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 to 380 hp from its Audi-sourced engine and a curb weight of less than 1,550 pounds propels it from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. That’s quick enough to frighten motorcycles.

So how does the Bare Naked Carbon Edition top that? In performance terms—other than shedding a few pounds 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-fiber panels. The new addition to the range shows off that carbon, with a UV-coating process in matte, gloss or color accents of the buyer’s choice.

The exterior and interior paneling gets the treatment, as does most of the trim and interior cabin, 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-liter EcoBoost engine, which delivers a decent fuel economy of up to 35 mpg while managing 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds.


But it’s the range-topping 5.0l V8 GT version that’s drawing the headlines: With a 0-60 mph 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 growl of a big V8 hits a spot that no amount of turbo trickery ever will.

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