (391 kW; 532 PS), resulting in a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph). The car comes with a choice of 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.[4][5]


One of two C8 Spyder GT2-Rs at the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Spyder C8 Double 12R's first race was the 2002 12 Hours of Sebring, 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[edit]

A C8[which?] appeared in Season 4 episode 7 of Top Gear (UK) driven by Jeremy Clarkson and The Stig.

The Spyker C8 Laviolette has been featured in movies such as Basic Instinct 2, War and Fast & Furious 6. The Spyker C8 was also featured in a 2010 commercial for Reese's Puffs.

The C8 has also been featured in a number of video games, including:

Model Videogames
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, Smash Bandits Racing
C8 Aileron Spyder Test Drive Unlimited 2


  1. ^ Tidesco, Art (2011-08-14). "Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres !: Woodland For The Tenacious - Spyker Silvestris V8 Prototype". Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres !. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  2. ^ "First Drive: 2009 Spyker C8 Aileron Video". YouTube. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  3. ^ "Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder - World Debut". YouTube. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  4. ^ Spyker Official website (2016) - World Debut for the Spyker C8 Preliator, article retrieved March 2, 2016
  5. ^ Jonathon Klein for Automobilemag (2016) - A Mechanical Beauty, the Spyker C8 Preliator, article retrieved March 2, 2016

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