Donkervoort Launches 340-HP, Audi-Powered D8 GTO
Boutique Dutch automaker Donkervoort announced its latest wild sports car: the D8 GTO. Powered by a modified Audi engine, the wild-looking GTO has already sold out half of its 25-car production run.
Donkervoort worked with Audi to co-opt a 2.5-liter inline-five TFSI engine for use in the new D8 GTO. The engine produces 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, and is 66 pounds lighter than the original Audi version, thanks to tweaks like new intake manifolds. Enthusiasts may recognize the donor engine as the heart of the Audi TT RS, which in this application is coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The company confidently predicts a 0-to-62-mph time of 3.0 seconds.
The D8 GTO's skinny, exposed-wheel design recalls other pure-bred sports cars like the Lotus/Caterham Seven. The car's frame is made from tubular steel, onto which carbon-fiber body panels are bonded. Total weight is just 1540 pounds. The new Donkervoort is 1.4 inches longer and six-tenths of an inch wider than previous models, measuring 147.2 inches long and 72.8 inches wide.
The performance-focused interior has a digital dashboard, racing steering wheel, and an array of toggle switches on the dashboard. New for the D8 GTO is a "race" switch that temporarily ups engine performance to 400 hp, as well as traction control that Donkervoort asserts is "only for when it is raining, of course."
Just 25 such cars will be built, and already half of that production run has been reserved by Donkervoort fans. Production of the D8 GTO starts next year, with the first deliveries to customers expected by summer 2012. Pricing will be between €100,000 and €150,000 ($130,000 to $195,000).