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Why the Carrera GT Still Pulls Our Heartstrings

In the era of turbochargers and PDK gearboxes we live in, it’s easy to get distracted. Even mid-tier sports cars are just so supremely quick nowadays, there’s a good chance that many fans forget about the other things which make a car truly special. Fortunately, we have videos like these. One brief encounter with the sonorous wail of the 5.7-liter V10 sitting in the rear of the Carrera GT will have them wishing for the slower, louder, more analog days of the past.

The powertrain is quite compact.

That slinky, elegant, simplistic shape—a little like a lengthened, widened 986 Boxster—is still stunning today. The balsa wood-knobbed shifter, the terra cotta-colored leather, and 996-era switchgear and gauges all take one back to the early ’00s when 600 horsepower was an astronomical amount of power, and not something any breathed-on 2-series could make. But power alone wasn’t what makes the Carrera GT a standout.

 

The carbon tub, the carbon clutch, the carbon brakes—in addition to being new for the era, they bring the weight down to just ~2,900 pounds. The carbon elements, including that incredibly wide door sill, all add to the sense of occasion. The precision of the chassis and the urgency of the motor are bonafide motorsport. Even the carbon brakes take a little warming before they give the driver any real confidence. That urgency, that hard-edged character, and that hint of danger all offer the talented driver a level of involvement which makes some supercars seem anodyne.

Unlike the Zonda, the Carrera GT had the engine bolted directly to a carbon cradle.

What’s truly incredible is, despite the ever-present rumors of these cars being bloodthirsty, the right set of tires make them manageable. Not a pussycat by any means, but with just enough of an inviting character to encourage the driver to try and master it, the Carrera GT requires work, but is it satisfying.

We can see that through the enthusiasm that flows out of Harry. That screaming motor, the incredible direction change, a rifle-action shift, and the perfect driving position are all easy to observe. He’s a lucky man, and perhaps nobody else conveys us how emotive the car is as him. Watch for a detailed history on the car, some trivia, and a ridealong that makes you want to start researching successful bank heists.

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Porsche Carrera GT -> Gemballa Mirage GT Gold Edition : La caisse à Samuel !

A force on a du mal à comprendre ces éternels insatisfaits… Une Porsche Carrera GT dans mon garage, et je passerais mes journées à son volant ou à l’admirer. Eh bien non, pour certains, ça ne suffit pas ! Il leur en faut plus… quitte à tomber dans le bling bling. Comme cette Gemballa Mirage […]

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Samuel Eto’o : sa Porsche Carrera GT préparée par Gemballa à vendre aux enchères

Comment rendre une supercar exceptionnelle encore plus exclusive ? En la faisant passer entre les mains du préparateur Gemballa. C’est ainsi qu’une Porsche Carrera GT devient une Gemballa Mirage GT, un véhicule pour le moins bling-bling que le footballeur Samuel Eto’o avait choisi d’acheter en 2005. Unique propriétaire du véhicule, l’attaquant camerounais a décidé de la mettre en vente aux enchères par le biais de RM Sotheby’s.

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The Joy of Driving a Carrera GT on a Wintry Mountain Road

Thanks to a fortunate set of circumstances, we get a sense of how a well-used Carrera GT performs in wintry surroundings. No traction control, no modes to choose from, and a fearsome reputation pushes steely drivers like our man here to treat the Carrera GT’s inputs with some circumspection. It’s claimed a few lives and clearly doesn’t have the sort of supportive character that modern—even some of its contemporary—hypercars have. So when the elements aren’t making life any easier, how does an experienced track driver engage with one of the most demanding cars ever sold to the public?

Who wouldn’t want to snick that beechwood-knobbed shifter through its gates?

The spike of revs and an unmistakable scream (0:32) set the tone. Without a doubt, the urgency and directness of the drivetrain are a large part of what makes this car such a singular creation. Few road-going machine employ a clutch as famously difficult to interact with, and the way this motor revs—more racing car than road car—means gear changes are something which require a great deal of concentration. « Once I knack of it and found my pedal spacing, and the way the engine revs so quick, the heel-toeing is just bliss to someone like me, » says TheSUPERCARDRIVER’s Charles Craven.

As the wheels search for grip and the motor spikes and screams, even driving the Carrera GT in a straightline is an engaging experience that requires full concentration. Trying to put the 605 horsepower down with such a responsive motor and the torque you’d expect from a 5.7-liter V10 isn’t easy; every prod of the throttle is an event.

Seeing real grime grace a GT’s hide is a thing of beauty.

Because something like the 992’s performance is much easier to access, the Carrera GT may not be quite as quick on a slippery country road, but who cares? With the sense of occasion and the ever-present threat of a trip off a hillside, this car is undeniably the more exciting. It requires constant attention, but few machines are as rewarding—provided the driver is gifted enough to handle it.

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Rétromobile 2019 – Porsche Carrera GT jaune Speed n°1246 de 2006

A l’occasion du salon Rétromobile 2019, Artcurial proposait à la vente une rare Porsche Carrera GT de couleur jaune Vitesse (Speed), immatriculée pour la première fois en France en 2006 et avec seulement 1 900 km. La Carrera GT succède à la 959 et à la 911 GT1 dans la famille très fermée des supercars. …

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