Donkervoort calls it the world’s first 2G production car

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Those familiar with the work of Dutch outfit Donkervoort know that the company borders on the extreme with its go-fast machines. In fact, there’s no better preacher to that creed than the D8 GTO-JD70, an anniversary edition that honors the founder of Donkervoort, Joop Donkervoort, who just turned 70.

What makes the D8 GTO-JD70 so special?

  • delivers 2G lateral acceleration
  • weighs less than 700 kilos (1,543 pounds)
  • 415 horsepower from an Audi Sport 2.5-liter turbo-five
  • 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 2.7 seconds
  • 0-200 kph (124 mph) in 7.7 seconds
  • top speed of 280 kph (174 mph)
  • first Donkervoort ever to offer power steering (optional)
  • only 70 cars are to be built
2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70
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Besides its celebratory purposes, the D8 GTO-JD70 was developed to atone to the demands of those who like a zesty Sunday drive as well as track nuts.

At the same time, this is the first car to leave Donkervoort’s workshops with a power steering setup, which customers can specify from the optional features list. We’re also told that the setup is sourced “from the world of racing”.

On to more juicy details, the 2.5-liter (2,480 cubic centimeters) inline-five engine sourced from Audi Sport cranks out 415 horsepower in the 5,850-7,000 rpm bracket and 520 Newton-meters of torque between 1,750 and 6,350 rpm. That’s 15 horsepower over the likes of Audi RS3 and TT RS, at a much lower weight.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 specifications
Engine 2.5-liter inline-five
Horsepower 415 HP @ 5,850-7,000 RPM
Torque 384 LB-FT @ 1,750 - 6,350 RPM
0-100 kph (62 mph) 2.7 seconds
0-200 kph (124 mph) 7.7 seconds
Top speed 280 kph (174 mph)
Weight 700 kilos (1,543 lbs)
Transmission Tremec five-speed

The powerplant mates to a to a close-ratio five-speed gearbox with internal bits and bobs provided by Tremec, but the overall transmission has been tweaked and re-engineered for optimum harmony with the engine.

2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70
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On top of those features, the D8 GTO-JD70 gets three-way adjustable Intrax dampers on each wheel, custom coil springs, as well as adjustable front/rear anti-roll bars.

Obviously, these will appeal to the weekend track heroes, as will the Tarox brake setup and the Nankang AR-1 tires (235/45 17 in the front, 245/40 18 in the rear) said to offer more mid-corner grip. Oh, and the rims are made of carbon fiber, just like the transmission tunnel.

Any changes to the body?

2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70
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Yes, quite a few. The exhaust has been moved to the side, so Donkervoort used this newfound space to tweak the GTO-JD70’s downforce in the rear. A second diffuser adds 80 kilos (176 pounds) of downforce on the rear axle, while the front axle is pressed with 50 more kilos (110 pounds) of downforce generated by the redesigned nose and newly-added louvers in the wheel covers.

On top of those, Donkervoort offers a series of add-ons for customers who decide they still want the GTO-JD70 but can’t really move away from the comfort they’ve been used to. In that regard, the customisation and comfort offer includes the likes of:

  • interior design package
  • wind deflector on the window frame to reduce cabin turbulence
  • lightweight A/C unit
  • rearview camera
  • two alarm systems
  • Xenon headlights

Price and final word

2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70
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Donkervoort plans to build just 70 GTO-JD70s and they won’t come cheap. You can get yours for just a nick under $185,000 (€163,000), and that’s before taxes and delivery fees. The good news, though, is that deliveries have officially kicked off on June 11, 2020, so the waiting time shouldn’t be too long.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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