The female black widow is a highly venomous spider that eats the male after lovemaking. Just like this rather strange animal, the #Porsche Carrera GT is a car that you can have a lot of fun with (Please do not have sexual intercourses with cars), but take it just over the limit, and she will kill you. Isn't that kind of exciting?
The Porsche Carrera GT was born in 2004, and is the ancestor of the 918 Spyder. Just like the 959 before it, the Carrera GT was the pinnacle of technology and engineering. It used a pure carbon fibre monocoque, magnesium transmission tunnel, inboard suspensions or even carbon-ceramic disc brakes. This car was a race car for the road. In fact, the Carrera GT was supposed to be a race car. Let me take you back in 1992, when Porsche was secretly building a V10 engine for Formula 1. Unfortunately, it didn't go through so Porsche decided to focus on a new V10 Le Mans racer 6 years later. But, again, the project got scraped to prioritise the Cayenne. In 2000, the Carrera GT was presented as a concept car, and thanks to money generated by the Cayenne's sales and the growing interest, Porsche produced a road legal version. Only 1270 CGT's made their way to the streets, and it is now one of the most sought-after sports car ever.
I agree, it looks amazing. The performance figures are also quite impressive. The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7l V10 that develops 612hp. Back then it could only be compared to the Enzo from Ferrari, or the Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren. It could go from 0 to 100 kmh in a ballistic 3.9 seconds (Apparently, 3.5 is manageable) and reach 330 kmh. Even by today's standards, it's quite astonishing. The engine, is the one and only V10 ever produced by the firm from Stuttgart and it might make one of the most beautiful noise ever on a production car. Also, it might sound bonkers, but this car came with a manual gearbox and talking about that, the clutch is so fragile that a single mishandled hill start will destroy it. The gear knob is made of beechwood to pay homage to the one used in the 917 Le Mans racers. In addition, you can remove the roof to get this total Formula 1 experience.
Yeah you need some balls and muscles to drive this car. Bare with me when I say that the Carrera GT dangerous capable of making the driver lose control, and sadly Hollywood star Paul Walker from the Fast & Furious saga fatally experienced it in 2013. In fact, Porsche was even sued by the actor's daughter due to a lack of safety features. Bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. However, it is such a rewarding car when you know how to grab it by the horns. It can, actually, be a fun car thanks to the low weight (1427 kg) and super powerful engine. It has the reputation of being a car for skilled drivers that really demands full attention, and we won't argue with that. Which is quite funny when knowing that the 918 Spyder is the safest of the Holy Trinity (Porsche 918 Spyder - Mclaren P1 - Ferrari LaFerrari) with its four wheels drive and panel of technologies that will make the car stick to the road.
So what do we think? This is the last supercar of its kind. It is a purely analog car that shouldn't be put in anybody's hands. It has a stick shift and no stability control, just those two elements say it all about the Carrera GT. It was the best of its era and that maybe justifies its price tag of around CHF 1 Million... And then, in a few years time, when cars will be electric and autonomous, the Porsche Carrera GT will be remembered as one of the true greatest.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/