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Mike Stevens | Aug 17, 2009

THE SPYKER C8 AILERON was first revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March, and now the convertible version has debuted at the 2009 Pebble Concours d'Elegance.

The model shown over the weekend is officially regarded as a prototype, but the production version of the C8 Aileron Spyder is expected to debut in the first half of 2010.

Sitting on a longer wheelbase than its hardtop sibling, the C8 Aileron Spyder is set apart by its electric/hydraulic semi-automatic canvas roof with a glass rear window.

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In its retracted position, the roof is stored beneath an aluminium tonneau. The cover features two Hulshof leather-upholstered buttresses and the company's motto - "Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via" (For The Tenacious, No Road Is Impassable) - emblazoned along the side.

A classic luggage rack, machined from solid aluminium, is mounted behind the roll hoops.

Weighing in at 1425kg, the C8 Aileron Spyder draws power from the same Audi-sourced 4.2 litre V8 found in the hardtop, developing 298kW and 480Nm of torque.

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The rear-wheel-drive Spyder's V8 is mated to either a Getrag six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic ZF transmission.

Top speed is 296km/h, with the 0-96km (0-60mph) sprint covered in 4.5 seconds.

Braking duties are managed by AP Racing discs and calipers, with carbon ceramic discs available as an option. Handling is managed by independent double-wishbone suspension, front and rear.

The C8 Aileron Spyder features a Kharma audio system, with GPS navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and MP3 playback.

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Pricing for the convertible C8 Aileron is expected to be revealed closer to the production car's launch date in 2010.

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