Spyker's C8 Aileron is undeniably attractive, but its powerplant leaves something to be desired. Thankfully, that's about to change.

Spyker's C8 Aileron is undeniably attractive, but its powerplant leaves something to be desired. Thankfully, the company has taken notice and is looking for something with a little more pep.

In an interview with Autoweek.nl, Spyker's communications manager revealed the company is looking for an alternative to the Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine that develops 400 hp (298 kW / 406 PS) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque. The company had planned to use the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine from the Cadillac CTS-V, but Spyker's $3 billion dollar lawsuit against General Motors has nixed this possibility.

Regardless, Sander van Dijk said the company is looking for a V8 with at least 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS). This should enable the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (187 mph).

 

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