Porsche Carrera GT

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Carrera GT
Production period: 2003-2006
Class : Sports car
Body versions : Cabriolet
Engines: Otto engine :
5.7 liters (450 kW)
Length: 4613 mm
Width: 1921 mm
Height: 1166 mm
Wheelbase : 2730 mm
Empty weight : 1380 kg
successor Porsche 918

The Carrera GT (type 980) is a super sports car from Porsche that was manufactured in Leipzig . The engine was originally intended to be used in a Le Mans prototype developed by Porsche almost ready for use at the 24 Hours of Le Mans . However, the start of the sports prototype was discarded and its engine and chassis as well as some technical components were adopted in the Carrera GT instead . Neither the engine nor the developed Le Mans prototype have been used in a racing series so far.


Test drives on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring made a significant contribution to the development of this sports car. Former rally world champion Walter Röhrl , who, among other things, also carried out the chassis set-up drives with the Carrera GT, was largely responsible for this .


The Porsche Carrera GT is the first series vehicle, wherein the as monocoque manufactured chassis and the subframe completely of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic consist (CFRP). Because of the mid-engine , the rear of the Carrera GT is elongated and has two ventilation openings that are covered by perforated stainless steel sheets. The roof of the Carrera GT consists of two CFRP shells that can be accommodated in the trunk. As in racing, the wheels are fastened with central locks that have different colors: blue on the right, red on the left.

The “downforce kit”, consisting of a complex air control system on the underbody, helps the Carrera GT to utilize the ground effect in order to keep its lane safely even at high speeds. It is supported by a rear wing , which automatically rises from a speed of 120 km / h in order to increase the contact pressure even further. This rear wing can also be raised by hand and when the vehicle is stationary.

inner space

Interior of a Carrera GT

Reduced design predominates in the interior. The Recaro -Schalensitze consist of a lightweight (10.3 kg) Aramid - carbon fiber - composite , the pedals of aluminum. The center of the interior is the gear stick, which is positioned higher than in "normal" vehicles in order to ensure the shortest possible distance from the steering wheel. In memory of the Porsche 917 , the gear knob is made of eye-catching balsa plywood, but from model year 2005 it could also be ordered in carbon or leather.

Standard equipment

The Carrera GT cost € 452,690 when new in Germany. Standard equipment counted next to the PCCB -Keramikverbundbremsanlage ( " P Porsche C eramic C omposite B rake") is also a suitable, five-piece luggage set (each a garment bag, to be fixed behind the seats, a small bag that is housed under the shift knob; a travel bag that fits exactly into the 76 liter trunk; a handbag and briefcase that fit exactly between the door and the seat). A navigation system (based on the Becker Online Pro) and air conditioning could be ordered from the factory at no extra charge . The six colors "GT Silver metallic", "Black", "Basalt black metallic", "Faience yellow", "Indian red" and "Seal gray metallic" were also available at no extra charge. There were three colors to choose from for the leather: Terra, Ascot brown and black. The luggage set was always made of the same leather as the cockpit cover. From model year 2005, buyers could officially have their car painted in a color of their choice and determine the color of the leather and the trim in the cockpit themselves. In the meantime, more than 20 such “paint-to-sample” colors have become known. Porsche did not provide any information about the exact number.


The production of the so far only street-legal V10 model from Porsche was limited to 1500 units in order to preserve the vehicle value and exclusivity. On December 28, 2005, Porsche announced that production would be discontinued in April 2006 as planned. At the time of this notification, only about 1250 orders had been received. On May 6, 2006, the last of a total of 1,270 customer vehicles left the factory in Leipzig. In a report in the Porsche magazine "Christophorus", Porsche itself gives a final production figure of 1282 vehicles. This number also includes all pre -series vehicles and near-series prototypes . The production time for a vehicle was given as 175 hours of pure manual labor.

Technical specifications

The engine compartment
Right front wheel with central lock and ceramic brake disc behind
Vehicle: Carrera GT
Engine:  10-cylinder V-engine (four-stroke), mid-engine , installed lengthways
Displacement:  5733 cc
Bore × stroke:  98.0 x 76.0 mm
Performance at 1 / min:  450 kW (612 hp) at 8000
Max. Torque at 1 / min:  590 Nm at 5750
Max. Speed ​​in 1 / min:  8400
Compression:  12.0: 1
Liter output:  78.5 kW / l (106.7 hp / l)
Valve control:  two overhead camshafts per cylinder bank (chain drive),
four valves per cylinder, operated by bucket tappets
Cooling:  Liquid cooling (cooling system content 28 liters)
Brakes:  internally ventilated ceramic composite brake discs,
ABS and brake force limiters
Front suspension:  Double wishbones
Rear suspension:  Double wishbones
Front and rear suspension:  Spring-damper units operated by push rods and rocker arms
Body:  CFRP monocoque and body,
drag coefficient (C w ): 0.39
Track width front / rear:  1612/1587 mm
Wheelbase 2730 mm
Tires rim:  Forged magnesium wheels (FA: 265/35 ZR19 on 9.5 J × 19 "/ RA: 335/30 ZR20 on 12.5 J × 20")
Dimensions L × W × H:  4613 × 1921 × 1166 mm
Empty weight 1380 kg
Maximum weight allowed:  1630 kg
Top speed:  334 km / h
0-100 km / h: 
3.9 s
0-200 km / h: 
9.9 s
Acceleration + braking
0–200–0 km / h: 
14.1 s
Fuel consumption over 100 km
(Super Plus 98 octane): 
ø 17.8 l

Driving performance (test values)

  • 0–60 km / h 2.06 s
  • 0-80 km / h 2.61 s
  • 0-100 km / h 3.57 s
  • 0–120 km / h 4.33 s
  • 0–140 km / h 5.13 s
  • 0–160 km / h 6.46 s
  • 0–180 km / h 7.59 s
  • 0-200 km / h 9.25 s
  • 400 m with a standing start: 10.97 s
  • 1000 m with standing start: 19.42 s (top speed 284 km / h)
  • Top speed: 334 km / h
  • Braking distance from 100 km / h: 33.5 m
  • Braking time from 200 km / h: 4.8 s
  • Braking distance from 250 km / h: 191 m (deceleration 12.6 m / s²)

In the sport auto test , 0–200 km / h were achieved in 10.2 seconds (with a full tank with a passenger) and a maximum lateral acceleration of 1.35 g. Both on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and on the Hockenheimring, he set new records for street-legal sports cars tested by the magazine.

Carrera GTZ

In 2013, the Italian design office Zagato designed a newly designed body for a Swiss customer for their Carrera GT. The single piece attacks the popular especially in the first half of the 20th century tradition of car body (ger .: Coach Building on). The most noticeable change to the exterior is the redesign of the upper rear section, especially the engine cover. Zagato designed a more flowing roof line with the typical double "humps" that can also be found on all of the bodybuilder's other models. The front and rear aprons, the diffuser and the exhaust pipes have also been slightly redesigned. The technology of the Carrera GTZ was left untouched by Zagato, so the technical data and performance correspond to those of the Carrera GT.


  • With 7: 32.44 minutes for a lap on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring , the Carrera GT briefly set the lap record for street-legal vehicles on this track (from September 21 to October 24, 2004). The pilot in this record drive (average speed: 164 km / h) at low temperatures with wet spots on the road was the editor-in-chief of Sport auto magazine , Horst von Saurma ; he noted that the time "under ideal conditions could certainly be undercut by a good ten seconds". The record was replaced by Michael Düchting in a Donkervoort D8 RS (7: 18.01 minutes).
  • The Carrera GT has no official predecessor; However, in its brochure - as of 09/2000 WVK 178 812 - Porsche itself refers to the 718 RS 60 Spyder and the 910/8 Bergspyder .


  • Elmar Brümmer; Jutta Deiss; Reiner Schloz; Peter Vann (photographer): Porsche Carrera GT. Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-613-02352-0 .
  • Wolfgang König: Test report. In cars, motors and sports. Issue 23/2003, ISSN  0005-0806 .
  • Michael Harnischfeger: The best sports cars 2000–2010. In: Auto Zeitung .

Web links

Commons : Porsche Carrera GT  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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