This is probably an eyebrow-raising moment for Porsche fans, who know that production of the Carrera GT started in 2003, and 2020 minus 2003 equals 17 – so, how is it 20 years old?
The study was based on a new racecar that was supposed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was completed in 1998, had a V10 engine, carbon fiber chassis and was known internally as the 9R3. Porsche decided not to return to the legendary race, but the idea to create a supercar based on the unique V10 engine was not shelved, and three years later, the production version debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.
Walter Rohrl driving the Porsche Carrera GT Concept in Paris, on the morning of September 28, 2000
The Carrera GT was the world’s first car to feature a ceramic two-plate dry clutch, and it also had ceramic brake discs, double-wishbone pushrod axles with separate guidance and suspension, lightweight seat shells and a monocoque chassis. The engine’s displacement was increased from the concept’s 5.5 to 5.7 liters, and the car tipped the scales at just 1,380 kg (3,042 lbs).
Hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox, the naturally aspirated V10 produced 612 PS (603 HP / 450 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 590 Nm (435 lb-ft) of torque at 5,750 rpm. This rocketed the Carrera GT to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).
From 2003 to 2006, 1,270 units were produced in Leipzig, and back in the day, it had a starting price of €452,690 (equal to $533,895 at the current exchange rates).
Two decades after the Carrera GT was shown in Paris, Porsche wanted to recreate that moment, yet the current global situation prevented them from doing so. Thus, instead of the French capital city, they took it to the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Germany, which is where some of the following images were snapped.