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Donkervoort Spreads Christmas Cheer With Teaser Card

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On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


Donkervoort Spreads Christmas Cheer With Teaser Card

If you're going to get a Christmas card that doesn't include bills or a check, it may as well be from a maker of rare, retro cars. And depending upon the total amounts of the checks and bills in other holiday cards, the Donkervoort Christmas card may very well have been the best card of the entire season. Donkervoort didn't send out money or gift cards to those on its card list, but it did send out the next best thing: a teaser picture of its upcoming D8 GTO planted right on front.

Now, if the card was a teaser from a Toyota or GM, it would be worth a look, but would still find a quick demise in the garbage or recycling bin. But being that it's from a company like Donkervoort—a company from which we see very few cars—it's a keeper.

In true Donkervoort style, the D8 GTO is clearly an awesomely retro, open-top roadster with big, dominant front end. Donkervoort didn't include any specs in its Christmas well-wishes, but speculation holds that the D8 GTO may share the 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder engine with the Audi TT-RS, providing over 340 horses. Combine that engine with the carbon and steel composite chassis, and you've got a stunning car that should perform light years above the old-school cars it's modeled after.

For reference, the 1,400-lb., hard-topped D8 GT hits 60 mph in under four seconds. And that model tops out at 270 horses. The D8 GTO is, however, expected to be larger than the current D8. And it may only get Audi's 2.0-liter TFSI engine.

Reports indicate that Donkervoort plans to show a prototype version of its newest car early next year. And the fact that they're teasing it in a Christmas card leads one to deduce that's correct. There's a good chance that Geneva will be the launching pad for the car. So even if you weren't on Donkervoort's Christmas card list (we weren't either), you'll soon see the new roadster for yourself.




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