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Start of production of the Donkervoort D8 GT Cup

The small Dutch manufacturer Donkervoort holds promise. The year passes the same date, we presented at the Salon de Geneve has its first hardtop model, the D8 GT, obviously designed around the model D8 Roadster.

Donkervoort recall that specializes in the manufacture of sports cars and high-performance competition, whose style is inspired by the legendary Lotus Seven and Super Seven. At its beginnings in 1985, we used the engines supplied by Ford Europe, but since 1999, we trusted the Audi engine. In 2004, D8 models are as good from a front track widened by 5 cm and today he debuted the production of D8 GT Cup, for the first delivery scheduled for the coming month of August.

The achievements of Donkervoort are considered to be among the lightest cars in the world, and this newcomer, is no exception to this rule, quite the contrary. Using composite materials, or a combination of carbon fiber and glass fiber, ultra lightweight and especially more resistant. For example, cutting the D8 GT weighs only 680 kg (1496 lbs), only 50 kg (110 lbs) more than its little brother, the D8 roadster.

Unlike discoverable versions, the D8 GT Cup presents an unusual aggressiveness, viewed from the front. Seen from the rear, the latter is almost afraid, but we know immediately that fully assumes its role superstar on auto chessboard World. In addition, it differs from other models of the brand, with a redesigned grille with new integrated headlight and openings wider body to better cool the mechanical parts. The pavilion and the windshield rather debase give it the Hot Rod style, that will never go unnoticed.

Sports cars often used in competition in soil Europeen, they benefit from a consistent structure, particularly at the chassis and bodywork. The occupants are protected by a cage surrounded sturdy beams and safer. The addition of the hardtop allows the latter to provide a vastly improved rigidity, not to mention his contribution in the field of aerodynamics.

Donkervoort uses past few years the hot and very reliable four-cylinder Audi claw, 1.8L TURBOCHARGED. According USED versions, it provides a minimum power of 180 horsepower, while a terraced versions beneficient 210 horsepower. Finally, the top engine range offered by Dongervoort, announces 270 horsepower. Imagine excellent weight / power ratio provided by these unusual sports cars. Obviously, brakes, suspensions and tires are designed solely to body with these cars and especially to their vocation ...

The builder provides for an annual production of 50 units has its factory in Lelystad, and I would not be surprised to learn that the vast majority of these cars are already sold, if not all. Such exclusivity is worth its weight in gold, and the starting price is fixed at 90,000 euros ($ 135,000 Cdn), or exceed the 130,000 euros ($ 195,000 Cdn) for a cutting D8 GT has 270 horsepower engine .

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