Porsche 911 Carrera T Is Lean and Mean


Porsche has priced the 911 Carrera T at just over £85k in the United Kingdom, representing a £12k jump in price over the standard Carrera.

This is why Porsche periodically offers lightweight versions of its 718 and 911 models. The recipe apparently works in 2017 as well, which is why the T version is slightly lighter and offers shorter ratios for the manual transmission as well as a mechanical rear differential lock. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is also standard, dropping the ride height and firming up the tuning.

In keeping with the "pure" brief, the 911's seven-speed manual is standard, with a shortened lever for an even more precise feeling shift.

With Porsche adding lightweight glass and taking away much of the sound proofing as well as the rear seats and communication system, this vehicle is built to offer an involving, visceral driving experience that harks back to older Porsche models.

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IF YOU were being unkind, the new 911 T from Porsche could be viewed as the poor man's 911 R. A sport exhaust system with black exhaust tips accents the various paint options, which include Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White, and Miami Blue, along with metallic colors Carrera White, Jet Black, and GT Silver. Porsche is also offering this model with a PDK (Porsche-Doppelkupplung) semi-automatic twin-clutch gearbox, which hits a top track speed of 180 miles per hour but accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds, using the standard launch control feature.

At 1425kg the Carrera T weighs approximately 20kg less than an equivalent 911 Carrera. Carrera T buyers choose between a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission (PDK). To cut weight the conventional door openers have been replaced by door opener loops. With 365bhp and 332lb ft on tap, 0-62mph is a tenth quicker than the regular Carrera at 4.5sec - thanks largely to the shorter final drive.

Inside is quite refined with black sports seats with "911" stitched into the headrest, GT sports leather steering wheel and contrasting colour trim for the seats, seatbelts and door finish.

Like the original, the modern 911 T, which starts delivery next March, starts off life as a base 911 but is then put through a weight-loss program. Top speed is beyond 180mph.