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Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder To Get Corvette ZR1 Power?

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On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

Spyker Aileron C8 Spyder To Get Corvette ZR1 Power?

Nearly two years ago, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Netherlands-based supercar-maker Spyker announced a Spyder version of its second-generation C8 Aileron. It unveiled the model a few months later in Pebble Beach and the world was astounded by the muscular, aero-inspired, electric/hydraulic-roofed beauty. Unfortunately for that world—particularly the wealthiest segment of it—the Aileron Spyder has existed merely as a show car ever since. It shows its sexy face at big auto shows around the world, but has not yet made it out of the factory, despite production originally being planned for the first half of last year.

Sure, Spyker has been busy with acquiring and resurrecting Saab, but is it too much to ask for them to focus on their bread and butter?

Well, according to new word from CEO Victor Muller, part of the hold-up may be due to an engine switch. When introduced in 2009, the Spyder was equipped with Audi's 400-hp 4.2-liter V8 engine. But apparently Spyker realized that such a mean, powerful-looking car needed a little more power. Instead of the Audi mill, Spyker plans to use GM's supercharged LS9 engine.

According to GTSpirit, this news comes straight from the top. CEO Victor Muller told a Dutch magazine: "...the Aileron Spyder will not be equipped with a 4.2 V8 engine sourced from Audi, but with a supercharged V8 from the States. The General Motors power plant is also used in the Corvette ZR1."

Well, that's sure good news. The supercharged LS9 engine seen in the Corvette ZR1 will give the Aileron much more grunt, delivering 638 horses and 604 lb-ft (the Audi engine delivered 354 lb-ft). That should be more than enough to give the Aileron's numbers a big boost. With the Audi engine, we were looking at a 4.5-second 0-to-62 mph and a 187 mph top speed. No word on what numbers the car will boast now, but we imagine they'll give the Spyker full supercar cred.

Muller didn't indicate when Spyker plans to deliver the Aileron Spyder to market or how much it will cost, but he did mention that it will be suitably rare. Only 99 examples are planned.

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