Donkervoort D8

Donkervoort D8

We’re all familiar with today’s Caterham Seven or the Lotus -badged, simpler sports car that preceded it. It’s a pure driver’s car suitable for both public roads and tracks, although it’s not exactly the vehicle you’d want to drive to work on a daily basis. However, if you need a no-nonsense sports car in your life, you can’t go wrong with the Seven.

You can have anything from a Suzuki -sourced, 660cc to a 2.0-liter Duratec engine under the hood. That gives it an output range from 80 ponies for street cruising to as much as 311 horsepower for quick laps around the track. Sure, 311 horses is quite a lot for a vehicle that weighs only 1,147 pounds, but the power-to-weight ratio can get even more ridiculous than that. All you have to do is head to Donkervoort, the Dutch shop that has been manufacturing its Seven-based sports cars since 1978.

Its latest creation, the D8 GTO, is unlike anything Donkervoort ever built. Sure, it resembles its predecessors, but things are completely different when it comes to the GTO’s shell and powerplant. Unlike other D8s, which came with either Ford or Audi four-bangers, the GTO comes with Ingolstadt’s famed 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine. Output ranges between 340 and 380 horsepower, more than anything Caterham has delivered so far. As if that wasn’t enough, the D8 GTO received a full carbon-fiber body that results in an insane 1,543-pound curb weight. This end is a power-to-weight ratio that rivals the initial Bugatti Veyron’s ratio. I’m talking about a supercar motivated by 987 ponies; is this amazing or what?

So how does a D8 GTO look, sound and run? You can find out in XCAR’s comprehensive review in the above video . Make sure you don’t miss it, you won’t be seeing one of these monsters on U.S. streets anytime soon.

The Donkervoort D8 GTO is nothing short of a riot. With its Audi -sourced, turbocharged five-cylinder engine and aggressive styling, the D8 GTO is breaking boundaries and expectations.

Now the D8 GTO is breaking more than mental and performance boundaries. Last week, the very first D8 GTOs were registered outside the European Union, as a pair of premium model GTOs found new homes and registration plates in Switzerland.

We brought you the news that the Donkervoort D8 GTO had received its small series-type approval, allowing it to be sold in the EU, Russia, Switzerland and the Gulf States, but it wasn’t until last week that the first GTOs actually made that journey.

The two new Swiss owners now own the keys to a two-seat roadster in the same track-day vein as the Lotus Seven, but thanks to that Audi engine, these monsters produce up to 400 horsepower.

To commemorate the occasion, the cars were personally delivered by Dennis Donkervoort.

Read more about Donkervoort and its D8 GTO after the jump.}

Donkervoort D8 GTO

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard from Donkervoort and its D8 GTO sports car. But good news has finally arrived for Dutch automaker, Donkervoort Automobielen, as the D8 GTO has finally received European Small Series Type Approval.

What this means is that the D8 GTO’s production can now proceed and has been scheduled to start sometime between April and May with sales expected to stretch "throughout Europe and beyond,” including EU member states, Russia, Switzerland and the Gulf States

Anybody that has waited long and hard for the D8 GTO’s arrival can now exhale, especially the 25 specially designed models that have already been sold. They should be comforted knowing that they’re going to get quite a ride in the D8 GTO, thanks to its Audi-sourced 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbo engine that develops roughly 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Those numbers translate to a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just three seconds with a top speed of 158 mph.

If anybody’s waited long enough to get a piece of those performance numbers, well, the wait is sure to be worth it and will soon be over.

Source: Donkervoort

There are a lot of things about the Netherlands that we enjoy. The milk is fantastic, the cheese is delicious, and the women, well, let’s just say that they’re true eye candies.

Now, you can add one more thing to that list: the Donkervoort D8 GTO.

First teased around the same time a year ago - took longer than expected to be revealed - the D8 GTO has finally arrived in all its fireball-ic glory. Born from the heritage of Donkervoort’s other creations - the GT and the D8 270RS , to be exact - the D8 GTO takes the reigns from its predecessors as a larger model that comes with matching performance capabilities.

The D8 GTO is the product of a collaboration between Donkervoort Automobielen and Audi Quattro GmbH and was developed for the past two-and-something years. It may have taken a while to be completed, but once you get acclimated with what the D8 GTO has to offer, you’re going to realize that the wait was well worth it.

Find out more about the Donkervoort D8 GTO after the jump.

It’s been all quiet on the Donkervoort front after the Dutch manufacturer brought out their D8 GT a couple of years ago, but they seem to be ready to come out and play with their announcement for a new D8 GTO model set to be released early next year, most likely at the future Geneva Motor Show . The GTO will be an open top version of the D8 GT and will be powered by an Audi sourced engine.

The company has already revealed a teaser image of the future car, but more details are coming in that the GTO may be built on a hybrid chassis and a carbon fiber tube frame. These are just speculations, but the concrete information is that the GTO model will be dropping the current 1.8 liter turbocharged Audi 4-cylinder engine used in the D8 GT version for another Audi engine. Donkervoort Donkervoort isn’t sure which one as of yet, but it’s possible that the same 200 HP 2.0 TFSI engine found in the Audi TT Audi TT -S may be used. Then there’s the TT-RS’ 2.5 liter five-cylinder unit with an impressive output of 340 HP that is also a possibility.

Donkervoort, the Dutch manufacturer, announced that their latest project, the D8 GT goes into production. The D8 GT was unveiled as a prototype last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

Donkervoort D8 GT enters production

The front fascia has been thoroughly overhauled, now with integrated headlamps and larger air intakes, which favors the aerodynamics of the car. The wheelbase for the D8 GT model has grown by 8 cm over the D8. The roof and the doors are entirely made of carbon, so the weight is reduced at only 650 kg.

The D8 GT production version is powered by 1.8 liter turbocharged Audi 4-cylinder engine producing 180, 210 or 270 horsepower.

It will be limited to only 50 units a year, each priced at 90,000 euro. First delivers will be ready for June 2008.

For the first time in almost 30 years of Donkervoort Donkervoort Cars company history, the brand is introducing a closed sports car. The D8 GT is delivered with the well-known Audi four cylinder turbo power source with 180, 210 or 270 brake horsepower. It’s expected that the D8 GT will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007. The Donkervoort D8 Donkervoort D8 GT is built on the same chassis as the standard D8 but this has been altered in a number of areas. The front wheel suspension is new and (...)
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