Here we go, another new 911. Don’t let that tone misdirect you thought, it’s a good one, you’ll like it, it’s just there’s a lot of models to keep track of. But this is definitely one to take notice of, the new 911 Carrera T.
Taking a page from the book of the highly acclaimed 911 R and the recently unveiled GT3 Touring, Porsche has taken a 911 Carrera Coupe and made it lighter and sportier. The 911 Carrera T (the ‘T’ stands for Touring) comes with a proper manual gearbox, a standard mechanical rear differential lock and PASM Sport Suspension that makes it sit 10mm lower. Porsche even offers rear-axle steering if you ask for it. The weight shedding involves lightweight glass for the rear and rear-side windows, door straps instead of handles, no rear seats, and reduction in sound-deadening materials. All for a total of 20kg drop making it the lightest model in the Carrera lineup. Touring, huh?
The power unit remains unchanged with the standard turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six that makes 365bhp and 450Nm of twist with the torque spread between 1750rpm and 5000rpm. The 7-speed manual transmission with a shorter constant transaxle ratio and the rear-differential lock gets the new Carrera T to 100kph from a standstill in 4.3 seconds says Porsche. You can opt for the PDK transmission in pursuit of better acceleration which will also offer launch control to help it to do 0-100kph in 4.0-seconds but you will max out at 289kph instead of the 293kph limit with the manual box claims Porsche.
In the cockpit, you will find a leather-bound GT sports steering wheel, contrast stitching across the black dash and the lightweight, adjustable seats with the 911 logo on the headrests and a shortened gear lever in manual -transmission spec. Porsche calls it a ‘purist interior concept’. The 2018 911 Carrera T rides on 20-inch wheels painted in Titanium Grey while the louvres of that rear decklid grill are finished in Agate Grey. The Sport Exhaust System is standard while the car is available in a host of colours: Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White, Miami Blue; and metallic colours such as Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.
Check out this cool video that Porsche released with the new 911 Carrera T announcement:
Take a closer look at the new Porsche 911 Carrera T in the gallery below: