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.
Donkervoort has finally revealed their new generation sports car, the D8 GTO, one 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 340 PS (250 kW / 335 bhp) in the TT-RS but in the D8 GTO up to 400 PS (395 bhp / 294 kW) with 450 Nm of torque is available.
With a weight of only 750 kg (1653 lbs), the D8 GTO runs from 0-100 km/h in 3.0 sec and has a top speed of 255 km/h (158 mph). With performance specs like that, fuel consumption is a respectable 10-12l/100 km (28.3-23.5 mpg UK).
The body is made of a carbon/aluminium/steel tubular hybrid chassis with carbon fiber/fiber glass 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.
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.
Check out the press release below for more details.