The Porsche Carrera GT | Part Eight

The Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT

Specifications Carrera GT*
  • Open two-seater with two-piece CFP shell roof, mid-engine, monocoque structure with CFP chassis and modular frame, fullsize front and side airbags for both driver and passenger, luggage compartment at the front, fuel tank behind passenger cell, automatic speed positioning rear wing.
Drag resistance: Cd = 0.39
  • Power unit: V10 normally aspirated engine with 68 deg cylinder angle, closed-deck light-alloy crankcase with nickel/silicon liners, titanium connecting rods, light-alloy cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder, four overhead camshafts, variable valve timing (infinite VarioCam control) on the intake side, mechanical valve play compensation, dry sump lubrication, twin-chamber exhaust system with one three-way catalytic converter on each side, four oxygen sensors for fuel/air mixture control and diagnosis, on-board diagnostic system, ME 7.1.1 engine management, electronic ignition with solid-state distributor (10 coils), sequential multi-point fuel injection, E-gas.
Bore 98 mm (3.86 ins)
Stroke 76 mm (2.99 ins)
Capacity 5733cc
Compression ratio 12.0 : 1
Engine output 450kW (612 bhp) at 8000rpm
Max torque 590Nm (435 lb-ft) at 5750rpm
Output per litre 78.5kW (106.73 bhp)
Max engine speed 8400 rpm
Fuel grade Premium plus (98/88 RON/MON) unleaded
Electrical system 12 V, 2100 W alternator, battery capacity either 60 Ah or, with air conditioning, 80 Ah

* Specifications may vary from country to country

Power transmission

  • Engine and gearbox bolted together to form one drive unit, double drive shafts acting on the rear wheels, PCCC Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch, manual six-speed gearbox.

Gear ratios

  • 1st 3.20
  • 2nd 1.87
  • 3rd 1.36
  • 4th 1.07
  • 5th 0.90
  • 6th 0.75
  • Reverse 2.19
  • Final drive ratio: 4.44
  • Clutch diameter 169 mm (6.65 ins)


  • Front axle: Double track control arm with spring/damper unit operated by pushrods and anti-roll bar, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering.

Rear axle

  • Double track control arm with spring/damper unit operated by pushrods and anti-roll bar, one cylindrical coil spring per wheel with co-axial gas pressure damper fitted inside the spring.


  • Twin-circuit ABS brake system, six-piston aluminium monobloc brake callipers front and rear, composite ceramic brake discs with integral cooling ducts, brake disc diameter 380 mm (14.96") front and rear (PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes), hydraulic brake servo.

Wheels and tyres

  • Forged magnesium wheels with central bolt
  • Front 9.5J x 19 on 265/35 ZR 19
  • Rear 12.5J x 20 on 335/30 ZR 20


  • Unladen DIN 1380 kg (3043 lb)
  • Max permissible 1600 kg (3528 lb)
Length 4613 mm (181.6 ins)
Width 1921 mm (75.6 ins)
Height 1166 mm (45.9 ins)
Wheelbase 2730 mm (107.5 ins)
Track front 1612 mm (63.5 ins)
  rear 1587 mm (62.5 ins)
Luggage comp capacity, VDA total 76 litres
Fuel tank capacity 92 litres (20.24 Imzp gals)
Top speed 330 km/h (205 mph)
Acceleration (sec)  
0 – 100 km/h 3.9
0 – 160 km/h 6.9
0 – 200 km/h 9.9
Standing-start km 20.0
Fuel consumption* (EU standard)  
Combined 17.8 litres/15.9 mpg
Urban 28.3 litres/10.0 mpg
Extra-urban 11.7 litres/24.1 mpg
CO2 emissions* (EU standard): 429 g/km
Published 1 June 2004 Melanie Carter

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