New Porsche 911 Carrera T launched – a more focused 911 at a lower price

Based on the standard 911 Carrera, the new Porsche 911 Carrera T raises standard equipment levels and lowers weight

Porsche will be expanding its 911 Carrera line-up with a new model, the Carrera T. Inspired by the 1968 911 T, this new 911 variant is designed to offer a more focused driving experience than its Carrera and Carrera S siblings, without the six-figure price tag and exclusivity of the more serious GT3.

The Carrera T shares its 3-litre flat-six turbocharged engine with the standard Carrera, producing 365bhp and a stout 332lb ft of torque. Addressing one of our criticisms of the current 911, the Carrera T features a seven-speed manual gearbox with shorter ratios, bringing down the Carrera T’s 62mph sprint to 4.5sec, a tenth faster than standard. Those not interested in a manual can still specify a PDK gearbox.

> Click here for our review of the Porsche 911 GT3

But the Carrera T’s extra focus and performance is not just down to the modified gearbox as it also inherits some GT3-style weight reduction, such as thinner rear and side glass and the option to delete the sound system. Peer inside and you’ll also spot the fabric door pulls, some bespoke textile sports seats and colour-matched stitching in one of three shades. The result is a kerb weight of 1425kg, some 20kg less than the standard Carrera. Porsche will also offer the same “full bucket” seats available on the GT3 as an option, another feature denied to buyers of other 911s.

Standard on the Carrera T are PASM Sport adaptive dampers with a 10mm drop in ride height, the Sport Chrono pack and Porsche’s Sports Exhaust system with centrally mounted outlets. Four-wheel steering can be added as an option, and a mechanical limited-slip diff is another standard fit item. 

To the untrained eye, the Carrera T will probably slip under the radar visually, with the only bespoke external styling features being agate grey detailing and a deeper front splitter. The T is otherwise just like a normal Carrera, save for the standard fit 20-inch wheels and optional graphics package.

> Click here for our review of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche has priced the 911 Carrera T at just over £85k in the UK, representing a £8k jump over the standard Carrera. Specify a standard Carrera to this level and even without the bespoke components and PASM Sport (which is not available on a standard Carrera), and you’ll be over the 911 T's £85k asking price.

Available to order now, the Carrera T will reach customers in January of 2018.

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