Dream Garage: Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT Front

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.

Porsche Carrera GT Rear

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.

Porsche Carrera GT Seats

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.

Porsche Carrera GT Pedals

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

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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