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Discussion in 'General Automotive Discussion' started by BrianZuk, Sep 10, 2009.
First real vid/review on YouTube!
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car looks awesome. why more guys don't like these I don't know.
Ill tell you why...
Because contrary to what everyone says the majority of people buy exotics for the status and the Spyker name is meaningless.
If I had that kind of cash Id buy a Spyker in an instant...they are gorgeous.
+1, well said. I have a feeling that i'd do the same thing; simply because i feel that most people have no idea what it is, and most people don't have one. The only time i've seen a Spyker was in the showroom of Symbollic Motors in La Jolla, CA. While on the other hand i could drive 10 mins down the street from where i live and see half a dozen of your typical 360's, Gallardo's, etc. Not like there's anything wrong with owning one; but i'd prefer something unique.
The Spykers are neat looking cars in person, lots of little details that they apparently worked on quite a bit. First time I saw it was a few years ago out at Monterrey and thought the fancy metal steering wheel it originally came with would make a hell of an impression on one's face in the even of an accident.
Ive only seen one once in downtown LA. As you know living in LA we see exotics every day and I dont even turn my head at an Enzo anymore.
But that Spyker made me give a double take and I had to follow it for a bit just to gaze at how gorgeous it was.
It is an Audi engined kit car.
Therein lies the problem.
Audighini is having trouble flogging new Gallardo's for half the price of a new Spyker.........do you think Spyker can do any better, they only sell 100 cars a year worldwide.
The interior is really nice, the exterior styling is OK.......but it is an Audi engined kit car, from a factory that almost no one has heard of, with ZERO resale history to support it. That is a long road to hoe............
The workmanship looks fantastic though. I've seen a few at meets here (demos from the dealer) and they *look* well put together.
My thought is that they are underpowered HP-wise given the price point. You're right, Gallardos are kicking out 150 more HP for less money, let alone the 911TT, GTR, ZR1, etc. It's a novelty car that's not faster than anything in it's price range but you buy to be different.
I agree.....they do look like they have been assembled with pride. The details are nice....etc....
I test drove the Aileron coupe today! here's more about this if you're interested - http://www.apexrally.com/2009/09/spyker-c8-aileron-test-drive.html
have a good one
Its a car I didn't have to take my hat off to !
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Please provide your driving impressions for those that got to ride/drive one! It is the best looking car made IMHO. I got to see a 2006 C8 spider last weekend. WOW the details are extraordinary! The more I see the Spykers the more I like them. Nothing wrong with the Audi V8 upgraded by Cosworth to produce a solid engine. Would you really want a car with an engine built inhouse by someone who only produced like 26 cars in 2006 and 43 in 2007? You get the best of both worlds this way. I hope Spyker makes it and people who can afford $230k will chose them over the same ole F430's ect. for a change. More people need to see how expectional and unique and how well put together these cars are.
here's mine - http://www.apexrally.com/2009/09/spyker-c8-aileron-test-drive.html
Having had the opportunity to sit in one at a showroom before, I must say that I love the steampunk design of the car, especially the shift stick. I've never seen anything else like it!
From the video, it looks like the distance between the top of the steering wheel and the top of the windshield is extremely small.
I wonder what the forward vision is like, looking through a slit like that.
I'm 6'6" and the visibility was pretty good but not wonderful. For people not that tall it would be good.
Thanks for sharing, must have been a great experience!
To me this Spyker is a step away from the wonderful uncompromising cars they started out with. There were some design cues that really stuck out (some of them literally) and they got 'ironed over, smoothed a little too much, taking away much of the character and moving it much closer to 'generic'.
I liked the old steering wheel too, but it wasn't going to do much for your fascial integrity in case of front impact, so a welcome change too
I have Spyker #107. Driving them is wonderful, because the C8 Spyder is 500LB lighter than my 430 Spider and, besides ABS there are no electronic overrides. No power brakes, no power steering, no traction control, no stability control etc. Driving a Spyker can be a little intimidating at first, especially the non assisted brakes. When I let other people drive, all I talk to them about is how to use the brakes.
I have put in the original propeller steering and four point seat belts (to avoid getting an imprint of the metal sttering wheel in my face).
The original C8 is a very "pure" car and is only right for car fanatics. This makes the market segment tiny. There are enough fanatics, and there are enough people with money, but the combination of the two is too rare to built enough cars.
The new Aileron is for a broader public. The non-conformist styling remains, but the car has all electronics by now, and got 250LB heavier. Next step is a more powerfull engine.
For pictures of my car see www.spykerowner.com