The Donkervoort GT0-RS Roadster Is A Barely-Legal Beast - Maxim

The Donkervoort GT0-RS Roadster Is A Barely-Legal Beast

The eye-catching Dutch ride is lean, mean and ready to burn up the street.
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Photo: Donkervoort

Photo: Donkervoort

If the Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS resembles a 21st-century Lotus 7 roadster, there's good reason: the Dutch company launched in 1978 as a builder of Lotus 7 replicas. Rather than be trapped by the past, however, Donkervoort has evolved that car's concept.

Photo: Donkervoort

Photo: Donkervoort

In the D8 GTO-RS (was this car named by the same person responsible for the McLaren MP-4 12C?), we see that same proportion and stance, with a long hood, open cockpit practically between the rear wheels, and the front wheels standing apart from the body and hugged by cycle fenders.

Photo: Donkervoort

Photo: Donkervoort

The company hasn't released detailed specifications of this new RS, but says it will be faster and more powerful than the regular D8 GTO. That car's 380-horsepower turbocharged Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine accelerates to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, and Donkervoort promises the RS will be faster still.

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The RS has a wider track front suspension for better handling and an all-new brake system for shorter stops. A carbon fiber central tunnel section trims the weight of the RS so it is even lighter than the 1,530-lb. D8 GTO. As with the original Lotus, the D8-GTO's speed secret is its light weight.

Photo: Donkervoort

Photo: Donkervoort

Donkervoort plans to build 40 of the $173,000 RS versions, and says 21 of them are already sold, so it's time to make your move.

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