The Baddest Carmaker You've Probably Never Heard Of

Say hallo to Donkervoort and the D8 GTO-RS

By Evan Bleier

 
The Baddest Carmaker You've Probably Never Heard Of
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11 May 2016

Unless you stay up watching foreign automotive programming on The Ocho every night, you probably don’t know which automaker broke Nordschleife speed records in 2004 and 2006.

If you do: get out more.

For everyone else: the answer is Donkervoort.

The Dutch carmaker is hoping to conquer the track in Nürburgring once again, with its new D8 GTO-RS, set to be released at the end of the summer.

Building off what its predecessor was able to accomplish in ‘04 and ‘06, the revamped D8 GTO-RS is completely made-to-measure with an aerodynamic body, redeveloped braking system and carbon-fiber tunnel section.

Although Donkervoort hasn’t announced specs on just what the car’s Bosch-modified Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine can accomplish, older GTO models boasted up to 380 HP and 0-60 times of 2.8 seconds, and the “lap time-enhancing features” of this model should lead to it outpacing those numbers.  

Described as the “lightest and fastest GTO ever built,” the D8 GTO-RS is designed for the track but is also completely street legal and compliant with EU6 emissions standards.

Donkervoort plans to produce 40 of the limited-edition roadsters, and pricing starts right around $175k. If you’re interested, get moving, because 21 of ‘em are already spoken for.

Don’t forget to say dank je.

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