Spyker C8 Preliator top view Spyker, a creator of meticulously hand-built sports cars since 2000, is set to debut the C8 Preliator on its return to the New York International Auto Show, starting 24 March. The C8 Preliator is the Dutch automaker’s third-generation sports car and available in just 50 units the world over.

The 2-door Spyker C8 Preliator’s design represents the ultimate translation of Spyker’s aviation heritage to a road jet, a plane without wings, reflected among others in the Head-Up Display (HUD), fitted as standard to every car. It is the epitome of our unrivalled craftsmanship. The “Preliator” name, which means “fighter” or “warrior” in Latin.

Spyker’s third-generation sports car features design cues from jet propulsion aircraft, highlighting the turbine blade, NACA duct air inlets and little wings, ailerons, to improve the car’s aerodynamic performance. With sleek aerodynamics, a long GT-wheelbase, luxurious and spacious cabin and world-class drivetrain, the new C8 Preliator has broadened the appeal of the Spyker brand while maintaining the marque’s exclusivity.

In order to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car, several changes in styling were made so as to reduce drag such as the replacement of the air scoop on the canopy by a NACA duct. 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 glass canopy has a reflective gold coating applied to it as used in jet fighters. The trademark V-shaped grille with honeycomb mesh is now characterized by the central pillar first seen on the Spyker B6 Venator concept car in 2013. Also the rear diffuser was redesigned for improved functionality. Small winglets mounted on the front splitter and side skirts optimize the airflow.

The CNC-machined stainless steel rear lights are made of LEDs 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-inch Turbofan wheels are shown in a mirror polish finish. The wheels are paired to 235/35 front tyres and 295/30 rears.

The Spyker C8 Preliator is available in 16 standard colors, including the sporty Spyker Squadron GT2 scheme. The C8 Preliator on display at the NY Auto show takes up a new color, Satin Jet Grey.

All-aluminium space frame for enhanced vehicle dynamics

The Spyker C8 Preliator’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.

Interior with a purpose

The Spyker C8 Preliator has more interior space, which results in a higher comfort level and improved ergonomics. The interior, with its typical Spyker attention to detail, is made of the highest quality leather available in the market. The leather interior is available in 14 standard colors, but any other color can be ordered as an option. The car on display has a Saddle interior with white honeycomb stitching (matching the mesh in the grille) and an ivory leather headlining.

The dashboard was redesigned to suit the new exterior design and to improve ergonomics and functionality. Air vents are designed in turbine style and the performance and distribution of the air conditioning was improved significantly. A multifunctional Head-Up Display is integrated and placed atop the dash board. Machined Chronoswiss dials and switches are available as an option.

By mounting a supercharger to the Audi V8 engine, Spyker has improved the performance of the Spyker C8 Preliator significantly as compared to its predecessor. The Spyker C8 Preliator uses the Audi 4.2 liter V8 engine Spyker has used since its inception but now boasting 525 bhp as a result of a supercharger, and the powertrain is available with two transmission alternatives: a standard 6-speed Getrag manual gearbox or a ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

The C8 Preliator is fitted with a Lotus front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension system. This suspension system includes a new kinematic layout of the front and rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, mono-tube dampers, coil over damper steel springs, anti-dive and anti-squat setup for improved handling properties. The suspension components are made of forged aluminium where possible, to keep the vehicle’s unsprung weight as low as possible. Shock absorbers are placed vertically within the wishbones.

Brakes are supplied by AP Racing, a partner from day one. Black brake calipers with Spyker script are standard. Color-coded calipers with Spyker script can be ordered as an option, along with carbon ceramic brakes. The car on display at NYC has Satin Gold calipers which match the air box.

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Spyker C8 Preliator Specifications

ENGINE TYPE: 90° V8 WITH COMPRESSOR
MAX POWER: 525 BHP
DRIVETRAIN TYPE: RWD
TRANSMISSION: 6-SPD MANUAL & AUTOMATIC

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT
LENGTH: 4628 MM
WIDTH: 1953 MM
WHEELBASE: 2725 MM
KERB WEIGHT: 1390 KG