Special edition roadster speaks to carbon fiber lovers

The Donkervoort D8 is not everyone’s cup of tea, but those who do find the retro-styled, road-legal roadster saucy will be thrilled to know that the company’s new flagship model, the D8 GT0-JD70, has a special edition alter ego called the Bare Naked Carbon Edition. As its name so eloquently states, the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition is defined by all the bare carbon fiber that you can see all over its body. There are options on how you want your special edition D8 GTO-JD70, but all options revolve around the central carbon fiber theme of the model. Visually, the D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition looks splendid in carbon fiber. But the model’s uniqueness is defined by more than just its aesthetic design; the use of carbon fiber also reduces the model’s overall weight, making it more sprightly than your typical range-topping D8 GTO-JD70. Only 70 units of the special edition D8 GTO-JD70 will be built. Pricing starts at €163,636.36, and that’s before taxes kick in. Over half of all units are spoken for, and, unfortunately, none of these bad boys are headed to the U.S. market.

Why did Donkervoort decide to build the Bare Naked Carbon Edition?

The answer to that question is tied to the new D8 GTO-JD70, which Donkervoort unveiled last month as its new flagship model to celebrate the 70th birthday of company founder Joop Donkervoort. Not content with rolling out a new flagship model, Donkervoort decided to commemorate the launch of the D8 GTO-JD70 by offering the special edition Bare Naked Carbon Edition for those who want to have some personalization fun with the company’s new range-topping model.

What’s so special about the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition?

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The special edition Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 is dressed to impress in carbon fiber. Of course, the carbon fiber alone doesn’t make the BNCE a rare breed. Donkervoort is also offering two lacquer options — clear and “colored clear” — with four levels of carbon fiber exposure. Opt for the clear lacquer, and the carbon fiber is essentially exposed, or “naked,” as Donkervort prefers to call it.

Blankets of carbon fiber covering targeted areas of the roadster’s body can also be had as part of the Exposed Carbon Upgrade. From the tip of the nose to the side panels that stretch from the front of the engine to the doors, there’s enough carbon fiber in the D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition to justify its billing.

You can also opt for the Hypercar Carbon Weave for Carbon upgrade that uses a different carbon fiber weave on the panels to reduce weight even more than the other upgrade.
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If you want the full Bare Naked Carbon Edition experience, you can opt for the Full-Exposed Carbon upgrade, which shows the special edition D8 GTO-JD70 in full carbon. Not only does this upgrade reduce the roadster’s weight on a significant level, but it also comes with specific color options meant to accentuate the carbon fiber look. Pick your poison among these colors — green, red, gold, and gray — and you can avail them in either matte or high-gloss finish.

From a visual perspective, the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 checks all the boxes of a true special edition piece. The ability to choose the amount to carbon fiber you want is a nice personalization touch, as I’m sure not everyone can handle a car that’s dressed entirely in carbon.

Are there any engine upgrades in the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70?

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Sadly, there aren’t any. That said, I don’t think it’s a smart idea to add more power to a car that weighs just 1,530 pounds as the D8 GTO-JD70 does.

The special edition roadster is powered by the same Audi-sourced 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 413 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

A five-speed manual transmission sends power to the two rear wheels, enabling the D8 GTO-JD70 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Mind you, that’s the standard D8 GTO-JD70. With the lighter BNCE, don’t be surprised if it can cover the same ground in around 2.6 seconds. Do you still want an engine upgrade program?

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

Final Thoughts

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Don’t be fooled by the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70. It may not look the part of a terror on four wheels, but it’s capable of serious performance capabilities. Take this for data: the D8 GTO-JD70 is faster to 60 mph than established supercars like the Ferrari F8 Tributo (2.9 seconds) and the Lamborghini Aventador (2.9 seconds). Consider, too, that the Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition should be lighter than the standard D8 GTO-JD70, and you’re talking about a special edition model that’s capable of performance capabilities that are beyond comprehension. All the carbon fiber you get with the special edition D8 GTO-JD70 looks like a vanity play from Donkervoort, but it’s really more than that. A lot more than that.

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    • Definitely not for everyone
    • Priced really high
    • Not available in the U.S.
Kirby Garlitos
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