For 2006, the very limited-edition Porsche Carrera GT is a carryover from 2005. In the U.S., dealers will sell off the rest of their 2005 inventory; for Canada, the models have been reassigned 2006 designations. Only about 1,500 copies of the supercar were scheduled for production, with about half of them destined for North America, and the 2006 offerings are the last of them. The cost varies with the exchange rate, as they are priced in U.S. dollars.

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 calipers 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.

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