By   January 26, 2014

Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche 918 Spyder is the most technologically advanced car that the company has made to date. However, not all that long ago it was the Carrera GT that showcased what the engineers at Porsche could do.

The Carrera GT is a fast a beautiful car. Because of its high performance the driver should always respect the car as it can be hard to tame.

Supercars often show us what is possible and the Carrera GT was no exception. The great thing is that a lot of features from supercars eventually make their way down to more affordable sports cars.

Below is our list of the top 5 features from the Porsche Carrera GT that made it down to other sports cars.

  1. Center Console – The sloping center console found in the Carrera GT really sets off the interior. If you own a newer Porsche then your car probably has this design feature. It looks good and really gives the driver that cockpit feeling.
  2. Side Air Intakes – One of the defining styling features of the Carrera GT is the large air intakes located behind the doors. These really gave the car an exotic look. Similar styling can now be seen in the Boxster and Cayman as well as in the 918 Spyder.
  3. Power Domes – The rear humps that cover the Carrera GT’s engine are called Power Domes. While these haven’t been seen on too many other cars, the Boxster Spyder had them as does the new 918 Spyder.
  4. Performance – The Carrera GT set a new standard for Porsche performance. That bar has since been jumped over by higher performance variants of the 911. While the Carrera GT is still a fast car, those of us that buy other cars from the marquee now get performance that is close to or better than the GT.
  5. V10 Engine – While the mid-mounted V10 engine didn’t get inherited by Porsche, two other companies took notice of it. While not the exact same engine as in the Carrera GT, the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo both have featured a V10 variant. The idea for using a V10 instead of a V12 or V8 likely is at least in part due to how good the GT’s engine is.
  • osvolant

    Don’t forget that Chrysler has had a V-10 in the Viper for about twenty years. They’ve also produced a V-10 truck engine, as has Ford, for some years now. To imply that Lambo/Audi (similar engines) were inspired by Porsche’s V-10 is stretching it a bit.

    • David Hurth

      True about the Viper and other American engines. Perhaps I wasn’t as clear as I should have been. I was talking more about the idea of using a V10 in a mid-engined car rather than a front engined car.