Harry Metcalfe really has a nice way of making tons of info sound clear and logical

The Porsche Carrera GT is one of the automotive world’s icons. Back when Porsche introduced it, the supercar was met with a lot of affection by car nuts because, well, it was an engineering marvel and it was a Porsche, but at the same time, it also came after the first-generation Cayenne, which at the time, did extremely well to upset every Porschephile out there.

A select few have had a chance to drive the Porsche Carrera GT and even fewer got to own one. In the U.S., a Carrera GT sold for $448,400, as per Car and Driver. These days, you’ll need to shell out north of $1 million to get one at auction.

Race-inspired engine and transmission, and so much more

Porsche debuted the production-ready Carrera GT in 2003, after previously showing the concept car during a private event at the Louvre, just before the 2000 Paris Motor Show kicked off. We did a little digging and found the original presentation video. You’re welcome.

Motivated by a 68-degree, 5.7-liter, V-10 with Le Mans racing roots, the Carrera GT packed 605 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque.

The engine screamed its way to the 8,400-rpm redline under the close supervision of a six-speed manual transmission with a beechwood gear knob for the shifter - a nod back to the legendary Porsche 917 race car. The gearbox alone was a chef d’oeuvre: it used a carbon-ceramic-composite clutch to shove all the power to the rear wheels through a traction control setup that was there because the engine’s grunt would have been too much to handle for the tires.

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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

Porsche developed the Carrera GT around a carbon-fiber monocoque and subframe that gave it strength and lightness at the same time. The center-lock wheels were magnesium-alloy and used eight-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear, which bit into carbon-ceramic discs - at that time, the largest ever to be found on a production model.

Obviously, performance was a prerequisite, but so was the car’s unforgiving character, ready to bite your head off for any mistake. The GT could blast from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds - for the sake of comparison, the Ferrari Enzo did it in 3.3 seconds - and clear the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 130 miles per hour - the Enzo also needed 11.2 seconds, but at 136 miles per hour.

What’s more, with Walter Röhrl behind the wheel, the Porsche Carrera GT ran a full Nürburgring Nordschleife lap in 7 minutes and 28 seconds. And as much as we’d love to keep talking about it, we believe Mr. Metcalfe is a way better narrator. So do check out the video below. Those are 30 minutes well spent.

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 More
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