Our favorite Dutch roadster has received some major upgrades, resulting in the new D8 GTO-RS. Donkervoort’s latest creation hit our inbox last night, and it looks like a force to be reckoned with.
The new RS has big shoes to fill, as its predecessor was the fastest production car on the ‘Ring in 2004 and ’06. This new model will be a worthy contender for that title, as it will be powered by a heavily modified version of Audi’s 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder. Each time we see a new interpretation of the model we believe that it can’t be improved upon, but Donkervoort has added a dual disk clutch and launch control along with EU6 emissions compliance.
Handling was never a problem, but it has been multiplied thanks to wider tires and larger brakes. While keeping a classic theme, the interior is all new. Carbon fiber and leather compliment the exposed roll cage; and many of the smaller features are machined aluminum. Countless hours were spent in simulations and the wind tunnel to improve the aerodynamic features. Roadsters usually have trouble creating enough downforce at high speeds because the lack of a roof creates turbulence above the cockpit. That is why the sleek doors blend into the windshield frame and connect with B-pillars at the rear fenders. This a true driver’s car. Instead of the “flappy” automatic shifter paddles, it has five manual gears and three pedals that demand your attention.
Only 40 examples of the RS will be produced later this year, and 21 have already been spoken for. If any of them make it to the states, you will see it here first on Autofluence.