Got $250,000 to spend on a car? Your choices just grew by one.
The feds have opened the door to the Spyker C8, a 190-mph luxury sports car from Spyker Automobielen BV of the Netherlands. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted a temporary exemption from U.S. bumper and airbag standards to get the deal done.
The company argued successfully that it can't afford to meet the standards now. But if it can sell about 150 cars in the United States during the next three years, it will have the money to build street-legal vehicles in 2008 and beyond.
Regulators, who regularly approve such exemptions for small-volume manufacturers, explained dryly: "The agency has found that the public interest is served by affording consumers a wider variety of motor vehicles."