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
And so to a bit of background: the Aileron is Dutch company Spyker's second generation of the C8 range, currently populated by a pair of other cars; the C8 Laviolette and the C8 Spyder. The Laviolette is the more focused sports car (manual, hard, noisy), the Spyder the chop-top version with a razored roof and windscreen - both feature Spyker's predilection for air inlets that resemble the business end of a hypodermic syringe. The Aileron has a more mature outlook, with inlets that resemble jet engine intakes, a longer wheelbase, bigger cabin and that auto. The auto is important. Spyker customers have apparently been crying out for a self-shifter since the Laviolette first hit the streets - there are stories of Japanese customers having their cars transported to areas just around the corner from their favourite restaurants and shuffling them to the frontages in first gear. They loved the car, but couldn't cope with a clutch.