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.
Exterior and Interior
Looking the part of a rocket on four wheels, the Donkervoort D8 GTO epitomizes all the qualities that are earmarks of a unique sports car. The steel tubular frame is joined by large carbon composites to bring out a wicked combination of increased rigidity and ultra-light weight. Engineers of the company also used some techniques from the aviation industry that have never before been applied to a car, including the use of carbon composite on a one-piece door that comes with integrated hinges. This door is capable of withstanding a force of over 1,100 kilos/2425 lbs, all while weighing in at a remarkable 980 grams.
The car’s aluminum bonnet was also designed to become lightweight and easily operational. Even the undercarriage of the car has been extensively modified to include a front axle that has been equipped with a totally new anti-roll bar and the rear axle construction.
The interior of the two-seater D8 GTO also speaks to its real purpose as a pure-bred race car. Lush amenities were disregarded in favor of a more straight-forward approach to performance, highlighted by a fully-equipped dashboard with a special race module switch and traction control.
The first 25 models of the Donkervoort D8 GTO are powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI Audi engine that produces 340 horsepower, which can then be bumped up to 400 horsepower, thanks to the aforementioned "race module" switch, and 331 lb/ft of torque. As for the rest of the models, Donkervoort has yet to announce what kind of power train will be included in those, but the word is that it’s going to be a more "standard" version compared to what these 25 models have.
Owning a Donkervoort D8 GTO, especially these first 25 models, won’t come cheap. According to the automaker, the price range for one is goes from €100,000 ($130,000 at the current rates) all the way up to €150,000 ($195,000 at the current rates).
Even if it belongs to a pretty exclusive automotive niche, the Donkervoort D8 GTO still doesn’t lack in competitors. The Caterham Seven Super Sport doesn’t approach the vicinity of the D8 GTO’s output, but it also provides a cheaper alternative in case the latter is out of your price range.
What’s right in the D8 GTO’s wheelhouse is the KTM X-Bow R , which is powered - ironically - by an Audi sourced engine with an output of 300 horsepower. But if you really want something that can give the D8 GTO a little lesson in bottle rockets 101, the Ariel Atom is the clear choice, thanks to a top-of-the-table V8 model that produces an astonishing 500 horsepower, all for a price - $225,000 - that’s $30,000 north of the D8 GTO.
- New technology makes it light and powerful
- Straight-edge race car identity
- Performance speaks for itself
- Little models available for high-powered model
- Talk about burning holes in your pockets
- For an extra $30,000, you can spoil yourself with the Atom V8