Some say it’s the last true analogue car while others claim it is one of the best-sounding supercars out there. We might add it’s also gorgeous from every possible while being a coupe and convertible rolled into one thanks to the removable targa roof. Yes, we’re talking about the Porsche Carrera GT, but these images are not showing a standard version of the mid-engined V10 machine.
Out of the 1,270 cars produced, only this one received the GT-R treatment. It’s not a factory conversion as the transition to a track car was done by GPR Racing without impacting the supercar’s road-legal status. The original owner from Belgium acquired the car back in 2005 and spent an extra €220,000 (about £200,000 in today’s money) for the track-ready upgrades.
Gallery: 2005 Porsche Carrera GT-R for sale
The list of modifications is quite extensive and includes everything from AP Racing brakes to a new Motec control unit, while a high-performance clutch was also added. The Carrera GT-R rides on magnesium BBS wheels and boasts an air jack system, along with a stripped-out interior with a roll cage, custom pedals, and an automatic fire extinguishing system.
The car’s owner actually wanted to take the Carrera GT-R racing in the World Endurance Championship, but it never happened due to FIA’s rules. In other words, the one-off CGTR suffered from the same fate as Porsche’s own LMP2000, a race car known internally as the “9R3” completed in 1998 and developed to race at Le Mans. Porsche never got to take the car to Circuit de la Sarthe, but the project continued as a road-going Carrera GT with a naturally aspirated V10.
The GT-R listing on Mechatronik says the track-ready supercar boasts 650 bhp, which represents a significant improvement over the regular Carrera GT with its 5.7-litre rated at 612 bhp (450 kW). Recently serviced, the one-of-one machine has only had one owner and is looking for a new home after being driven for merely 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles).
Price? Prepare to shell out €849,000, so about £770,000 at current exchange rates.
Source: Mechatronik via Motor Authority