The first Porsche Carrera GT rolled off the production line in Leipzig, Germany about thirteen years ago. It's "old news" by any measure, yet when new Carrera GT content becomes available enthusiasts everywhere go all slack-jawed once again.
The Evo video below is the most recent example. After just 3 days online it's on track to surpass the popularity of any recent Evo YouTube content.
Perhaps it's because many consider the Carrera GT the last vestige, and preeminent example of the analog supercar.
Attributes like its legitimately race-bred engine and indescribably cool beechwood shifter just add to the immense allure.
Also contributing to the Carrera GT's continued relevance: It's right there in terms of outright, objective performance with some of world's current best.
Lap times like 1:08.6 at Hockenheim (short), 1:19.8 on the Top Gear test track, and 7:28.71 at the Nurburgring may seem a bit behind the times at first glance, but not when full information is considered.
And so theoretically, if shod with the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, or another modern streetable track tire like the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R, the Carrera GT would have no problem keeping pace with the 488 GTB, 991 GT3 RS, McLaren 675LT, Aventador, and others around many tracks.
Pretty remarkable considering the age of the chassis, and the fact that the Carrera GT requires real shifting activities unlike virtually all of the cars further up the track time charts.
For some more Carrera GT fanboyism, and to read about what happened when the Carrera GT showed up to a local HPDE/track day, check out this post: Let's go full nerd on the Porsche Carrera GT.