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Segment: Exotic

Spyker introduced the Spyder on the same platform as its sibling, the C8 Coupe.

It preserved the unique door opening system that impressed.

Revived in 2000, the Spyker was introduced on the supercars market with a unique styling and a heroic story behind it. The brand name came from an airplane maker that closed its doors in 1925, and it had an automotive section as well. Maarten de Bruijn and Victor Muller established the Spyker Cars in 1999 and launched the C8 Coupe with that history behind it. In the following year, they introduced the roadster version: the C8 Spyder.

The Audi-powered supercar featured an unusual look for its headlights. They incorporated four lamps under clear glass. A mesh-grille helped to cool the engine while an extracting vent released the warm air over the raked A-pillars. With its rounded shapes all around and the short cabin, it looked like an oversized MG TF Roadster. Even the engine was in the middle, and that forced the carmaker to install additional air-intakes on top of the rear quarter-panels and on the sides.

Inside, everything was covered with leather and aluminum, apart from the buttons and switches. It was clearly a car built for those who had a taste for luxury. The aluminum dash panel featured a line of gauges placed in the middle while the speedometer and tachometer took the area in front of the driver's seat.

The engine compartment was in the middle and Spyker cut a deal with Audi to provide them the 4.2-liter V-8 engine used by the German carmaker on several cars. Thanks to its twin-turbo feed, the powerplant produced 525 hp.

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SPYKER C8 Spyder 2000 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • 4.2L V8 6MT (400 HP)
  • 4.2L V8 T 6MT (525 HP)

SPYKER C8 Spyder 4.2L V8 6MT (400 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L V8 6MT (400 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4172 cm3
Power
294.2 KW @ 7500 RPM
400 HP @ 7500 RPM
395 BHP @ 7500 RPM
Torque
354 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
480 Nm @ 4000 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
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/40Z R18 // 225/35Z R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
164.8 in (4186 mm)
Width
74 in (1880 mm)
Height
42.5 in (1080 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/62.2 in (1,400/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
101.4 in (2576 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2756 lbs (1250 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14 mpg US (16.8 L/100Km)
Highway
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Combined
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)

SPYKER C8 Spyder 4.2L V8 T 6MT (525 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L V8 T 6MT (525 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4172 cm3
Power
385 KW @ 5700-6400 RPM
525 HP @ 5700-6400 RPM
516 BHP @ 5700-6400 RPM
Torque
413 lb-ft @ 1950-5600 RPM
560 Nm @ 1950-5600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
200 mph (322 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/35 R19 (front) - 265/30 R19 (rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
164.8 in (4186 mm)
Width
74 in (1880 mm)
Height
42.5 in (1080 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/62.2 in (1,400/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
101.4 in (2576 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.8 in (147 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2849 lbs (1292 kg)
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