Production will be limited to 40 units.
Following a preview earlier this year, Donkervoort has officially unveiled the new D8 GTO-RS.
Set to be introduced this summer, the D8 GTO-RS is described as the ultimate D8 GTO as it is "meaner, more extreme, and slightly larger in size" than the standard model. The high-performance roadster also features a revised grille and improved aerodynamics.
Moving onto the interior, drivers will find themselves surrounded by premium leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim, and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.
Power is provided by an Audi-sourced 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that features an optimized engine management system that was created with the assistance of Bosch. The company declined to release performance specifications but said drivers can expect better acceleration and increased driving comfort. Donkervoort went on to say the partnership with Bosch has led to the development of several other lap time-enhancing features including launch control and a double-clutch function.
On the topic of performance, the D8 GTO-RS has been equipped with a new suspension, a high-performance braking system, and a wider track that promises to improve grip.
Production will be limited to 40 units and pricing starts at $173,826 (€151,173). That's certainly not cheap but that hasn't dissuaded buyers as Donkervoort was already received orders for 21 cars.
Gallery: Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS
Sneak Preview – Donkervoort releases first pictures D8 GTO-RS
A step further, a step bigger, a step more extreme…! At the beginning of the year, the outside world was given a first ‘dark’ look at the Donkervoort D8 GTO-S, D8 GTO-RS as well as the D8 GTO-R planned for the end of this year. But the veil is being lifted slowly. Donkervoort is now proud to share the first glimpses of the beautiful D8 GTO-RS scheduled for introduction at the end of the summer.
Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS | The return of a legend…
The legendary RS is back! And its ambitions are just as great as those of its predecessor, which drew the world’s attention when it set the lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2004 and 2006.
This will be the ultimate D8 GTO! Completely redesigned over the past two years – both in terms of design and at the technical level. Even meaner, more extreme and slightly larger in size. This is clear at a glance from the design of the nose and front end: the GTO-RS has an even wilder look in its eyes.
Lots of work was also put into the improved aerodynamics, and the engine management of the Audi 2.5L R5 TFSI was optimised with the assistance of long-term partner Bosch for even more acceleration power and driving comfort. In addition to the EU6 application, the collaboration with Bosch also led to several other lap time-enhancing features, such as launch control and a double-clutch function.
Thanks to a new suspension, the GTO-RS has a wider track width, benefits of which include a stronger grip on the front axle. The brake system was also completely redeveloped.
Even more aesthetically refined, higher quality, with greater technical and functional performance; this is also reflected in the new interior of the D8 GTO-RS. Still fully made-to-measure. Also new: the RS is fitted with a carbon fibre tunnel section.
Mind you, despite all these options designed to provide the ultimate and most extreme performance, the D8 GTO-RS remains a completely street-legal sports car with associated comfort level. The lightest and fastest GTO ever built!
The D8 GTO-RS will be introduced in the summer of 2016 as a limited edition of 40 cars and has a starting price of €151,173 excl. taxes. So far, already 21 units have been sold among the Donkervoort Ambassadors in the pre-sale period.