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  Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder
 

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Country of origin:The Netherlands
Introduced in:2018
Numbers built:100
Introduced at:2017 Geneva Motor Show
Price new:€403,500
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 08, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Spyker C8 Preliator's contemporary design is heavily inspired by Spyker's aviation heritage, with a clear emphasis on the typical aircraft air intakes, the so-called NACA ducts, and represents the latest evolution of Spyker's signature architecture.

In the first-generation Spyker cars (C8 Spyder and Laviolette), the propeller design was consistently applied to many elements of the cars. The second generation cars (C8 Aileron) showed a transition to turbine engine inspired design. Within the design of the new third generation cars, the Spyker C8 Preliator, the emphasis has shifted to submerged air intakes, the so-called NACA ducts, as used in the aviation industry.

Several changes in styling were made to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car. Small ailerons were added to the front splitter and side skirts to redirect the airflow optimally. The shark-like gills have been abandoned, which results in a cleaner, smoother appearance. The trademark V-shaped grille with honeycomb mesh is now characterised by the central pillar first seen on the Spyker B6 Venator concept car shown here in 2013. Also, the rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. Small winglets mounted on the front splitter and side skirts optimise the airflow.

The CNC-machined stainless steel rear lights are made of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) emulating fighter jet afterburners. LED lights were also used for the indicators and the sidelights in the headlight units. The brake light has been sculpted into the rear panel so as to ensure smooth flowing design lines. Elegantly aggressive 19" TurbofanTM wheels are shown in a mirror polish finish.

The Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder's all-aluminium space frame composed of extrusions and folded sheet aluminium and extruded aluminium side-impact bars and integral rollover bars was redesigned with the objective to further increase torsional rigidity and to incorporate the Lotus supplied suspension system. These characteristics provide an ideal foundation for enhanced vehicle dynamics.

Moreover, the C8 Preliator Spyder's dimensions have been optimised, the car is longer than its predecessors, providing for more driving comfort and stability at high speeds.

Spyker has put tremendous efforts in the space frame performance of the C8 Preliator, specifically the structure's efficiency. The utilisation of modern finite element and numerical optimization methods has allowed Spyker's engineers to arrive at an exceptionally stiff structure. Rigid-node and load-path technology has been employed in order to ensure that the minimum amount of aluminium is used to achieve this performance, thus reducing the overall weight of the vehicle. The dynamic stiffness characteristics of the structure have been carefully tuned in order to minimize unwanted cabin noises and vibrations, which may otherwise detract from the driving experience. These technologies and measures have allowed Spyker to arrive at the most efficient chassis in its history.

The Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder is available in 34 standard colours, but customers may choose any colour they wish as an option, as well as the sporty Spyker Squadron GT2 colour scheme. The C8 Preliator Spyder shown at the Geneva Show has a new colour called Ascot Bronze. Spyker will meet any demand of its discerning owners to create an absolutely bespoke car of which he or she will never find another one at the traffic light.

The Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder sports a semi-automatic canvas soft-top. The roof's operation is electric / hydraulic, secured by one central latch operated manually.

Once folded, the soft-top is totally enclosed within the body of the car, allowing for an undisturbed profile. The roof retracts under an aluminium tonneau, with two buttresses upholstered in quilted Litano leather (matching the car's interior) and featuring the company's motto "Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via" — For the tenacious, no road is impassable. The soft top has a glass rear window and is available in eight colours.

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