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It’s the Bare Naked D8 GTO
The new Batman vs Superman trailer missed a trick. This should have been in it. Superhero fans, meet the Donkervoort D8 GTO Bare Naked Carbon Edition.
Amusing though that tag might be - and we suspect many of you coming to this story will be sorely disappointed - this carbon fibre special edition is about as Batman as you can get.
It’s the first D8 GTO - the Netherlands’ version of a steroidal Caterham - to be built entirely from carbon fibre, inside and out. It’s been a long-held Donkervoort goal, we’re told, to build one of these two-seat track-stars entirely from the bare, naked stuff.
The carbon components are all developed and produced in-house: tubular frame, panels, the seats, door panels, window frame, dashboard and door sills. Even the ignition cylinder housing, roll-bar trim and headlight housings are all made from carbon fibre.
It’s finished in either a matt or gloss UV finish, which means it’s all visible, BARE NAKED carbon fibre. And, Donkervoort explains, because there’s no paint, there’s a weight reduction of several kilos. The ‘standard’ GTO weighs around 700kg.
The GTO is still powered by Audi’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI engine, producing between 340bhp and 380bhp depending on spec.
While no performance figures are given for this Bare Naked edition, the 380bhp non-naked GTO sprints from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.6s, and on to a top speed of 168mph.
“The very first Donkervoort fully fitted with visible carbon fibre not only accentuates the high-tech, super-fast character of the D8 GTO but also reveals a bit of its ‘dark side’,” says Donkervoort. Is this the best BARE NAKED thing you’ve seen on the internet this week?
Actually, on second thoughts, please don’t answer that question. This is a family site.