• Mar 26th 2010 at 7:41PM
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Donkervoort G8 235 E - click above for high-res image gallery

Spring is in the air, and if any car shouts "Spring!" the loudest it's a Se7en. If you happen to be in the unfortunate position of not knowing what makes a Se7en, they are modern day interpretations of the legendary Lotus 7. Only because of a long fought, still-running legal battle, they're called Se7ens. Featuring no roof, no doors and practically no weight, there's almost nothing between you and the road ahead. Many people take to describing Se7ens as four-wheeled motorcycles, a definition we can't argue with.

Speaking of Se7ens, Holland-based manufacturer Donkervoort has just released their newest, the D8 235 E. Donkervoot is probably best known to Autoblog readers for the hardcore, closed coupe D8 GT. A stud of a performance monster, no doubt, though we must say that enclosing any Se7en's cockpit is kinda not the point. But hey, different folks, strokes, etc. Thankfully, Donkervoort also sells open top cars, including the new D8 235 E.

The big news vis-a-vis the D8 235 E is that power is up. By reworking the intake and exhaust, and remapping the ECU the Audi-sourced 1.8-liter inline-four now makes 235 horsepower, up from 210 hp. If that doesn't sound like much, remember that the D8 weighs around 1,300 pounds. Having driven a number of Se7ens in the 125-hp neighborhood that car crest 60 mph in five seconds flat and we can tell you that 235 hp is a much more than adequate amount of power. But hey, need more? Donkervoort will happily sell you a 270-hp version called the D8 270 RS.

[Source: Donkervoort]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Who needs Caterham...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like stupidly fast simple cars... that handle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I need to drive a 7 derived car at least once.
      • 5 Years Ago
      we have a donkervort owner here in the philippines running the local tracks =P being run by a white dude.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'Netherlands', not 'Holland'. The latter refers to one of two provinces in the country.

      Also, having spent some time in a Caterham in the wrong sort of weatehr, I rather fancy the idea of the hardtop version of the D8 GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hi guys!what do you think about my idea how seven could look like?

      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem with Donkervoorts has always been the cost. Since Johnny didn't see fit to tell us the price of this one, we can't say whether the little D has managed to bring it down a bit.

      Caterhams aren't cheap, but Donkervoorts are usually in a whole new realm.

      CSR260 for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a prowler.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Other way around. Lotus 7 design is over 50 years old
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cars like this are the main reason I visit AB every day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be hard to choose between this and the Caterham thats for sure either way if I ever have enough money for a 3rd car its will be one of these two, they are cars that are akin to driving nirvana.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it necessary to have lambo style doors on a car that's so small and short that you could trip over it?

      No. It is not.
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