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
It's fun to punt along, even at modest speeds. And when the rain really starts to fall, the Aileron feels communicative and easy to handle. It might not have traction control, but when the tail swings wide, it does so with the kind of easy grace that comes from a much longer wheelbase. It'll look after you as far as possible, which fits with the more genteel ethos of the car itself, and the faster you go, the more impressed you get.
But some elements of the Aileron leave you wanting more. Though this is a pre-prod car, it's hard to ignore the fact that not enough has been made of the exhaust note (a more aurally pleasing version is due for the production specification) and that the brakes are way too grabby at low speeds. A simple pad change and servo tweak should see customers stop more gracefully outside Nobu. Of more concern is the fact that the ZF auto, though great at schlepping around town and cruising, isn't matched to the ability of the chassis.