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

Usually, when a manufacturer makes a concept-car, that one is faster or better than the road-going version.

With the Carrera GT things were different. The prototype had a 5.5-liter engine and the street version was 5.7 and had more power. The Carrera GT prototype was shown at the 2000 Paris Auto Show to attract people towards the new Cayenne. But in the end, enthusiasts asked Porsche to build the concept car. And so they did, and they did it well.

The Carrera GT has the engine developed for endurance racing and re-worked for street use. The transmission is a 6-speed manual only with a multi-disc clutch to reduce its diameter. The gear knob was made out of wood to remember the old racing Porsche and it was replaced later with a carbon fiber one, to glorify the new era. The over 8000 rpm engine was a true masterpiece of road engines for Porsche. But the car had to be very carefully driven since it didn't have stability control, it has a manual gearbox and a very tricky clutch.

Porsche said that it will build 1500 units. But only 1270 were made. The change of safety regulations banned it for production. So it ended in 2006. And it wasn't the USD 450.000 bill that killed it, but the U.S. regulations regarding the airbags.

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PORSCHE Carrera GT (980) 2003 - 2006
  1 gasoline engine
  • 5.7L V10 (612 HP) 6MT

PORSCHE Carrera GT (980) 5.7L V10 (612 HP) 6MT

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.7L V10 (612 HP) 6MT
Cylinders
V10
Displacement
5733 cm3
Power
450 KW @ 8000 RPM
612 HP @ 8000 RPM
603 BHP @ 8000 RPM
Torque
435 lb-ft @ 5750 RPM
590 Nm @ 5750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
205 mph (330 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6 Speed, manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs (composite)
Rear
Ventilated Discs (composite)
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
265/30 R19Z || 335/30 ZR 20
DIMENSIONS
Length
181.6 in (4613 mm)
Width
75.6 in (1920 mm)
Height
45.7 in (1161 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.5/58.9 in (1,613/1,496 mm)
Wheelbase
107.5 in (2731 mm)
Ground Clearance
3.5 in (89 mm)
Cargo Volume
2.7 cuFT (76 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.39
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3042 lbs (1380 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3527 lbs (1600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
8.4 mpg US (28 L/100Km)
Highway
20.1 mpg US (11.7 L/100Km)
Combined
13.2 mpg US (17.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
429 g/km
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