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Spyker Gets Back on Track

With the Saab bankruptcy behind it, it's time for Spyker to get back to what it does best: producing finely-crafted luxury GTs.

It's been a rough ride for Spyker these past few years. The Dutch niche automaker briefly ran its own F1 team, and more ambitiously tried to make a go of running Saab. But with both of those ventures now behind it, Spyker is looking towards the future with more reasonable ambitions in mind. Those plans center primarily around the C8, a model which initially launched way back in 2000. After revising the C8 several times along the way, Spyker released the substantially redesigned C8 Aileron in 2009.

With an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8, sharper lines and a more accommodating cabin, the Aileron was built with expanded sales in mind. Production has since moved to the UK, where the Aileron and its unsurpassedly finely-detailed cabin - with machine-turned aluminum trim, quilted leather and exposed shifter linkage - is being geared up to surpass the 94 cars Spyker sold at its peak in 2006. With investment from Chinese concern Youngman, Spyker is also offering a convertible version in the C8 Aileron Spyder, and could finally put the D8/D12 Paris-to-Peking Super Sport-Utility Vehicle into production.

With Lamborghini, Bentley and Maserati all preparing to branch into the high-end luxury performance SUV market, the D8 might find its way into an expanded but more competitive market. For now, though, the C8 Aileron and Spyder are where it's at for Spyker. Whether it can make a better go of those models than it did in F1 or with Saab, however, remains to be seen.

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