Dream Garage: Porsche Carrera GT
The first memory I have of Porsche’s exotic is this: I was driving around the Orange County suburb of Irvine at roughly 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday with almost nobody on the road. In front of me, at a stoplight, were two V10 supercars revving their engines and ready to bolt. One was a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo, and the other, a silver Porsche Carrera GT. As soon as I heard the throaty bellow of those massive 10 cylinder, mid-engined coupes, I was hooked. The light turned green, they both sped away with exhaust notes trumpeting the departure of two of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, while I was stuck with the less-than-ideal combination of piss poor fuel economy and tepid performance of my 2000 Mustang. One day, I thought. One day. Now the Carrera GT is mine, albeit in my non-physical Dream Garage, and one day I will break it out of its fantastical state.
Unlike the normal Carrera, the GT carries the engine between axles for balancing reasons. Porsche signature designs like the sloped hood make the GT resemble sort of a stretched 911, but the double humps behind driver and passenger make it clear that this is no common Carrera. Although technically a convertible, so much is going on behind the cockpit that the car really is more like a targa. Let’s talk about that passenger compartment for a second here…
Amazing, absolutely incredible. The Carrera GT is loaded with a pair of maybe my favorite seats of all time. Look at how deep the buckets sink in, and how much lateral support there is. Just look.
Those seats are made for astronaut centrifuge training, not for use in passenger automobiles, but Porsche convinced NASA to sell them the seats. Probably. And those pedals! ARGGHHH! Those are floor mounted aluminum cornstalks sticking straight up, just aching to be mashed by a pair of Pilotis. The wooden shift knob placed way high up on the center stack. The grate on the right side for the passenger’s feet to rest. Steering wheel thankfully devoid of a mess of buttons. The interior is such a nice, inviting place to be, even with a raucous V10 snarling behind your head.
There’s not a thing going on with the Carrera GT that isn’t cool. It’s got an exotic engine outputting more than 600hp, Porsche looks, and balanced weight distribution that puts the 911 to shame. Unfortunately, with supercar performance comes a supercar price. Originally going for around $500,000, they are usually found online at 3/4 the price. The deprecation isn’t terrible, but what does price matter in the Dream Garage? Almost everything in there is some sort of ridiculous car or another, usually low production models that spark something primal in the hearts of their owners. For me, seeing a Carrera GT race that Gallardo in the misty morning in Irvine tapped into my animalistic hunger for raw power and speed. That’s what makes it speak to me, and that’s why it belongs in the Dream Garage.
Photos courtesy of Porsche