With demand high for the D8 GTO-RS, Donkervoort responds by building 25 more split among two special editions.
Apply modern knowhow to the classic Lotus Seven, and the result is the amazing creations from the Dutch masters at Donkervoort. After the original 40-unit production run of the D8 GTO-RS earlier this year, the brand has now announced a bevy of new special versions of the hardcore sports car.
Donkervoort is offering just 15 examples of the D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition. As the moniker implies, these models have feature unpainted carbon fiber components. The company doesn’t have any photos of the vehicle yet, but last year’s D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition is likely a good guide for this roadster’s menacing look.
For buyers who want absolutely no compromises, Donkervoort is also building 10 examples of the D8 GTO-RS Race Edition. These special models will take the already capable vehicle and add a non-street-legal sequential gearbox and other track-focused modifications.
The standard D8 GTO-RS is quite an impressive vehicle, even without these special editions’ extra embellishments, and sharpens the already capable D8 GTO. The RS has a new nose and other aerodynamic enhancements that produce 110 pounds (50 kilograms) on the front axle and a matching amount at the rear. It's also the first vehicle from the company to benefit from the X-Core production method that uses a foam sandwich for the carbon fiber that allows for a stronger, lighter resulting material. Power comes from Audi’s 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder with 375 horsepower (280 kilowatts). Track-spec units for the adjustable anti-lock-braking system and traction control are also available as options.
Donkervoort isn’t yet announcing prices for either special edition version of the D8 GTO-RS, but the standard version goes for 151,173 euros ($162,000 at current rates). It’s possible the extra equipment might carry a higher price. However, buyers need to be patient because anyone who orders one now needs to wait until at least January 2018 for delivery.
Gallery: Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS
Donkervoort unveils limited edition record breaker: the D8 GTO-RS
The legendary RS is back! Every bit as ambitious as its predecessor, the D8 270 RS, which drew the world’s attention when it set the lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2004 and 2006. Completely redesigned over the past three years – both in terms of design and at the technical level. The next generation Donkervoort, the ultimate record breaker. Purer yet, even more extreme and faster than ever. Meet the Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS.
Improved performance, better aerodynamics
The legendary pure sport engine of the D8 GTO-RS, the Audi 2.5L R5 TFSI, has been fully updated and meets the latest environmental requirements (EU6 emission standard). In addition – and perhaps more importantly – the engine management has been optimised, giving the engine in the RS greatly improved torque throughout the rev range. Result: even faster acceleration!
Improving the aerodynamics of a car with four open wheels is by definition ‘challenging’. Yet this challenge was one of the most important objectives during the design process of the D8 GTO-RS. This new model marks the first time Donkervoort has succeeded in creating substantial downforce. This is directly reflected in the distinctive and eye-catching styling of the GTO-RS. The new nose design, the beautifully streamlined bodywork with the completely closed carbon fibre bottom plate with side skirts, the sleekly styled and easily removable upper doors and the various small spoilers and vanes contribute to a downforce of no less than 50 kg on the front axle and 50 kg on the rear axle. Compared to the D8 GTO the air resistance has been reduced by a whopping 20 per cent. The significant aerodynamic improvements result not only in greater stability of the car at high speeds but also increased top speed.
In addition, the GTO-RS includes a première: it marks the first time Donkervoort has utilised the patented X-Core production method for carbon fibre components it developed in-house. This advanced production method, which has now also attracted the attention of other automotive manufacturers, makes the carbon components used in the RS stronger and lighter thanks to a unique foam sandwich technique. Donkervoort will soon lift a corner of the veil over this special production technique.
New features for the true race track enthusiast
The D8 GTO-RS is a Donkervoort in its purest form. For the real track day devotee the RS offers several more extra features that not only boost the lap times but the driving pleasure as well. These include the RS’s brand new suspension system and, available as an option for the speed demon, a refined, fully adjustable racing ABS and traction-control system as well as an automatic double-clutching feature.
Even more aesthetically refined and sophisticated yet more functional than ever is the new interior of the D8 GTO-RS. The eye is immediately drawn to the new visible carbon fibre bottom structure, consisting of the floor plate and tunnel. With this design element the RS interior reflects the car’s no-nonsense, high-tech character. Additional functionalities have also been added inside, some of which can be found on the steering wheel.
The D8 GTO-RS was announced as a limited edition of 40 units in early 2016. Following the announcement a large number of the available cars were sold in no time – a huge compliment. Many of these buyers expressed interested in ‘special editions’ of this already exceptional series. Donkervoort – which naturally wants to meet every customer’s individual wishes – therefore decided to expand the RS series, ahead of schedule, with a Bare Naked Carbon Edition and a Race Edition. The D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition will be limited to just 15 cars. All the carbon fibre elements of these special edition models will be left exposed so the unique, recognisable fibre structure of the material remains fully visible. Just ten of the D8 GTO-RS Race Edition will be built. This RS will be optimised for track driving, with features that include a (non-street-legal) sequential gearbox and the aforementioned lap time-enhancing track day features. Of the total series of 65 units, 42 have already been sold.
The D8 GTO-RS. Beastly, fast and ultra-lightweight. A record breaker for the track, yet equally in its element on the road as you enjoy a comfortable, relaxed ride home along your favourite scenic route accompanied by a beautiful sunset at the end of another perfect day.
Donkervoort. No Compromise.
The first D8 GTO-RS will be delivered at the end of 2016 and has a starting price of €151,173 excl. taxes. Delivery time for orders in 2016: January 2018.