Revealed – Spyker C8 Aileron LM85 – A Special Edition Dutch Car To Seal An Era
It Is Hard To Have More Airplane Touches In A Car Than The C8 Aileron
Published December 27, 2017
Spyker has been in the news since 1999 when the modern incarnation of the company actually started building new cars. Unfortunately for them, we’ve read more about their financial troubles than about their cars. Yet, every now and then they release something exceptional – both in an artistic and a technological sense. The C8 Aileron was one of those exceptional moments. The car appeared six years ago and now, the small Dutch company is looking to close its production with three special editions dubbed the C8 Aileron LM85.
The Dutch have not said a word about prices or availability, but I am keen to think that these three are already sold. After all, if McLaren found 500 people to buy the Senna on such short notice, Spyker could definitely find three to buy the last C8s for sure.
Spyker C8 Aileron LM85 Is the End Of A Curious Era
The car is rooted in the original C8 which appeared almost two decades ago. However, the latest iteration does look like it can compete in the strange niche segment of rare cars. The Spyker C8 Aileron LM85, like all of its predecessors, has a number of interesting advantages compared with other cars.
Plastic? Only the seat belt buckles and, possibly, the Audi-sourced second key.
Aluminum? All over the car – inside and out!
Leather? The whole of the cabin is wrapped in the material – even the footwells and space behind the seats.
Airplane-inspired design? Well, Spyker is best known for its airplane-inspired touches. The dash, the gauges, logo, and switches – they are all made of aluminum and could probably find their place in an airplane without any modifications.
Unique features? Look at that awesome exposed manual transmission linkage. Sure, Pagani cars have exceptional transmission leavers, but this is a win as well. And it sounds so good – mechanically correct.
Now, these are features every other Spyker C8 Aileron had, but what about the special touches on the new C8 Aileron LM85?
Spyker sings its swan song with the C8 by complementing it with a unique paint job. Inspired by Spyker’s Laviolette GT2R racing car, the LM85 does have some special styling touches too, such as exposed rivets, handcrafted aluminum body panels, and an intricate two-tone finish. All three final C8 Ailerons will have different paint jobs. Spyker will produce one with black base paint with crimson red tones, the other with crimson red base and black details, while the third one will be black and gold.
Of course, interior matching the paint job is a must.
Audi-Sourced Engine Still Runs Hard
In terms of power, the latest version of the C8 Aileron still uses the well known Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8. Supercharged to 525 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the car is confident in its sub-4-second 0-60 mph run and a top speed of 186+mph. It is not a supercar, mind you. It doesn’t even try to be one. The C8 Aileron LM85 is an exercise of intricate design and a testament to the fine line of eccentric cars produced by Spyker – around 300 of them since 1999 to this day.
With this final run of the Aileron, we turn our attention now to the C8 Preliator, which will ditch Audi power for a rather interesting Koenigsegg unit.