Technology in mind, the GT's aluminum body panels are held firmly in place by a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque
|Words hardly do justice to what might be the most beautifully styled and impressively engineered sports car every created. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press) |
and sub-frame. The engine is also an integral part of the structure, much like a race replica motorcycle uses its engine as part of its frame. Each element works in concert to provide high levels of body rigidity and minimized weight, critical for achieving the car's hyperactive performance.
While I never saw it, Porsche has designed a two-piece roof for the GT from carbon-fibre. Weighing only 2.4 kilos apiece, they store up front in the trunk.
In the end I'm at a loss to say anything more (a rare occasion indeed), as words hardly do justice to what might be the most beautifully styled and impressively engineered sports car every created. It's at the top of my list of cars I'd buy if money were no object.
- Price Range (MSRP): $550,000 ($440,000 USD)
- Body Type: 2-door convertible
- Layout: mid-engine, RWD
- Engine: 605 hp, 437 lb-ft of torque, 5.7L, 40-valve, DOHC V10
- Transmission: 6-spd manual
- Performance (0 - 100 km/h): 3.9 seconds
- Brakes (front/rear): disc/disc, ABS
- Curb Weight: 1,380 kg (3,042 lbs)
- Warranty (mo/km): 48/80,000 comprehensive
- Direct Competitors: Dodge Viper, Bugatti Veyron*, Ferrari Enzo**, Ford GT, Koenigsegg CCR, Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster, Mercedes-Benz SLR
- Web Site: www.porsche.com
*Note: depicts cars not yet available
**Note: depicts cars now out of production