• Let the Sound of a Porsche Carrera GT Haunt You Forever

This has got to be one of the best sounding supercars ever made

We don’t know about you, but the undersigned here loves a proper V-10 engine. Unfortunately, not many carmakers are dropping V-10s inside their sports cars/supercars these days, and that’s a shame.

So all we can do is dwell on the past and relive the days when the Porsche Carrera GT ruled supreme over the car world. And yes, that V-10 born and raised with Le Mans expertise contributes immensely to the Carrera GT’s status as an automotive legend.

Gone are the days when you would find a 5.0-liter, F1-sourced V-10 under the hood of a sedan. Yes, 2005 BMW M5, it’s you I’m looking at. Today, V-10s are reserved for the likes of Lamborghini Huracan, Audi R8, and perhaps the few unsold Lexus LFAs. But back in the day, one particular V-10 engine ruled supreme and it came from Porsche’s stable. That’s right, I’m talking about the motorsport-bred 5.7-liter V-10 in the Carrera GT.

The Carrera GT’s cylinder banks sit in a vee at 68 degrees. The engine makes 605 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of twist and can scream like a banshee before reaching its redline at 8,400 rpm.

Mind you, getting that sort of acoustic performance out of this engine requires a special kind of driving mastery. As most of you know, the Carrera GT, after Walter Rohrl’s feedback and reluctance towards a sequential paddle-shift transmission, was designed with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Let the Sound of a Porsche Carrera GT Haunt You Forever
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Of course, the manual was not your run-of-the-mill stick shift. It used a very compact carbon-ceramic-composite clutch to deliver power and torque to the rear wheels under the close supervision of a smart traction control feature.

Why? Because the engine grunt couldn’t have been handled by the tires otherwise and the GT would not have been able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds or run a lap on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in seven minutes and 28 seconds.

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Now, coming back to the video in question, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is it’s just under two minutes long, but the good news is that it will give you the goosebumps. Plus, it’s pretty well shot, so we guess that counts as a double win.

Oh, and there’s also a longer version of the experience TheSUPERCARDRIVER had with the Porsche Carrera GT. Make sure to check that out too.

Porsche Carrera GT specifications
Power unit V10 normal-aspiration engine
Capacity 5733 cc
Engine output 605 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Max torque 435 LB-FT @ 5,750 RPM
Top speed 330 KM/H (205 MPH)
0 - 100 km/h (60 mph) 3.5 seconds
0 – 160 km/h (100 mph) 6.9 seconds
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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