Want a lightweight 911 for daily and think the GT3 is just that little bit too harsh? Well, Porsche have just the solution for you: 911 Carrera T. And in case you were wondering, that’s “T” for Touring and not Turbo (since all base 911s are now turbocharged anyway). In homage to the 911 T from 1968, the all-new 911 Carrera T boasts less weight, shorter ratios for the manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive with mechanical differential lock.
The base of the 911 T is the standard Carrera 2, so you still get a hearty 370 hp and 450 Nm, good for a 4.5 second century sprint (quicker by 0.1 second than the standard car). PDK is also available as an option, shaving some tenths off the sprint times. Both transmissions hit a vmax of over 290 km/h. Standard equipment now includes PASM sport chassis which allows the driver to lower the car by a further 20mm, a shortened shift lever with red shift pattern and Sport-Tex seat centres. Rear-axle steering, which isn’t available for the 911 Carrera, is available as an option for the 911 Carrera T.
At this point, you’re probably wondering where Porsche have trimmed the fat. Well, the rear window and rear side windows are made from lightweight glass and the door trims feature opening loops. There’s less sound absorption (good for more growly in-cabin experience) and the rear seats and Porsche Communication Management (PCM) have been deleted. If that doesn’t stroke your fancy, don’t worry as the rear seats and PCM can be added back on at no additional cost. Just how much weight has been shaved off, you ask? If you go with the purest 911 T, you’ll end up with a car that is 20 kgs lighter than a 911 Carrera, with standard equipment.
The 911 Carrera T will be available from January 2018 and can be pre-ordered in now, with a base price of €107,553 (RM535,803). If we’re honest, this is unlikely to ever hit our shores. Still, interesting car or do you think Porsche has come up with too many 911 variants already?