March 10, 2000

Spyker C8 Laviolette unveiled at Amsterdam AutoRAI
Article Compiled by Jason Teller

The world debut of the Spyker C8 Laviolette attracted massive attention amongst the international press as the new Dutch coupé was unveiled at the Amsterdam AutoRAI 2001 today, February 6. With its glass canopy, the C8 Laviolette and its much praised sister car, the C8 Spyder, are amongst the highlights at the Amsterdam automobile exhibition.

The Spyker C8 Laviolette is the second new model to be launched in a shot space of time by the renowned Dutch make. Five months ago, the C8 Spyder stole the limelight when the open-top two-seater was introduced in Birmingham where it received a Design Award for Engineering Excellence. The 'Laviolette' name that has been given to the sleek new coupé pays tribute to the Belgian engineer Joseph Valentin Laviolette who developed the first Spyker models in the early 1900's, including the Spyker 60 HP in 1903, a racing car featuring a straight six-cylinder engine and the world's first four-wheel drive system.

Like the C8 Spyder, the C8 Laviolette is an exotic sports car which will be built to the owners specific requirements and insight. The elegant coupé, with its remarkable glass canopy reminiscent of modern jet fighter aircraft, features the uniquely styled and functional Spyker air inlets including a duct in the roof panel which feeds air into the engine bay. The C8 Laviolette mirrors to a great extent the design of the C8 Spyder. This includes technical details such as the fully adjustable stainless steel suspension as well as exclusive interior features like the aluminium design elements and the tasteful Connolly leather trim.

The Spyker C8 Laviolette and the C8 Spyder will be produced in collaboration with respected tuning company Cavallino Engineering at their new manufacturing facility in Zeewolde. Construction of the aluminium chassis will also take place in The Netherlands. Polynorm Automotive in Bunschoten is a specialist in this field. Another famous Dutch name in the automotive sector is Koni, based in Oud-Beijerland, which will supply the shock absorbers for the unique suspension layouts of both Spyker models. Highly regarded British specialist companies also play a major role in the production process. Coventry Prototype Panels will supply the aluminium body panels, while the Connolly leather upholstery is also produced in the United Kingdom.

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