Let Jay Leno show you why the Porsche Carrera GT is still a special supercar.
The Porsche Carrera GT has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous road cars ever made. Tragically, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed in 2013 when his friend lost control of a Carrera GT. Before then, Jay Leno spun out in a Carrera GT at Talladega at nearly 200 mph, but this didn't stop him from enjoying driving the mid-engine sports car for many years. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Leno gives us a close look at his personal Porsche Carrera GT that he has owned for almost 17 years.
1,270 examples of the Carrera GT were built between 2003 and 2007. When it launched, the Carrera GT would set you back around $450,000, but used examples now typically fetch around $1 million.
Powering the Carrera GT is a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V10 originally developed for Le Mans racing developing 603 horsepower. That may sound tame compared to modern supercars, but the Carrera GT only weighs 3,000 pounds. It also sounds heavenly. Nearly 20 years after it launched, the Carrera GT is still one of the best-sounding supercars of all time, up there with the Lexus LFA. If you've never heard this sweet V10 sing before, your ears are in for a treat.
But with over 600 horsepower being sent to the rear wheels and no stability control, the Carrera GT is a handful to drive and, as Leno once discovered, can bite if you're not careful.
As much as Leno loves his Carrera GT, he has encountered several issues over the years. Around two and a half years after he bought it, the shock absorbers failed, causing the car to jump from lane to lane.
A cable also wasn't connected to the battery properly at the factory. When trying to set a speed record at Tallegada, Leno also lost control on a straight at 191 mph when he lifted off the throttle too quickly, causing the car to spin several times. But when handled correctly, the Carrera GT is still thrilling to drive nearly 20 years later.