Porsche Carrera GT

Surprising interest in the Carrera concept car and an influx of cash being generated by the Cayenne pushed Porsche to make use of the car for production purposes. Development started on a road-legal version that would later be manufactured in small numbers at Porsche's new assembly facility in Leipzig. Porsche started a production run of Carrera GTs in 2004, and was shipping the units with a nice price tag of $440,000. Further, the dealer invoice price was approximately $414,800. Then, add to that, the delivery charge of as much as $15,000. Needless to say, this was not a cheap vehicle. But, that did not seem to matter as the first Carrera GT went on sale in the United States on Jan 31, 2004. The original Carrera GT's development can be traced back to some Porsche racing cars that had ended after the 1998 year. Porsche at the time was planning on a new Le Mans prototype for 1999. The car was initially designed to use a turbocharged flat-6, but was later redesigned to use a new V10 engine. This further pushed the project back to 2000. The V10 engine was a unit secretly built by Porsche for the Footwork Formula One team in 1992, but was later shelved for reasons unstated. The engine was brought back for the Le Mans concept car and was increased in size to 5.5 liters. The project was sadly halted before the first car was completed in the middle of 1999. This was mostly due to Porsche's desire to build the Cayenne SUV, which included involvement from Volkswagen and Audi. Porsche did however keep part of the project alive by using the 5.7L V10 from the concept car in a prototype car shown at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show. This was done mainly in an attempt to draw attention to their display. It seemed to work, as the rest is history.