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You might think that a car discontinued some 13 years ago would not be of interest to tuners anymore, but the Carrera GT is no ordinary car. Porsche built 1,270 examples of its naturally aspirated masterpiece, with the final example rolling off the assembly line at the factory in Leipzig, Germany back in May 2006. Years later, owners of the 918 Spyder's predecessor are still handing over their cars to aftermarket specialists to upgrade what, some refer to as, the very last analogue supercar.
Stuggart-based Gemballa GmbH has been tuning and creating dramatic Porsches for nearly 40 years now so it's only natural that they would turn their attention to the Carrera GT and the Mirage GT was the result. The idea was to build 25 of these Carrera GT developments and 25 customers were duly persuaded to bring along their beloved Carrera GTs and a substantial quantity of Euros to become the owner of a new Mirage GT.
Naturally, with a project of this nature, a significant amount of the final specification is dependent on the customers' preferences and in this case, number 25/25, no expense appears to have been spared. Gemballa has been somewhat discreet about the 1,000 hours of work that went into Number 25 other than saying it now offers a "dream combination of carbon fibre, leather, and Alcantara". An important upgrade, however, is in the engine bay where the 5.7-litre engine has been massaged to deliver 661 horsepower or a healthy 58bhp over the standard model. Torque has also been bumped from the original 435 pound-feet (590 Newton-meters) to 465 lb-ft (630 Nm). The power gains might not be all that impressive, but let’s keep in mind that we’re dealing with an engine lacking forced induction. Gemballa generated the extra power after installing a custom air intake, a new stainless steel exhaust system, and catalytic converters. They’ve also remapped the ECU of Porsche’s glorious high-revving V10 engine. With the updates in place, the Mirage GT arrives at 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in only 3.7 seconds or two-tenths of a second quicker than the standard car. Top speed exceeds 208 mph (335 kph) or a little bit higher than Porsche’s quoted 205 mph (330 kph) – not too shabby for a supercar launched in 2003.
The interior has also been subjected to a few changes, with this particular car’s owner deciding to go with Alcantara for nearly all of the visible surfaces. There’s also generous use of carbon fibre, along with contrasting Lemon Yellow stitching and a modified rev counter with the same vibrant hue shared with the gear shift pattern on the centre console and the seat belts. The yellow accents are also much in evidence on the outside where the brake calipers are finished in the same shade, much like the Mirage GT lettering, the headlights, and the engine cover.
Needless to say, the most visible change is represented by the more aggressive body kit encompassing a massive fixed rear wing replacing the standard retractable spoiler. Other modifications worth mentioning include the front spoiler lip, roof scoop, beefy side skirts, and the quad exhausts further denoting that this isn’t your plain Carrera GT.
Dating originally from 2005, number 25/25 is left-hand drive and is finished in what appears to be a lovely shade of Porsche 'Sportclassic Grey' with those Lemon Yellow touches and presents superbly. We understand that it has only covered 710km and is fitted with air conditioning, Xenons, ABS, ESP, cruise control and parking sensors.
Absolutely remarkable and you won't see another one.