May 10, 2006

Porsche ends Carrera GT production

Porsche Carrera GT 2005
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Atlanta, Georgia – Production of the Porsche Carrera GT finished on May 6, 2006, bringing an end to the latest of the company’s ultra-exclusive and ultra-performance vehicles. The Carrera GT was introduced in late 2003 and was built at Porsche’s facility in Leipzig, Germany.

More than 1,270 of the V10-powered GT models were sold, with 604 in North America, more than the total production of the McLaren F1, Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda models combined.

The Carrera GT evolved from a 5.5-litre V10 engine program originally developed for endurance competition; it was enlarged to 5.7 for the production car, which produces 605 hp routed through the first production Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch. The GT’s monocoque chassis is constructed from bonded layers of carbon fibre tissue, resin, and aluminum and plastic honeycomb materials and weighs just over 100 kg. The GT is capable of zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, with a top test-track speed of 330 km/h. The Carrera GT sold for US$440,000.

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