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Segment: Exotic

Spyker was an unusual carmaker who started as a coachbuilder in 1880 and built the first inline-six engine in the world, but its name died when it went bankrupt in 1925.

In 2000, Spyker's name was revived, and the first model produced was the C8. It was an unusual sports car with front and upward door openings and without any electronic nanny to keep the driver and the precious car on the road. It was hand-built and crafted with aeronautic-grade attention to detail. In 2001, the carmaker introduced a special edition named Laviolette.

At the front, the C8 Laviolette had the same ovoid-shaped headlights with four lamps inside them. The front fascia sported the silver twin-blade propeller badge in the middle above the mesh grille. Unlike the rest of the C8 vehicles, the Laviolette's featured a see-through, clear roof. The carmaker evoked the fighter planes that used to have transparent canopies.

Inside, the car unveiled its aviation heritage. The four-spoke steering wheel resembled a four-blade propeller, and the aluminum trims from the dashboard and center console inspired the same aviation theme. Spyker already knew that its customers were not focused only on the car's performance but also on the exclusivity and highest detail level in the sports car industry. Take the gear-stick, for instance. It was a lever mounted on two chromed bars. It was a unique sample of functional design never met before in any other car.

Under the hood, the C8 Laviolette featured an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V-8 engine, similar to the one installed in the A8. Unlike the German flagship model, the C8 was rear-wheel-drive only.

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SPYKER C8 Laviolette 2001 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 4.2 V8

SPYKER C8 Laviolette 4.2 V8

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2 V8
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4172 cm3
Torque
354 lb-ft @ 7500 RPM
480 Nm @ 7500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
187 mph (301 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 6 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/40Z R18 Front / 225/35Z R18 Rear
DIMENSIONS
Length
164.8 in (4186 mm)
Width
74 in (1880 mm)
Height
49 in (1245 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/62.2 in (1,400/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
101.4 in (2576 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2811 lbs (1275 kg)
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