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.
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 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-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.
Fresh off of an excellent season in the Dutch GT4 series Donkervoort Racing has announced that they plan to bring the D8 GT racing car to its very first endurance race run twice around the clock next January when they compete in the 2010 24 Hours of Dubai. The tube frame race car complete with carbon fiber bodywork has already proven itself in competition and is expected to do quite well at the event.
However, in order to ensure that the D8 doesn’t run itself out of the competition, Donkervoort Racing has revised the brake and fuel systems for the endurance race. Meanwhile the race car will become a bit more competitive thanks to a new rear diffuser that will provide a little more downforce for the lightweight racer. The Donkervoort Racing team has high hopes for he upcoming 24 Hour race in Dubai on January 14, 15 and 16 at the out of this world Dubai Autodrome. As a special treat for their fans, the sports car builder is extending an invitation to all owners and dealers so that they may join them at the event, however they haven’t forgotten about the folks who make things possible back at the factory in Lelystad, so they have also arranged for a very special television viewing for the hometown audience.
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.
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 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.
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Donkervoort is going to unveil the D8 GT at Geneva Motor Show in 2007. Like the D8 Roadster the GT Coupe is powered by Audi’s 1.8T 20V engine delivering 180, 210 and 270 hp.
The D8 GT is 30 cm langer than the D8 Roadster. It will feature the same ultralight chassis and suspension components, but will come with an aero kit of carbon-fiber diffusers.
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