STRIP SHOW: The new Donkervoort gets naked

Photo above: Luuk van Kaathoven

Whether your interest is high performance or simply turning heads, the Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition has both bases covered. 

The Dutch manufacturer’s latest ultra-lightweight model, the D8 GTO, entered production in 2013, and the combination of 340-380hp from its Audi-sourced engine and a kerb weight of less than 700kg propels it from 0-100kph in just 2.8 seconds. That’s quick enough to frighten motorbikes.

So, how does the Bare Naked Carbon Edition top that? In performance terms – other than shedding a few kilos of paint – it doesn’t. The real appeal is all about aesthetics: this version looks like the car that Darth Vader would take to a track day.


Undressed to thrill: the D8 GTO gets to 100kph in 2.8 seconds

© Luuk van Kaathoven

The D8 GTO has a tubular-steel frame skinned with carbon-fibre panels. The new addition to the range shows off that carbon, with a UV-coating process in matt, gloss or colour accents of the buyer’s choice.

The exterior and interior panelling gets the treatment, as does most of the trim and interior A-surfaces, plus many of the engine-top surfaces. It’s perfect for the performance junkies who really want to see what they’re driving.


Upgrading the classic Mustang

If the Donkervoort is a little too extreme or its hefty price too steep for you, Ford’s all-new Mustang might just be your ideal everyman performance car. There’s a sensible option of a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which delivers a decent fuel economy of up to 35mpg while managing 0-100kph in less than six seconds.


But it’s the range-topping 5.0-litre V8 GT version that’s drawing the headlines: with a 0-100kph time of 4.8 seconds, it’s in a serious performance bracket. Of course, the GT has the sort of fuel economy that makes most non-Americans wince, but that’s part of the charm of a muscle car – the lovely burble of a big V8 hits a spot that no amount of turbo trickery ever will.

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