Donkervoort Reveals New Audi RS-Powered 415 hp Supercar Killer

Donkervoort might not be the hardest supercar name to pronounce, but it’s definitely high up on the list. But with the latest model from the Dutch car builder, you might just be left speechless anyway.

It’s called the D8 GTO-JD70, which is a bit of a mouthful on its own, but it’s a celebration car to mark the 70th birthday of company founder Joop Donkervoort, which explains the JD70 at the end of the name.

This is the most powerful car the company has ever built, taking the 2.5L inline-five that you’ll find in such gems as the Audi TT RS, and boosting it to 415 hp with 384 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Audis from which it is taken, this one can be had with a five-speed manual with computer-assisted rev-matching.

The JD70 doesn’t have power steering, and the traction control can be dialed to all the way off, but the handling claims are massive. Donkervoort claims the car will exceed 2.0 G in cornering, which is close to double what most supercars these days manage. That’s in standard spec with its standard tires, though the company didn’t say what those are. Maybe “standard tires” means a set of Hoosier race slicks?

Donkervoort has given it some aero help, with 80 kg of downforce in the rear and 50 kg up front. The louvers in the motorcycle-style front fenders are said to reduce lift and there is a big rear diffuser.

More than 95 percent of the body is carbon fiber, Donkervoort says, which helps it pass safety regs and means the car, limited to just 70 built, weighs under 700 kilos. That’s about 1,500 lbs.

Delivery starts early next year, with prices starting from about USD $182,000.

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