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2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70

2020 Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70

Niche Dutch automaker is looking to make a statement with a dandy special edition sports car

Lightweight sports car manufacturer Donkervoort is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founder, Joop Donkervoot, by releasing the D8 GTO-JD70, a limited edition version of the D8 GTO that the automaker says is capable of pulling “more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners, even in its standard trim and on its standard tires.” As exciting as that sounds, not everyone will get the chance to own the D8 GTO-JD70. Production is limited to just 70 units with each model priced at €163,636 before taxes. That converts to around $182,000 based on current exchange rates. Those lucky enough to score one of the 70 available units will get their hands on their limited edition rides beginning in the spring of 2020.

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2017 Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS Special Editions

2017 Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS Special Editions

Dutch automaker promises improved importance with these two SE models

The Netherlands isn’t exactly the first place you look to if you’re in the market for a sports car. But even if the country isn’t particularly known for building and developing hell-raising performance models, the Dutch sports car cupboard isn’t completely barren. That’s thanks in part to Donkervoort, the Lelystand-based manufacturer of authentic and ultra lightweight sports cars. Donkervoort isn’t a big automaker by any means; it’s model lineup consists of just the D8 GTO. But where it lacks in model variety, it more than makes up for with the D8 GTO-RS, a souped up version of the open-wheel sports car that packs improved performance characteristics.

The D8 GTO-RS is limited to just 40 units, but given the overwhelmingly positive reception of the car, Donkervoort decided to expand the range with a pair of special edition versions, namely the D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition and the D8 GTO-RS Race Edition.

Both models come in extremely limited numbers as the Bare Naked Edition will be limited to just 15 units while the Race Edition will only have 10 units available. Each variant will also come with features unique to itself, hence the decision to differentiate one variant from the other.

The good news is that both the Bare Naked Edition and the Race Edition are D8 GTO-RS models at heart. That means that, among other things, they come with a tuned version of Audi’s 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine. The Dutch automaker didn’t say how much power these SE D8 GTO-RS models have at their disposal, but considering that the five-cylinder is capable of producing 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, it wouldn’t be impossible for both models to have similar numbers.

Whatever the case may be, these two special edition D8 GTO-RS units are performance cars at their core. That should be more than enough to convince people of their capabilities in and out of the race track.

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2017 Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS

2017 Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS

The ultimate DB GTO

Introduced in 1957, the iconic Lotus Seven was rebadged as a Caterham in 1973, when newly founded Caterham Cars purchased the rights to the design. The British firm continued to improve the model, making it both lighter and more powerful, but the styling has remained practically unchanged over the last four decades. However, there is one company that has completely redesigned the old Lotus Seven, giving it a more modern appearance and a turbocharged engine. It goes by the name Donkervoort, it is based in the Netherlands, and has been making Seven-based sports cars since 1978.

Donkervoort’s latest iteration is called the D8 GTO. Launched in 2013 with an Audi-sourced engine that can deliver as much as 380 PS (375 horsepower), the GTO has spawned many special-edition models in three years, and it’s set to receive three versions by the end of 2016, one of which is the GTO-RS. Described as the "ultimate D8 GTO," the RS will not only feature redesigned front and rear ends, but it will also be slightly larger and more powerful than any other Donkervoort unleashed to date.

Details are scarce as of this writing and specific information will probably be announced closer to its launch this summer, but Donkervoort has released photos of the GTO-RS and is already taking orders for the new sports car. Find out more about it below and stay tuned for updates.

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2016 Donkervoort D8 GTO 1000 Miglia Edition

2016 Donkervoort D8 GTO 1000 Miglia Edition

When Colin Chapman built the Lotus Seven in 1957, he basically invented the no-nonsense, super-lightweight, road-legal sports car concept. Decades later, Caterham bought the rights to the car and took the Seven to the next level by making it even lighter and faster. However, there’s a certain company that has taken the concept to new heights in terms of technology and horsepower. It’s called Donkervoort and it’s famous for building some of the most extreme Sevens since the late 1970s. The Dutch brand is still at it and its latest product is dubbed the D8 GTO 1000 Miglia Edition. Unfortunately, we can’t have it here in the U.S.

As the name suggests, it is based on the 2012 Donkervoort D8 GTO, Donkervoort’s newest and most powerful Seven-based sports car. Also, it’s a tribute to the Mille Miglia, the famous open-road endurance race which took place in Italy 24 times between 1927 and 1957.

Donvervoort’s tribute car might seem a bit silly given the Dutch brand has never been part of the race, but there’s nothing wrong with celebrating one of the world’s most grueling and popular motorsport events. The decision to build the 1000 Miglia Edition is actually related to the fact that the D8 GTO was invited to act as the official support car at this year’s Mille Miglia Storica, which brought together numerous classic race cars.

To celebrate what it describes as a "milestone," Donkervoort created a bespoke D8 GTO for a grand touring-like experience rather than extreme performance.

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2015 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition

2015 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition

Dutch sports-car manufacturer Donkervoort has unveiled a new special edition of its D8 GTO, and it boasts a curb weight under 1,500 pounds, hits 60 mph under three seconds, and looks like Darth Vader’s personal track transport. It’s called the Bare Naked Carbon edition, and it’s an even more insane take on the high-end street-legal circuit machines we’ve seen from the automaker in the past. 

While Donkervoort has used carbon fiber extensively in previous models, the Bare Naked edition is almost purely composed of the composite material. It’s the kind of direction you’d expect from Donkervoort, given the company’s obsession with cutting weight and simplifying design. Only the best bits for creating low lap times remain on the car, each done with meticulous attention to detail. It’s the sort of philosophy that redefines the meaning of superfluous.

For over 36 years, Donkervoort has been hand-building cars with the ethos of “no nonsense and no compromise.” So what’s that mean when aerospace-grade carbon fiber is treated like common printer paper? Read on the find out.

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2015 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition

2015 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition

Donkervoort’s latest offering in terms of ultra-lightweight sports cars was the 2012 D8 GTO, arguably the most impressive model to ever come out of the Dutch factory’s gates. Largely based on the D8 GT, the super sports model is powered by the awesome-sounding inline-five from the Audi TT-RS and RS3 that offers between 340 and 380 horsepower while only needing to move roughly 1,500 pounds of vehicle. With Donkervoort celebrating the fact that it recently opened a new facility in Germany, right in the heart of the Bilster Berg Drive Resort, the Dutch carmaker will manufacture a limited-edition D8 GTO dubbed the Bilster Berg Edition.

Just 14 examples of the D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition will be made, a number that Donkervoort says represents the success the company had in 2014. The model, which was developed on the Bilster Berg circuit itself and earned the best lap time on the circuit, features a number of updates compared to the regular model. In theory, this should make it the top-of-the-range model in an otherwise petite lineup.

Updated 01/06/2015: After a first teaser image revealed last week, Donkervoort released the official specs and details on the D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition. Click past the jump for the full details.

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2012 Donkervoort D8 GTO

2012 Donkervoort D8 GTO

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.

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2006 Donkervoort D8 270 RS

2006 Donkervoort D8 270 RS

At first sight a Donkervoort may look like just another Lotus Seven clone, but closer inspection will reveal that there is much more to the cycle fendered sportscar. All cars are hand built in a small facility in The Netherlands to high quality standards rarely found on the kit-cars constructed on the British side of the North Sea. The build quality is matched by the chassis’ excellent road holding and a choice of powerful four cylinder engines.
After using Ford (Cosworth) engines for many (...)

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