It appears that more and more super cars are turning themselves into BBQ pits. While Californians are roasting marshmallows over million dollar automobiles like the McLaren F1 and Ferrari F-430, in China it would seem that they prefer to use something a little more German. This time it was a Porsche Carrera GT that blew a fuse and spontaneously combusted in Shanghai. At least the car happened to be on a circuit at the time, where a couple of valiant corner workers were on hand with plenty of fire extinguishers.
One might argue that with the recent rise of super car conflagrations combined with the current economic downturn could lead speculators to believe that perhaps some of these open fires were owner motivated in an attempt to turn an expensive toy into a liquid asset. However, even if the reason for the Porsche’s fire remains unknown. Due to the track day situation we can assume that it was just a severely overheated engine. Either way, the men with the fire extinguishers have inadvertently proved that the black Carrera GT looks good with a white top and matching rims.
The new Mirage GT Gold Edition comes with a few exterior accents finished in gold and a golden carbon fiber weave. The Gemballa creation features a host of ultra-light aerodynamics components, a ground-breaking hydraulically height-adjustable coilover kit and a some carbon fiber elements painted gold adorning the interior of the uberCarrera. The engine has been tuned to deliver a maximum output of 650 HP and 464 lb-ft of torque. This insane amount of power means that the Mirage GT Gold Edition can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 208 MPH.
A matte black finish not looks good, but it is also one of our favorite was to cover a car. However the owner of this Porsche Carrera GT super car took the dull exterior to a whole new level with this shade of red. This particular version belongs to an Arabian guy (no surprise here!) and was spotted on the streets of London.
The Porsche super tuners Gemballa have just revealed their latest toy, the Mirage GT Matt Edition, a flat black version of the hottest Carrera GT ever made. The matte wears a bodykit that is identical to the Cardon Edition revealed back in February except that this one is given a stealth like appearance by the lack of reflective surface.
The interior is a stark contrast from what’s outside, the colorful center caps on the wheels are the only aesthetic touches to the exterior, but the inside has been recovered in beautiful blue and grey suede. Even the headliner now matched the seat inserts, steering wheel and dash.
The GT is powered by a Gemballa V10 engine that delivers 670 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque. The new stealth special edition is capable of hitting a top speed of 208 MPH. The vehicle’s acceleration has been improved as well; reaching 60 MPH in 3.7 seconds and 125 MPH in just 9.7, the stock vehicle can hit those speeds in 3.9 seconds and 9.9 ticks of the chronometer respectively.
The super car tuners, Gemballa, have just revealed the low down on their Mirage GT Carbon Edition that was announced back in February. This very unique creation gives Porsche Carrera GT owners the opportunity to fully transform their German speed machine in to this wild carbon creation, for the measly sum of 298,000 euro, or about $423,000. However the production run will be extremely limited, Gemballa is only planning on popping five examples out of the mold. So hurry up and place your orders.
The aero package was designed for speed; it includes a front apron with larger openings and extra ducts on the sides, just like the lower side skirts. An area of low pressure sucks the Mirage to the road at speed thanks to an integrated diffuser underneath the car and an oversized GT wing up top.
The Gemballa slices through the air thanks to a little extra power from a retuned ECU and free flowing exhaust system. The result is 670 HP from the Porsche built 5.7 Liter V10. The Mirage GT Carbon Edition will be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 208 MPH thanks to the new aero.
Answering the age old question like who is better Superman or Batman? Our friends at GTboard have conducted some very official closed course testing that pits the pride of Stuttgart the Porsche Carrera GT against the prancing horse from Maranello the Ferrari 599 GTB. Who is faster, the mid-engine 5.7 Liter V10 in the carbon fiber bodied Porsche, or the front engine V12 sourced from the Enzo connected to an F1 inspired Superfast transmission. Watch the video to find out. By the way, Batman would drive the Porsche.
Why mess with perfection. From the factory the Porsche Carrera GT is capable of tremendous things. Mostly thanks to the 612 HP 5.7 Liter V10 mounted behind the driver. But the appearance of the supercar from Stuttgart did well with the Koenigseder treatment of an aggressive aero treatment and a shocking orange paint job.
Even though Porsche has stopped manufacturing the Carrera GT supercar, aftermarket tuners Gemballa are still producing fresh versions of their Mirage GT model based on the $450,000 Porsche. Their latest creation is the Gemballa Mirage GT Carbon Edition looks ready to fly down the Mulsanne Straight at 200 MPH.