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PostHeaderIcon The Spyker-Koenigsegg Collaboration Could Change The Supercar Landscape For The Better

It’s been rough going for Spyker over the past few years, but better days appear to be ahead for the Swedish maker of supercars thanks in part to a partnership it has entered with Koenigsegg. As per the agreement, Koenigsegg will now be the official engine supplier of both coupe and spyder versions of Spyker’s C8 Preliator, replacing Audi in that role and ushering a new era of supercar collaborations that could change the landscape of the segment in the coming years.

Yes, you read that right. Koenigsegg, the makers of all-conquering machines like the Regera and the One:1, will now be tasked to power Spyker’s future lineup of models, beginning with the two Preliator variants. The news comes as Spyker is set to present the C8 Preliator Spyder, the topless version of the coupe variant it unveiled in Geneva this time last year.

Remember, the C8 Preliator that was shown last year came with an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that put out 517 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right? But when compared to the new digs Spyker’s getting from Koenigsegg – a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – well, we’re going to let the numbers paint the picture.

With the new V-8 bolted up, the C8 Preliator Spyder will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 201 mph. Sure, it’s not on the level of Koenigsegg’s four-wheel guided missiles, but it still comes as a slight improvement over the supercharged Audi V-8. It covered the same 60-mph time in 3.7 seconds before peaking at a similar 201-mph top speed.

But the Spyker-Koenigsegg partnership isn’t just about bigger engines, more power, and improved performance. It also points to something even more important, not only for both brands, but for the whole supercar segment entirely. Whereas competition remains the driving force of this market, this collaboration could open up a world of new possibilities for future supercar brands moving forward. It may be Spyker and Koenigsegg now, but imagine if, say, Koenigsegg and Bugatti joined forces to create the ultimate supercar? Impossible? Perhaps. But there was a time when the kind of partnership we’re seeing between Spyker and Koenigsegg would’ve been scoffed at as well.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon The Spyker-Koenigsegg Collaboration Could Change The Supercar Landscape For The Better

It’s been rough going for Spyker over the past few years, but better days appear to be ahead for the Swedish maker of supercars thanks in part to a partnership it has entered with Koenigsegg. As per the agreement, Koenigsegg will now be the official engine supplier of both coupe and spyder versions of Spyker’s C8 Preliator, replacing Audi in that role and ushering a new era of supercar collaborations that could change the landscape of the segment in the coming years.

Yes, you read that right. Koenigsegg, the makers of all-conquering machines like the Regera and the One:1, will now be tasked to power Spyker’s future lineup of models, beginning with the two Preliator variants. The news comes as Spyker is set to present the C8 Preliator Spyder, the topless version of the coupe variant it unveiled in Geneva this time last year.

Remember, the C8 Preliator that was shown last year came with an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that put out 517 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Impressive, right? But when compared to the new digs Spyker’s getting from Koenigsegg – a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – well, we’re going to let the numbers paint the picture.

With the new V-8 bolted up, the C8 Preliator Spyder will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 201 mph. Sure, it’s not on the level of Koenigsegg’s four-wheel guided missiles, but it still comes as a slight improvement over the supercharged Audi V-8. It covered the same 60-mph time in 3.7 seconds before peaking at a similar 201-mph top speed.

But the Spyker-Koenigsegg partnership isn’t just about bigger engines, more power, and improved performance. It also points to something even more important, not only for both brands, but for the whole supercar segment entirely. Whereas competition remains the driving force of this market, this collaboration could open up a world of new possibilities for future supercar brands moving forward. It may be Spyker and Koenigsegg now, but imagine if, say, Koenigsegg and Bugatti joined forces to create the ultimate supercar? Impossible? Perhaps. But there was a time when the kind of partnership we’re seeing between Spyker and Koenigsegg would’ve been scoffed at as well.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Spyker C8 Preliator

Spyker has had its fair share of trouble in the past. There was that issue with GM, and then Spyker eventually filed for bankruptcy. That bankruptcy was declared null and void, but it was still a troubling time for the company. That’s ok, though, because Spyker is back and has even debuted a new C8 this year at the Geneva International Motor Show. Dubbed the Preliator, it’s the third generation C8, and it’s said to be the “ultimate translation” of Spyker’s aviation heritage to a “road jet” or “plane without wings.”

The name “Preliator” means fighter or warrior in Latin, so it’s no surprise Spyker chose that name for its new C8. At the unveiling in Geneva, Victor R. Muller, Spyker’s Founder and CEO, said, “The greatest man in our industry, Enzo Ferrari, once said: ‘What’s behind you, doesn’t matter.’ What does matter is the fact that we have returned to Geneva today to unveil the worthy successor to the Spyker C8 Aileron, launched right here in 2009, of which the last five units are being assembled in our new production facilities in Coventry, the United Kingdom.”

So, Spyker hasn’t even finished producing the previous generation and has already debuted the next. The question is – does the C8 Preliator differ enough from the previous generation to suffice as a new model? Well, it’s still hand built, and from a glance, it looks to be an interesting car, so let’s dive on into this review and see what is going on with Spyker’s new C8 Preliator.

Updated 03/30/2016: Spyker announced U.S. prices for its new C8 Preliator at the 2016 New York Auto Show where the sports car made its North American debut. The car will be limited to only 50 units worldwide and will be offered with both manual and automatic transmission. Check the “Prices” section for more details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Spyker C8 Preliator.


PostHeaderIcon Sights and Sounds: Spyker C8 Laviolette

Spyker C8 Laviolette

SaabKyle has teamed up with Shmee to create a kind of all-star internet video team, bringing you in-depth tours of the hottest cars in the world. The car they are featuring this time is a 2009 Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 – a car so exotic and so rare, most people have not even heard about it.

In this video Kyle delivers a walkaround look at the Spyker C8 Laviolette, start it up, samples the exhaust noise, and basically gets his camera into every nook and cranny:

Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 Specs:

  • Body & Chassis
    • Frame: Structural Aluminium Space Frame
    • Body: Full aluminium body
    • Suspension: Fully independent and adjustable aluminium wishbone suspension Koni F1 Shock Absorbers, Eibach Springs, anti roll bar
    • Active safety: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Brake Calipers: Aluminium AP Racing calipers
    • Brake discs (front – rear): Ø356 mm (14″) – Ø330 mm (13″) AP Racing
    • Pistons (front/rear): 6/4 AP Racing
    • Wheels (front – rear): 8,5J x Ø19″ – 9,5J x Ø19″
    • Tyres (front – rear): 235/35 R19 – 265/30 R19
    • Rear spoiler: Fixed wing
  • Engine & Transmission
    • Engine type: Mid-mounted V8, 40 Valve
    • Engine capacity: 4172 CC (254.6 cu in.)
    • Maximum Power: 298 Kw (400 hp)
    • Maximum torque: 480 Nm
    • Maximum revolutions: 7500 rpm
    • Fuel Injection System: Multi-Point with Electronic Ignition
    • Differential: Drexler Limited Slip Differential
    • Gearbox: Synchromesh 6-Speed Transaxle, Getrag manual gearbox
  • Dimensions
    • Wheel base 2575 mm (101″)
    • Front track 1400 mm (55″)
    • Rear track 1580 mm (62″)
    • Length 4185 mm (165″)
    • Width ex mirrors 1880 mm (74″)
    • Height 1245 mm (49″)
    • Kerb weight 1275 Kg (2805 lbs)
    • Weight distribution: front / rear 43% / 57%
    • Specific Power: kg/hp 3.125
    • Max. Allowable Weight 1500 kg
    • Max. Allowable Weight in trunk 50 kg
  • Consumption (in accordance with Dir. EC/1999/100)
    • Urban cycle: 19,0 L/100 km
    • Extra urban cycle: 10,0 L/100 km
    • Combined: 13,3 L/100 km
    • CO2 emission 315 g/km
  • Consumption US (in accordance with US EPA guidelines)
    • Urban cycle: 13 mpg: Expected range for most drivers 12 to 18 MPG
    • Extra urban cycle: 18 mpg: Expected range for most drivers 16 to 24 MPG
    • Combined: 15 mpg
  • Tank capacities
    • Fuel tank: 60 litres (15,9 gallons)
    • Engine oil: 8 litres (2,1 gallons)
    • Engine coolant: 20 litres (5,3 gallons)

The post Sights and Sounds: Spyker C8 Laviolette appeared first on Motorward.

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