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2006-04-26 07:36

The Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT started life as a design study shown at the Paris Salon is 2000, but public reaction was so strong that the firm decided to build it, and the first car was sold in September 2003, with a price tag close to 650 000 euros.

It was initially planned that 1 500 of the 330 km/h car would be built, but Porsche decided to halt production as the car no longer meets US safety regulations for open top sports cars.

The car is also extremely time-consuming, taking 130 man-hours to build, with 45 hours for for the 456 kW V10 engine.

The US was the most important market for the Carrera GT, with more than half its production sold there.

Next up was Germany, with 12 %, followed by the UK, the Middle East, and Japan.

Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking says the Carrera GT did a great job of promoting the Porsche brand, and was well worth the cost.

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