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Porsche Carrera Gt

Porsche Carrera Gt
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Porsche Carrera Gt

It’s not the $440,000 Carrera GT’s absurdly fast top speed that awes you-we were aboard yet had no fear as Porsche’s test driver clocked 208 mph (with a tailwind) on a Soviet-era military runway in the former East Germany. It’s not this Ferrari Enzo fighter’s equally absurd accelerative force, either: Porsche modestly claims a 0-to-62-mph time of 3.9 seconds, but it’s probably more like 3.5 seconds. It’s not even the otherworldly strength of the gigantic ceramic brakes that made the greatest impression on us, although they are strong enough at full clamp to lift the passenger fully away from his leather-covered, carbon-Kevlar seat and hard against the locked seatbelt. No question-all these feats are stratospherically impressive. But they are just extensions of what you’ve felt before in a common automobile. These figures don’t reveal the character of the Carrera GT any more than one’s familiarity with hops, barley, and water explains how they can make you drunk. Porsche says it will build 1500 of these supercars over the next three years. The Carrera GT, which began life as a proposal for a Le Mans race car, is nothing if not uncommon. In truth, it’s not even a car, really. It’s not like those things we put in comparison tests and rate the ergonomics and measure the gas mileage of-all those conveyances that operate in the vast gray center of the performance spectrum. The 604-hp Carrera GT is different. It’s all vibrancy and immediacy. It was actually turning off the ignition after our brief initial drive that first amazed us. The millisecond the ignition circuit is broken, there is . . . nothing. Normally, when you key the ignition off, the crankshaft makes a few extra lazy rotations as the mass of the moving parts takes a half-beat to submit to friction and come to a complete rest. It’s a universal experience we take for granted. But in the GT, the crankshaft stops with a new suddenness-immediately, now, before your brain even considers the causal relationship between turning the key and the engine coming to rest. It’s as if the crankshaft had seized within a quarter-rotation after the last spark plug fired. There is no mass at all to speak of in the drivetrain. Take, for example, the lightweight ceramic clutch (measuring a mere 6.7 inches in diameter) and the 10 titanium connecting rods in this 68-degree V-10. They weigh, by regular commodity-car standards, essentially nothing. After a romp in the GT, whatever you drive will feel as if it were powered by a huge diesel-the kind we imagine powering ocean liners-with 10-foot-long iron connecting rods. This works, of course, in reverse, too. Unlike the brawny powerplant of, say, a Lamborghini Murci√©lago or Dodge Viper, which pummels physics into submission, the Porsche’s race-bred V-10 seems to skirt physics entirely. It always feels unrestrained. Here again we can thank low rotational mass. The best production-car engines in the world accumulate revs in a satisfyingly smooth sweep. So quick to rev is the 5.7-liter Porsche engine that you scarcely are aware that it’s putting forth any effort at all. A stab of the wide, floor-mounted gas pedal and-Brip!-you’re at the 8000-rpm power peak. Watch the in-car footage of an F1 car going up through the gears with its brief, staccato blasts through the revs, then slow the footage down by about half, and you get the idea. This audiovisual trick will also roughly approximate the sound the GT makes. It’s similar in timbre to an F1 motor but brawnier because of its greater displacement. Its note is a register lower because it runs fewer revs, and of course, it won’t pierce your eardrums-there’s a muffler. There is no time to adjust your mind-set between the docility of idle and the full-on, screaming fury of redline. Holy crap! Not even the standard traction-control system can keep up. ¬† View Photos View Photos 1 2 3 Next Page
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Porsche Carrera Gt

So, I drove to Beachwood, Ohio, near Cleveland, and I met my friend, Phil. I checked out the dealership, and then I laid eyes on it, an absolutely pristine Carrera GT, finished in GT Silver with a black interior and only 4,700 miles on the odometer. Minutes later, I was behind the wheel. After a half hour of driving on varying roads, I can safely say the Carrera GT is the single greatest car I’ve ever driven. Then again, it better be, given the price.Before I describe the driving experience and the Carrera GT itself, let’s discuss the price. The Carrera GT I drove is listed on Porsche of Beachwood’s website for $699,991, which is the going rate for clean, low-mileage examples of these cars. Even though this is printed text, let me repeat that. Six hundred. And ninety-nine. Thousand dollars. In Beachwood, Ohio, this amount of money will also buy you this 6-bedroom, 4,700-square-foot home. So, you need to ask yourself: Carrera GT? Or 4,700 square feet with a new roof, driveway, HVAC systems, crown molding and two whirlpool tubs?
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Porsche Carrera Gt

Of course, the Carrera GT is a lot more than its clutch. Perhaps it’s most known for its amazing exhaust note, which I was surprised to discover you can’t really hear inside the cabin. Instead, it’s like a race car; it’s all mechanical inside. You hear the engine ticking and turning, and you hear each gear change and the tires loudly rotating on rough pavement. Outside is where you hear the noise. And, oh boy, do you hear it. I imagine the lovely people of Beachwood, Ohio, were just walking around, enjoying their day, when some guy drove by in a silver Porsche that sounded like it was qualifying for Le Mans.Comfort isn’t something the Carrera GT has in droves. I phrase it this way, because the car isn’t as uncomfortable as I expected, especially the grippy bucket seats, which don’t seem as confining or as harsh as the bucket seats in modern Porsches. However, it’s still no luxury cruiser. You feel every bump. You hear every different road surface. The Carrera GT is not a car you buy to cruise around. The Carrera GT is not the car you take to the grocery store because it’s in the driveway blocking your Ford Explorer. The Carrera GT is a car you decide to drive after careful consideration of the time, the weather and the number of joyously winding roads nearby.
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Porsche Carrera Gt

Most Popular YouTube Doug DeMuro By Collin Woodard Sep 14, 2016 Compared to supercars today, the spec sheet for the Porsche Carrera GT’s isn’t exactly impressive. It only made 612 horsepower and required a full 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. That’s less horsepower than a Hellcat and slower acceleration than a Chevrolet Corvette Z06, both of which cost under $100,000. Compared to modern cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, it doesn’t even come close.Advertisement – Continue Reading BelowBut just because other cars have it beat on paper doesn’t mean they’re better than the Carrera GT. Far from it. After all, it’s powered by one of the best-sounding naturally aspirated V10s ever put into a production car. And it’s got a glorious manual transmission. And it was born from an aborted Le Mans race car. And even more than a decade later, it’s still absolutely gorgeous.There’s a lot more to the Carrera GT, too. But we’ll let our friend Doug DeMuro explain the rest since he recently got a chance to drive one. When he’s done, you may agree with him that the best supercar ever made is the Porsche Carrera GT. Most PopularSign up for the Road & Track Newsletter Please enter a valid email address. Sign UpThank You!You have chosen to receive our newsletter at . You will receive an email shortly confirming your subscription.You have already subscribed.
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YouTube Doug DeMuro By Collin Woodard Sep 14, 2016 Compared to supercars today, the spec sheet for the Porsche Carrera GT’s isn’t exactly impressive. It only made 612 horsepower and required a full 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. That’s less horsepower than a Hellcat and slower acceleration than a Chevrolet Corvette Z06, both of which cost under $100,000. Compared to modern cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, it doesn’t even come close.Advertisement – Continue Reading BelowBut just because other cars have it beat on paper doesn’t mean they’re better than the Carrera GT. Far from it. After all, it’s powered by one of the best-sounding naturally aspirated V10s ever put into a production car. And it’s got a glorious manual transmission. And it was born from an aborted Le Mans race car. And even more than a decade later, it’s still absolutely gorgeous.There’s a lot more to the Carrera GT, too. But we’ll let our friend Doug DeMuro explain the rest since he recently got a chance to drive one. When he’s done, you may agree with him that the best supercar ever made is the Porsche Carrera GT. Most PopularSign up for the Road & Track Newsletter Please enter a valid email address. Sign UpThank You!You have chosen to receive our newsletter at . You will receive an email shortly confirming your subscription.You have already subscribed.

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