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It was a year ago that Dutch sports car maker Doonkervoort teased the D8 GTO on its Christmas card. It took a little longer than expected (and we lost a fiver in the process), but Santa's elves have crafted the thing in time for this Christmas. As predicted, it's "clearly a size larger" than Donkervoort's other fireballs, the GT and D8 270RS, by about a foot in length and six inches in width.

However, it doesn't share much with its siblings because the company wanted to provide a perfect holding place for the 2.5-liter TSFI engine sourced from Audi. The same lump you'll find in the TT-RS, only30 kilograms lighter, it's been revised in conjunction with Audi engineers to make it even more suited to the GTO. It makes 340-400 horsepower depending on whether you flick a "race module" switch, and 331 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers in a two-seater that weighs just 1,540 pounds should make this the quickest car in Donkervoort's stable.

The GTO's steel-tube frame is wrapped in carbon panels and a one-piece door that swings up quasi Koenigsegg style. A first run of 25 - half of which are sold already - will get the Audi engines and go on sale early next year, while "regular" versions with an unidentified engine will be available later in 2012. Prices begin at €100,000 and go up to €150,000, before tax.

Follow the jump for a press release with all the info, and check the high-res gallery for a closer look at the best thing to come out of Holland since bitteballen and siropwaffelen.Continue reading Donkervoort D8 GTO is bigger and badder

Donkervoort D8 GTO is bigger and badder originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 18 Dec 2011 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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