TopGear drives the Spyker Aileron
The desert is about to get that bit hotter thanks to the outlandish £194,000, 400bhp Spyker Aileron...
Posted: 13 Oct 2010
The issue is simple: while the suspension is busy lapping up direction changes and big bumps, the auto, even in paddleshift mode, is tardy. In a world where you can have a proper slushy torque-converted auto that shifts almost as quickly as a nominal F1-style robotised manual (we're talking Audi RS6 here), the Aileron feels like it's been stuck with last year's software. Even if you lock out the auto-shift and switch everything to ‘sports', downchanges from the paddles are too long in coming and upchanges slurry and cluttered. Add to that the fact that the slushbox seems to rob the motor of some of its 400bhp and 354lb ft, and the Aileron ends up being a fast car that feels brisk rather than outright quick. A 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds and 186mph top end are not to be sniffed at, but with a seriously modern gearbox, this car could be right up there.