2005 Porsche Carrera GT is one of the best of all time
MY BLOG this week is quite special, as I am featuring one of my favourite cars of all time, the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
I'm not the only one who loves this car either, as Sports Car International placed the Carrera GT in first place on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s, and eighth on their Top Sports Cars of All Time list.
This engine was secretly built by Porsche for the Footwork Formula 1 team in 1992, but was later scrapped and shelved.
On the 31st of January 2004, the first Porsche Carrera GT went on sale in the United States with a starting price of US$448,000, and it was equipped with a 5.7-litre, 40 valve mid-rear mounted V10 engine, up 200cc from the first Concept in 2000.
This engine can produce a whopping 451 kilowatts (605 horsepower) at 8000rpm and 590 Newton metres of torque (435 pound-feet of torque) at 5750rpm. This is a lot of power for a car built a decade ago.
This power goes to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, which is the only gearbox available for the Carrera GT.
This means you can really pull some awesome power slides with the traction control completely off. It also has a kerb weight of just 1380 kilograms.
All of this allows the Carrera GT to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 3.9 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 330 kilometres per hour (205 miles per hour).
Some other features that this Porsche is equipped with includes a retractable rear spoiler which can be raised manually or at 120 kph, a removable Targa roof, front 19-inch and rear 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in huge 265mm front and 335mm rear tyres, double-wishbone front and rear suspension, four-wheel ABS and traction control, self-levelling xenon headlights, a leather interior with sport seats and much more!
As the Carrera GT was a special limited edition model, Porsche only produced 1270 cars and unfortunately only two landed on Australian soil. Both cannot be registered for the road due to it being left-hand drive and it does not meet safety standards.
There aren't any Carrera GT's for sale in Australia at the moment, but you can import one from the United States for about US$400,000.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com