How much performance do you expect from a $200,000+ supercar? It’s the kind of question most of us will never have an opportunity to answer, though we can sort of put things into perspective. See, most supercars these days have at least 500 horsepower on tap; anything less seems almost pedestrian, especially considering that cars like the Chevy Camaro can crank out 426 horsepower for around $30,000.
Dutch supercar maker Spyker, which builds cars like the $220,000 C8 Aileron, has had a bit of a performance issue; its current crop of engines make a comparatively paltry 405 horsepower. Motor Authority reports that Spyker was in talks with GM to prove a much more potent powerplant, but a new lawsuit against the General could jeopardize that.
GM already sells its top-notch LSx engines to other supercar consortiums, and a 638 horsepower LS9 engine would certainly liven up the Spyker C8. Spyker reportedly even went so far as to test a 556 horsepower LSA engine in the C8, which we are sure would put a smile on any customer’s face.
But a deal for the GM engines could be dead in the water, as Spyker recently filed a massive $3 billion lawsuit against GM. See, Spyker is the company that ended up with Saab after GM ditched the Swedish brand. Spyker alleges that GM purposely blocked a deal between Saab and Chinese automaker Youngman-Lotus that would have saved the Swedish automaker. For its part, GM probably didn’t want any of its technology to end up in an opposing Chinese company’s hands (GM has a joint partnership with another Chinese automaker, SAIC).
We think it is safe to say that GM probably won’t want to sell Spyker any engines after getting slapped with a $3 billion lawsuit. We wonder where the Dutch supercar maker will turn next?