Road Tests Real world tests of Carrera GT vs CLK GTR Straßenversion

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Carrera GT

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Porsche Carrera GT

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Faster top speed 205 mph vs 191 mph 14 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 3,042 lb vs 3,406 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Higher redline 8,400 RPM vs 7,800 RPM Around 10% more revs
Front view of Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Straßenversion

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Much more expensive sticker price $1.547M vs $440k More than 3.5x more expensive harder to own
A lot faster in the quarter mile 9.4 s vs 11.4 s Around 20% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 3.4 s vs 3.9 s Around 15% faster to 60mph
Bigger engine 6,898 cc vs 5,733 cc More than 20% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Carrera GT  vs
CLK GTR Straßenversion 
Brand Porsche Mercedes-Benz
Price 440,000 1,547,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2003-2007 1998

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.97 lb/hp 5.57 lb/hp
Maximum hp 612 HP @ 8,000 RPM 612 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Maximum torque 590 ft-lb @ 5,750 RPM 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM
Max RPM 8,400 RPM 7,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,733 cc 6,898 cc
Cylinders V10 V12
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 12:1 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.9 in / 3 in 3.5 in / 3.64 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,042 lb 3,406 lb
Width 75.6 in 76.8 in
Height 45.7 in 45.8 in
Length 181.5 in 191.1 in
Front track width 63.5 in 63 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in 105.1 in

road tests

Carrera GT  vs
CLK GTR Straßenversion 
Top speed 205 mph 191 mph
1/4 mile 11.4 s 9.4 s
0-60mph 3.9 s 3.4 s
0-100mph 7.1 s 5.7 s
Drag coefficient 0.4 25

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD Mid Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.2:1
2: 1.87:1
3: 1.36:1
4: 1.07:1
5: 0.9:1
6: 0.75:1
Axle ratio 3.3:1 2.88:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Porsche 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Disc
Rear brakes Porsche 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Disc
Front wheels 265/35 19 457/? 559
Rear wheels 335/30 20 457/? 660
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