The new Donkervoort D8 GTO will be longer and wider than the company’s other models, and despite its similar appearance, it simply shares around 5% of its parts with the D8 270 RS and with regards to 30% with the much more recent GT. Your D8 GTO is also significantly far more powerful than Donkervoort’s other models. Thanks with a modified Audi TT RS 2.5 litre TFSI powerplant, the D8 GTO offers way up to 400 horsepower and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm) regarding torque. And when you take into account that the D8 GTO weighs an anorexic 700 kgs (One,540 lbs), then the cars overall performance potential becomes very clear indeed.
Joop Donkervoort, the company’s founder, commented on the limited edition upgrade:
“This weight savings is obtained by redesigning several accessory parts of the motor together with the Audi technicians. For example, amongst others a new intake manifold was developed. Because the intake follows a more favourable route through the motor area it is not only lighter, but has a favourable effect on the achievements of the motor as well. The dashboard in this design of the GTO is equipped with a special race module switch, which can increase the capacity from 340 to 400 HP at once. Connected to this is another Donkervoort novelty: the first car from Lelystad that has ‘traction control’ on board. Only for when it is raining of course.”
To hold the weight straight down, the D8 GTO is fitted together with carbon composite body panels. Amazingly the one-piece doors weigh less when compared with a kilo (2.A couple of lbs), yet they can withstand any sideways impact of 1,500 kgs (Three or more,300 lbs). The styling is built to be more functional as compared to beautiful, yet there’s even now a few well thought out touches, similar to the angled headlights and neatly integrated roll bar. The combination of the sinister slit similar to headlights and fangs of the grille offer the car a good unmistakable snake-like appearance when viewed from the front. Donkervoort repeat the first D8 GTOs will be delivered by the summer season of 2012. Pre-tax prices begin at €100,000, and they keep planning all the way to €150,000 – depending on how many options boxes tend to be ticked.