Donkervoort D8 GTO boosted to 429bhp for final road version

Abt Sportsline is urged to improve the Audi five-pot five-pot. The final edition offers new levels of personalization

The Donkervoort D8 GTO Individual Series, the last and most powerful open-wheeled sports car from the Dutch company, is now available.

Although the company hinted at the development of track-only variants, the Individual Series will be the final road-going opportunity for the D8 GTO’s eight-year-old D8 GTO. It is named so because of the increased customisation possibilities it will provide owners.

The 2.5-litre turbocharged, Audi-derived five-cylinder engine is used in the D8 GTO. However, Abt Sportsline has increased the output to 429bhp. This tuning specialist is best known for hyper-powered versions of Audi’s RS-badged performance vehicles. The key modifications include an upgraded cooling system and new fuel injectors, as well as a custom ECU tune.

Donkervoort has not provided any performance figures. However, subtle improvements over the 415bhp diesel D8 GTO–JD70 are to be expected. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 180 mph in a little more than 180 mph.

Denis Donkervoort, managing director, stated that “not even Audi Sport got this much performance out of this 2.5-litre engine.” This motor powers the Audi RS3, which produces 395 bhp.

For reference, the firm confirmed that the Individual Series was 7mph faster than the JD70 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit’s Kemmel Straight and cut 1.4 seconds off its lap time.

The Individual Series design changes are subtle and intended to give a cleaner look. The nose-cone flaps and air scoops have been removed, and the logo moved from the nose towards the grille.

Donkervoort promises that the D8 GTO’s final edition will offer “total customer freedom”. It is priced at EUR162,900 (PS140,000 before taxes), but there are a host of options and services that allow it to be customized to suit the owner’s needs, “whether they lean towards the track or touring, design, luxury, or both”.

The company can make individual parts for your car, provide matching clothing and luggage, trim the seats in any material you specify, and even let you “invent” your exterior paint.

The standard equipment includes a reverse camera and parking sensors.

Donkervoort says that the Individual Series can be a “relatively relaxed cruiser”, but that it is not suitable for long journeys due to its hardcore nature.

The chassis of the final D8 GTO is equipped with Tarox waveform brake discs around and can be fitted to a Bosch antilock system for track use. You can also choose from a faster steering rack, a six-speed sequential gearbox, and many different suspension options.