When Donkervoort Automobielen BV unveiled its Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS limited edition in May 2016, customer interest has been so overwhelming that the Lelystad, Netherlands-based carmaker sold out this one-of-a-kind vehicle in a very short time. It was not surprising though, since Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS is the successor of the D8 270 RS that managed to set one of the fastest lap records at record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7 minutes and 14.9 seconds.
As a reaction to the huge demand for D8 GTO-RS limited edition, Donkervoort eventually moved to expand the RS series ahead of schedule. In effect, 25 more Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS limited editions will be offered to the public. These 25 special versions will be available in two variants -- D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition and the D8 GTO-RS Race Edition. The Donkervort D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition will be available in just 15 examples and as its name well indicates, its carbon fiber components are left exposed or unpainted.
On the other hand, the D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Race Edition will be available in 10 examples. As its moniker tells us, it will be tweaked to be suitable to be raced on the track. Tweaks include the installation of the non-street-legal sequential gearbox as well as track day elements that could help it improve its lap times while enhancing its driving pleasure. These track day elements include a brand new suspension system and the optional automatic double-clutching feature as well as a fully adjustable racing ABS and traction-control system.
Both the D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition and the D8 GTO-RS Race Edition are powered by an updated 2.5-liter TFSI 5-cylinder turbocharged Audi engine that could provide up to 375 hp (280 kW) of max output and 450Nm of torque. This engine -- already compliant with EU6 regulations – has been optimized to deliver better levels of torque throughout the entire rev range. In terms of aerodynamics, the new Donkervort D8 GTO-RS is more than excellent. It comes with a new nose design, removable upper doors, a streamlined body, a completely closed carbon fiber bottom plate with side skirts, and a number of small spoiler and vanes – all of which help deliver 50 kilograms (110 lbs) of downforce on the front, and same amount on the rear. These aerodynamic improvements also reduced the air resistance on the D8 GTO-RS by 20 percent compared to the D8 GTO. Overall, the enhancements made on the D8 GTO-RS make it more stable at high speeds and cruise faster than the D8 GTO.
Interested customers may want to call up Donkervoort as soon as they can as the order book for both the D8 GTO-RS Bare Naked Carbon Edition and the D8 GTO-RS Race Edition is getting filled up. At a base price of €151,173 -- excluding taxes – the first batch of the D8 GTO-RS is bound to reach its new owners this December. Those who ordered the D8 GTO-RS this year could take delivery of their rides as early as January 2018.