In the supercar class, the expectation is that every car is going to be amazing. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT embodies an exhilarating blend of racing muscle and sleek sensibilities. It not only meets expectations, it exceeds them.
The engineering of the vehicle give the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT a solid foundation for excellent performance. The Carrera is the first vehicle to introduce carbon-fiber reinforced plastic for the unified chassis and frame assembly in a street-legal car. The total weight of the chassis is just above 220 pounds. This gives it an unparalleled strength and lightness of frame, resulting in breath-stealing acceleration.
The primary allure of the Porsche Carrera GT is that it is fun. The rumble of the engine, the signature Porsche styling, and the swift acceleration combine to exhilarate the driver. Availability is highly limited; during the three year production run, only 1270 units were manufactured at the Leipzig Germany manufacturing facility. Only 604 were originally released to be sold in the United States, making this one rare car.
Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 5.7-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Porsche Carrera GT
Much is the same as the 2004 Porsche Carrera GT; the 2005 introduces an optional limited edition carbon fiber gear knob in addition to the standard beech wood gear knob from the 2004 model.
The exterior of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT is a reinterpretation of the signature Porsche style. The mid-engine architecture is evident in the appearance of the vehicle, pushing the cockpit forward and giving it a very aggressive stance. The air dams and large side inlets are key factors in the look of the vehicle, resulting in a sculptured feel.
The forged magnesium wheels provide excellent durability. They also contribute to the low weight for the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, and match the exotic style of the vehicle. The design is a smooth hybrid of motorsports and luxury. The classic Porsche rear spoiler wing enhances the lines of car while providing additional stability at high speeds.
The leather interior and wood trim of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT give it a luxurious feel. The interior is dominated by high-tech materials such as carbon and magnesium. The seats are made of composite carbon and aramide (Kevlar) fibers with leather upholstery to reduce weight.
A navigation system and Bose audio system are available electronic options. Air-conditioning and a compact disc player are standard. This is a vehicle intended primarily for entertainment with seating for two and 2.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7-liter, V-10 engine, with 604 horsepower and a peak torque of 435 lb-ft of torque. The outstanding feature of the vehicle is its rate of acceleration, going from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. The quick acceleration of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT is enhanced by the clutch system. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch was introduced in the Carrera. The compact size of the two-plate dry clutch serves to lower the center of gravity for the engine and transmission and provide sharp handling.
Power steering assists the driver in staying in control at all times. The steering offers a light touch to a very powerful machine. The suspension is firmly secured to the chassis for safe and secure driving at all speeds. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT uses double-wishbone pushrod axles for both front and rear suspension, which are designed to provide a dynamic response to the road.
Safety features such as front and side airbags are included for both driver and passenger. The vehicle was never tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The driver and passenger seats are both surrounded by steel to offset the carbon-fiber construction. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT is designed to provide maximum visibility through the front and rear windshields and side windows. The wheels are each equipped with a tire-pressure monitoring system, which automatically detects when air pressure is low.
Traction control and a four-channel anti-lock brake system enable the driver to stay in control of the vehicle regardless of road surface or weather conditions. This includes anti-spin control, which is activated automatically as required. Traction control and anti-spin control are optional, at the discretion of the driver.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche Carrera GT: 9/15 mpg city/highway
- Incredible acceleration
- Ease of handling
- Tire repair kit in trunk eliminates need for spare tire
You Won't Like
- High fuel consumption
- Stop and go city driving
A stunning combination of speed and class but comes with a hefty price tag.
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