Almost a year after it was first teased, specialist sports car builder Donkervoort Automobielen of Lelystad, Netherlands has presented the next generation of their D8 range; the GTO.
This time around, Donkervoort have chosen to use a, five cylinder 340hp 2.5 TFSI Audi motor. This makes it possible to provide either a standard 340hp model or an uprated 400hp model.
Torque tops out at 450Nm from about 1,600rpm. To access the extra power, a switch is located in the dashboard, next to a button for the traction control, another first for the D8.
Extreme performance is guaranteed thanks to a total weight of 700kg. The weight saving has been partly realised by a number of modifications to the standard Audi engine
A new intake manifold has been added which is one of the reasons Donkervoort were able to reduce the engine's weight by 30kg.
New manufacturing techniques were used for the chassis and the doors are now one-piece.
The doors can withstand crash forces of 1,500kg and the hinges are rated at 1,100kg despite the low total weight of only 980 gram.
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Production of the new car starts in 2012 with delivery in the summer. The price of the new GTO is between € 100,000 and € 150,000 excluding taxes.