2.6s 2016 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition Cuts 200Lbs from Chop-Top Track Rocket

DonkervoortImagine a supercar with the fundamental proportions and track manners of a Lotus Seven, but thoroughly updated in every way except altering that wild wheelbase. Yes, keep the twin bucket seats virtually atop the back axle, and keep the mid-mounted engine behind the front axle as far as possible.

But swap the floppy frame rails for a lightwieght and super strong chromoly racing frame. And lose those steel panels and retro lighting completely. While we’re at it, add a 380-hp Audi 2.5-liter turbo Ur-Quattro engine descendent.

A full exterior redesign and gangster stance thanks to a big jump in width and cut in overall windshield header height.

The result is a car with the squirmy, pivoty and wildly drifty manners of a classic track car. But on throttle, the speed and 2.8-second 100-kph sprint time of the best current supercars.

So learn this name. It is easier to fathom than Koenigsegg — and we’ve all come to love his cars too!

Along with the prestige of owning such a rare mashup of a hypercar… comes a pretty stiff price. Pounds $152,000 is the base price for the D8 GTO — and an easy $25k joining the party via the Performance trim or some of the many options.

For this all-new Bare Naked Carbon model? No price is immediately available… but $300k seems like a good ballpark for those considering this villainous retro rocket.



2016 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition

2016 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition

The Donkervoort D8 GTO family continues to grow, this time with the arrival of a brand new version: the D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition. The very first Donkervoort fully fitted with visible carbon fibre – a technique in which the unique and recognizable fibre structure of the material is exposed to view – not only accentuates the high-tech, super-fast character of the D8 GTO but also reveals a bit of its ‘dark side’. The first example of this eye catcher left the Donkervoort factory in the Netherlands this week, headed for Switzerland.

D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition
The new Bare Naked Carbon Edition emphasises the high-tech, ultra-light, super-fast nature of the D8 GTO through a unique combination of lightweight visible carbon fibre components and the powerful Audi 2.5L R5 TFSI pure sport engine.

The focus for this ‘cosmetic-only’ special edition is – you guessed it – the carbon fibre. Both the exterior and interior of this GTO consist almost entirely of this super-strong, ultra-light material. The exterior, in visible carbon fibre from nose to diffuser, gives an even more mysterious, dark look to the beautiful D8 GTO. The carbon-look is also carried through to the interior, in elements such as the seats, door panels, window frame, dashboard and door sills. Carbon fibre can be found down to the smallest details in the Bare Naked Carbon Edition – even the ignition cylinder housing, belt-and-roll bar trim and headlight housings are made of visible carbon fibre.

Every Bare Naked Carbon Edition undergoes a remarkable painting process, in which a unique UV-coating is applied to each carbon fibre component by hand, in either a matte or gloss finish, or even with a colour accent of the owner’s choosing. The use of visible carbon fibre components, rather than a traditional colour paint system, also results in several kilos of weight savings.









Technical specs

The culmination of over 35 years of Donkervoort has led to the extremely brutal D8 GTO. With nearly 400 bhp at less than 700 kilograms a rocket that roars from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.
Power380bhpat 5500 rpm
Acceleration2,8seconds0-100 km/h


Touring Performance
Mounting Front, 5 cylinders in line Front, 5 cylinders in line
Capacity 2480 cc 2480 cc
Bore 82,5 mm 82,5 mm
Stroke 92,8 mm 92,8 mm
Maximum Power 340 bhp / 254 kw at 5400 rpm 380 bhp / 280 kw at 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque 450 Nm at 2000 rpm 475 Nm at 1750 rpm
Compression Ratio 10,0 : 1 10,0 : 1
Top Speed 255 km/h 270 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3,3 sec. 2,8 sec.
Acceleration 0-200 km/h 10,4 sec. 8,6 sec.
Average fuel consumption 8-10 L /100 km 8-10 L /100 km
Fuel tank capacity 48 L 48 L
CO2 emission 178 g/km 178 g/km



Touring Performance
Propulsion Rear wheels Rear wheels
Gearbox type 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
Gearbox ratios 2.95:1 (I), 1,94:1 (II), 1,34:1 (III), 1,00:1 (IV), 0,80:1 (V), reverse 2.76:1, final drive 3,62:1 2.95:1 (I), 1,94:1 (II), 1,34:1 (III), 1,00:1 (IV), 0,80:1 (V), reverse 2.76:1, final drive 3,62:1
Differential type Limited Slip Differential Torsen Limited Slip Differential


Body & Chassis

Touring Performance
Body Carbon fiber/ kevlar Light weight carbon fiber/ kevlar
Chassis Carbon/aluminium/steel tubular hybrid chassis Carbon/aluminium/steel tubular hybrid chassis
Doors 2 2
Seats 2 2

Rims & Tires

Touring Performance
Wheels Forged alloy 8×17″ front, forged alloy 8×17″ rear Forged alloy 8×17″ front, forged alloy 9×18″ rear
Tires – Front 225/45 x 17″ 225/45 x 17″
Tires – Rear 235/40 x 17″ or 245/40 x 18″ 245/40 x 18″ or 245/45 x 18″


Touring Performance
Front Independent by double wishbones Independent by double wishbones, separate anti-roll bar (12 mm, adjustable)
Rear Independent by double wishbones and trailing arms Independent by double wishbones and trailing arms (wide base)
Springs Coil springs Coil springs
Shock absorbers Three-way adjustable Three-way adjustable Anti Roll Control (ARC-) System including ride height adjustment


Touring Performance
Steering Rack and pinion, no servo Rack and pinion, no servo
Turns 3,4 lock to lock 2,7 lock to lock
Turn circle 11,8 m 11,8 m


Touring Performance
Brakes Ventilated (24mm thickness) discs, 6-pistons calipers front and separate simplex piston system rear Light weight (20mm thickness) ventilated discs, 6-pistons calipers front and rear with separate hand brake system
Front Six piston calipers Six piston calipers
Rear Simplex piston system Six piston calipers, separate handbrake caliper

Dimensions & Weight

Touring Performance
Length 3740 mm 3740 mm
Width 1850 mm 1850 mm
Height 1140 mm 1140 mm
Wheel base 2350 mm 2350 mm
Track of front axle 1515 +/- 10 mm 1515 +/- 10 mm
Track of rear axle 1585 +/- 10 mm 1585 +/- 10 mm
Weight ± 730 kg ± 695 kg




















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