For 2005, the very limited-edition Porsche Carrera GT gains a glass screen mounted between the supplemental safety bars, a seat-height adjustment feature, an additional seat cushion in the thigh area, the chassis number imprinted on the magnesium cover of the centre console, a battery trickle-charger as standard equipment and new interior and exterior colour options.

Only 1,500 of these supercars are scheduled for production, with about half of them destined for North America.

The Carrera GT features a V10 engine, a six-speed manual transmission with the first ceramic composite clutch used in a production car, ceramic brakes with six-piston callipers front and rear, carbon-reinforced body, and monocoque chassis. A rear wing rises 160 mm at speeds over 120 km/h and lowers again below 80 km/h. Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFP) is used for the chassis, including the windshield frame, supplemental safety bar system, engine and transmission support frame, doors, hood, fenders and underfloor tray.

The five-spoke wheels, 19 inches in front and 20 inches in rear, are the first production car application of forged magnesium wheels, which are 25 per cent lighter than cast aluminum wheels.

Inside, the Carrera GT features leather seats with manual adjusters (electric motors would add unnecessary weight, the company says), air conditioning, a navigation system, Bose audio system, and a five-piece luggage set matched to the car’s interior colour and designed so that each piece fits in a specific storage area.

With its racing heritage, 605 hp engine and a basic chassis that weighs just 100 kg, the Carrera GT can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, reach 160 km/h in less than seven seconds, 200 km/h in under ten seconds, and can achieve a top speed of 330 km/h.

The Carrera GT is built in Leipzig, Germany.

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