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Donkervoort Automobielen has sold more than half of the JD70s it's going to build

The Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 is a pure driver's car.

Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

The Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 is one of those cars that puts a smile on an enthusiast's face. It's centered around the driving experience as a pure expression of the true sport of being behind the wheel. The model was developed to celebrate the 70th birthday of the company's founder Joop Donkervoort.

The exterior of the car looks more than a little bit like a bird's skull from the side. It's unique and not so streamlined that it blends in. More than 95 percent of the model's body is made of a weave of carbon fiber and Kevlar. Its front end is entirely 3D-printed. The car is compliant with the European Community's Small Series type approval crash regulations.

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Buyers can get their model in a raw finish or painted with a lacquer coating with a matte or polished finish.

Underpinning the model is a hybrid chassis. It has carbon fiber added to its tubular steel ladder frame for strength and has aluminum in less critical areas to reduce weight. The car also saves weight by having single-piece doors and a light-weight lithium-ion battery.

Its exhaust shoots out the side that, when paired with the second rear diffuser, allows for additional downforce at the rear.

The car's quick-release steering wheel is a muti-function unit. Electric power steering is available.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70Electronic steering is available in the model - a Donkervoort first.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

Donkervoort has designed the car for both the track and the road. It has a wide-track double-wishbone suspension system and three-way adjustable Intrax dampers at each corner. A variable traction control system is standard.

The car sports Tarox braking hardware. A Bosch Race ABS system is an option for track-focused drivers.

The JD70 rides on 17-inch forged alloy wheels up front and 18-inchers in the back. Carbon fiber rims are available. Dokervoort has put Nankang AR-1 on the model as original equipment. These tires provide significant mid-corner grip, which helps the car successfully pull more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners and more than 1G of acceleration.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70The model rides on 17-inch wheels up front.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

Each model is powered by an Audi Sport turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 415 bhp and is capable of getting the car from zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds.

Paired with that engaging drive is a minimal topside setup with open-top accommodations.

The car's seats are also made of carbon fiber. Overall, the car weighs 1,499 pounds - a little over half the weight of a Ford Fiesta.

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70The car's body is mostly made up of a carbo fiber-Kevlar blend.Photo courtesy of Donkervoort Automobielen

The D8 GTO-JD70 starts at €163.636,36 (before taxes). Donkervoort says that over half of the 70 limited edition models are already sold. Deliveries start this summer.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

Subaru

Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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