Jay Leno takes his V-10-powered Porsche Carrera GT out for a spin

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Porsche’s most common sports cars are powered by flat-six engines, but the German company has made a few exceptions from this rule. The most iconic example is the Carrera GT, a supercar produced from 2003 to 2007. While some of Porsche’s modern vehicles are powered by V-6 and V-8 engines, the Stuttgart-based brand opted to drop a V-10 into the Carrera GT. And this is one of the main reasons why Jay Leno bought one. And he just showcased it in a new episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.

Jay Leno Has Some Interesting Thoughts On the Porsche Carrera GT
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The Carrera GT was the last analogue Porsche. It was powerful and fast, but devoid of the modern assist features, a pure driver’s car. But it also has an interesting story, as development for this supercar can be traced back to the late 1990s, while the V-10 engine has its roots in a project that debuted in 1992.

Following its success with the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 race cars, Porsche began working on a new prototype for endurance racing for the 1999 season. But instead of using the twin-turbo flat-six engine of its predecessors, the race car was designed to feature a V-10 mill, which Porsche had designed for a Formula One team in 1992. The project was eventually shelved, but Porsche kept the engine and brought it back to life in the late 1990s.

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The Le Mans prototype was eventually cancelled due to the company’s focus on the Cayenne SUV and Audi’s entry in the racing series, but Porsche again refused to let the engine go and revised it for a concept car. The show car debuted in 2000 as the Carrera GT and later morphed into the production model with the same name.

The engine was enlarged from 5.5 to 5.7 liters for the production Carrera GT and tuned to deliver 603 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.
Jay Leno Has Some Interesting Thoughts On the Porsche Carrera GT
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Tipping the scales at only 3,042 pounds, the Carrera GT needed only 3.6 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start, while its top speed exceeded 200 mph. And it did all that while emanating the greatest exhaust note of any contemporary supercar, another thing that Jay Leno loves about it. But you don’t have to trust us, you can find out for yourself in the video below, while also learning more about this no-nonsense supercar.

Porsche Carrera GT specifications
Power unit V10 normal-aspiration engine
Capacity 5733 cc
Engine output 603 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Max torque 435 LB-FT @ 5,750 RPM
Weight 3,042 lbs
Top speed 330 KM/H (205 MPH)
0 - 100 km/h (60 mph) 3.6 seconds
0 – 160 km/h (100 mph) 6.9 seconds
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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