A Porsche Plus
Though it went out of production less than a decade ago, the Porsche Carrera GT has already become a collectible, in part because during its run from 2004 to 2007 only 1,270 examples were built. Rarer still is the Gemballa Mirage GT Carbon Edition (gemballa.us), a car based on the Carrera GT that offers even greater performance. Gemballa, a German automobile manufacturer that makes exclusive sports cars developed from the Porsche and McLaren model ranges, plans to build only 25 Mirage GT vehicles in any specification, including the Carbon Edition. The Carbon Edition’s $300,000 base price does not include the cost of the Porsche with which Gemballa begins the building process. The hood, fenders, roof air intake, side skirts, rear diffuser, and most other body parts are rendered in carbon fiber and reshaped for improved aerodynamics, as assessed by wind-tunnel testing. Gemballa also increases the V-10 engine’s output to 670 hp, giving the car a top speed of more than 208 mph.