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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Exotic

In its quest to find more powerful engines for the Lotus Seven licensed roadster, Donkervoort made a call to Ford of Europe, and the result was the 1993 D8.

When Collin Chapman built the first Lotus Seven, he certainly didn't think that a company from Netherland will start producing them under license more than three decades later and kept doing that for more than two decades. Well, Joop Donkervoort did that when he bought the rights to build the light British roadster. He started with Ford engines since they came in a complete package with the gearbox and the rear axle. Caterham did the same in the U.K. Moreover, a new Cosworth engine was built for the Ford Sierra and perfectly matched the car's chassis.

The Dutch company redesigned the bodywork and added a different, longer nose. It still featured the same double-wishbone front suspension with small fenders over the wide wheels and round headlights stuffed between the engine compartment and the wheels. Its rounded shapes and multiple vents on the hood and the sides made the car look meaner. Like its British ancestor, the D8 featured a short cabin and a tiny overhang behind the rear wheels.

With its cramped cabin, the D8 promised nothing more than a harsh ride with the occupants touching elbows all the time, despite the tall center console. The carmaker installed a flat dash panel with the speedometer and the tachometer in front of the driver and another five gauges in the lined-up in the middle. Donkervoort installed two slim bucket seats with high bolstering.

The Dutch carmaker installed Ford's new Zetec/Zetec-E engines, which produced more than enough power to propel the car faster than most sports cars. Later on, it switched to the Zetec-R range and turbocharged Cosworth and Audi engines.

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DONKERVOORT D8 1993 - 2012
  6 gasoline engines
  • 1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)
  • 1.8L Turbo 5MT (180 HP)
  • 1.8L Turbo 5MT (210 HP)
  • 1.8L Turbo 5MT (270 RS)
  • 1.8L Zetec 5MT (140 HP)
  • 2.0L Cosworth 5MT (215 HP)

DONKERVOORT D8 1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5700 RPM
150 HP @ 5700 RPM
148 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
210 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50-R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.6 in (3419 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
43.7 in (1110 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/57.1 in (1,400/1,450 mm)
Wheelbase
90.9 in (2309 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1389 lbs (630 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2039 lbs (925 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
190 g/km

DONKERVOORT D8 1.8L Turbo 5MT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L Turbo 5MT (180 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
132 KW @ 5500 RPM
180 HP @ 5500 RPM
177 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
173 lb-ft @ 1950 RPM
235 Nm @ 1950 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
Front: 205/50 VR15 - Rear: 225/50 VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.6 in (3419 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
43.7 in (1110 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/57.1 in (1,400/1,450 mm)
Wheelbase
90.9 in (2309 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1389 lbs (630 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2039 lbs (925 kg)

DONKERVOORT D8 1.8L Turbo 5MT (210 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L Turbo 5MT (210 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
154 KW @ 5500 RPM
210 HP @ 5500 RPM
207 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
236 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
320 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
Front: 205/50 VR15 - Rear: 225/50 VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.6 in (3419 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
43.7 in (1110 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/57.1 in (1,400/1,450 mm)
Wheelbase
90.9 in (2309 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1389 lbs (630 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2039 lbs (925 kg)

DONKERVOORT D8 1.8L Turbo 5MT (270 RS)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L Turbo 5MT (270 RS)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
199 KW @ 6000 RPM
270 HP @ 6000 RPM
267 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
Front: 205/50 VR15 - Rear: 225/50 VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.6 in (3419 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
43.3 in (1100 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/57.9 in (1,400/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
90.9 in (2309 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1433 lbs (650 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2039 lbs (925 kg)

DONKERVOORT D8 1.8L Zetec 5MT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L Zetec 5MT (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 6750 RPM
140 HP @ 6750 RPM
138 BHP @ 6750 RPM
Torque
125 lb-ft @ 5250 RPM
170 Nm @ 5250 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
Front: 205/50 VR15 - rear: 225/50 VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.6 in (3419 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
43.7 in (1110 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/57.1 in (1,400/1,450 mm)
Wheelbase
90.9 in (2309 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1389 lbs (630 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2039 lbs (925 kg)

DONKERVOORT D8 2.0L Cosworth 5MT (215 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L Cosworth 5MT (215 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1994 cm3
Power
158 KW @ 6000 RPM
215 HP @ 6000 RPM
212 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
214 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
290 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
Front: 205/50 VR15 - Rear: 225/50 VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.6 in (3419 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
43.7 in (1110 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/57.1 in (1,400/1,450 mm)
Wheelbase
90.9 in (2309 mm)
Cargo Volume
7 cuFT (198 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1532 lbs (695 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2039 lbs (925 kg)
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