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Donkervoort D8 GTO revealed

Using Audi's TT-RS engine with the wick turned up...

Donkervoort has today revealed their new generation sports car, the D8 GTO, a full year after releasing their Christmas card teaser image.

In close collaboration with Audi's high performance subsidiary, Quattro GmbH, Donkervoort has taken the new 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo engine from the Audi TT-RS and implanted it into their minimalist D8 sports car. Normally the 2.5-liter produces 335 bhp in the TT-RS but in the D8 GTO up to 395 bhp with 450 Nm of torque is available.

With a weight of only 750 kg the D8 GTO runs from 0-62 mph in 3.0 sec and has a top speed of 158 mph. With performance specs like that, fuel consumption is actually quite respectable at 23.5-28.3 mpg.

The body is made of a carbon/aluminium/steel tubular hybrid chassis with carbon fibre/GRP  body panels and comes in a larger size than its predecessors, the closed GT and the open D8 270RS. The GTO is approximately 35 cm (13.8 in) longer and 15 cm (6 in) wider as a result of the longitudinally mounted five cylinder Audi engine. Donkervoort says the GTO is a brand new design as it only share 5 percent of its parts with the D8 270RS and about 30 percent with the GT and therefore is considered a new generation vehicle.

The Donkervoort is a Caterham-alike vehicle, but has always gone against the grain in offering their cars in a closed body style unlike Caterham whose cars are open top roadsters with a makeshift roof for when you get caught in the rain. The D8 GTO is a roadster though, with a hardtop available.

Production of 25 "specially designed" units begins in the Spring 2012 with first deliveries in the summer. Already half of these special models have been claimed by Donkervoort's best clients. Production of the "regular" versions are expected on European roads starting in 2013. The price of the new GTO is between €100,000 and €150,000 excluding taxes.

Images and video courtesy of Donkervoort

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more