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Porsche Carrera GT

It's better than your first time.
Jan 1, 2001
Photographer: Porsche of North America

It’s hard to be inspired by a press release. Saying that, we will instantly qualify it by saying that when the printed word is from Stuttgart, and it mentions a 550hp, race-inspired coupe, our statement has an exception.

The Carrera GT is powered by a 558hp, naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-10 that, in addition to the mind-altering horsepower, produces 442 lb-ft of torque. Porsche’s new low-slung, mid-engined prototype supercar will be ready to go into production by 2003. Porsche claims 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and 0-124 in less than 10.

Behind the all-new V-10 are a six-speed, a racing- type clutch, and a redesigned suspension that is far from anything seen on a Porsche before. The body is largely carbon fiber with huge cold-air coves that feed and cool the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) and mid-ship-mounted powerplant. Glued to the ground by virtue of ultimately tweaked ground effects and slippery flaps and rudders, the GT accompanies the 200-plus-mph crowd past the velvet rope with a supermodel on each arm. Expect it to do the same for you.

Aluminum and leather dominate the performance-oriented interior with a few concessions made for luxury, including air-conditioning, a stereo system, and power windows, without adding weight. Racing buckets with adjustable knee and leg supports hold the driver and passenger firmly in position. The instrument panel uses a color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen to display three levels of information. In a racetrack environment, the screen can be set to deliver only crucial readouts--engine rpm, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and lap times. In the road-driving mode, a more detailed readout provides information such as low-fuel warnings and mpg. The third level provides on-board computer functions, including estimated driving range, outside temperature, and settings for the audio and climate control systems.

The new Porsche made its debut at the 2001 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. Expect to see one on the road by the summer of 2002.

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