The 'Supercar Killing' Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Is a Crazy-Fast Coupe

This head-turning Dutch speedster can do 0-60 in under three seconds.
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Donkervoort may be a goofy-sounding name for an automotive marque, but the brand's high-octane machines are all business when it comes to going ridiculously fast. 

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The Dutch sports car manufacturer announced the new D8 GTO-JD70, a limited-edition version of its flagship vehicle that serves as a 70th birthday present to company founder Joop Donkervoort. 

Billed as a "supercar killer," the JD70 still runs a five-speed manual transmission and a Audi Sport 2.5-liter, five-cylinder, but the engine has been tuned to produce 415 horsepower, up from 380 hp.

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That may not sound like particularly impressive output until you consider that the roadster, which boasts a body made almost entirely of carbon fiber and a weight-saving lithium-on battery, tips the scales at less than 1,500 pounds. Performance stats have yet to be announced, but logic would dictate that it'll hit 62 mph in under 2.8 seconds, quicker than previous iterations of the D8 GTO. 

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Aerodynamic improvements, such as new louvres built in to the trailing edge of the front cycle wings and a new diffuser, will provide enough downforce to break 2Gs in corners and hit a higher max speed. 

The cockpit features lightweight carbon fiber seats and a quick-release, multi-function steering wheel that lets track day vets deactivate power steering and slide sideways at will. 

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Only 70 D8 GTO-JD70s will be built—one for each year of Donkervoort's life. If you happen to have a spare $181,000 lying around, inquire via Donkervoort's website to get your name on the shortlist.