Joop Donkervoort is 70 years old, and his automobile manufacturing company is marking the milestone with a new flagship vehicle, the Donkervoort D8 GTO. This new vehicle from the Dutch specialty marque comes with plenty of performance upgrades—enough so that the company claims it can pull “more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners, even in its standard trim and on its standard tires.”
That claim might just be accurate. The D8 is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-five engine from Audi, which has been modified to deliver 415 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Donkervoort also completely rebuilt the exhaust with a new catalyst system and software developed by Bosch that features downshift and full-throttle upshift mode. The engine connects to a five-speed manual gearbox that has a limited-slip differential. The suspension was stiffened and now includes adjustable anti-roll bars on each corner. Three-way adjustable shock absorbers provide a smoother ride and help to dial in on cornering.
The body of the D8 was also addressed, improving aerodynamics by redesigning the nose and creating a new design for the wheels. These changes created more downforce to the tune of 176 pounds at the rear axle and 110 pounds on the front. The use of carbon fiber, as well as a lighter battery and carbon-fiber seats, brings the car’s weight down to below 1,542 pounds. Donkervoort promises that the D8 “will be suitable for both the road and the racetrack.”
Donkervoort’s D8 GTO is “a supercar for people who ache for the days of heightened senses and utter purity of unfiltered driving experiences, allowing drivers to form an unshakeable bond with their machines.” If you’re looking to make that kind of a bond with your car, you can expect to pay about $182,000. Only 70 examples of this car will be made, and delivery will start in the spring of 2020.