911 Carrera T Revealed
Porsche has revived the T badge last seen on a 911 in the 1970s. The ’T’, standing for ‘Touring’, reappears on a pared-back 991, the new Carrera T, which follows in the tyre tracks of the 911 R through a firm focus on purity and driving pleasure. Its 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine produces 370hp, the same as the entry-level Carrera coupé, yet it is coupled to a close-ratio seven-speed manual gearbox (PDK is optional) and mechanical limited slip differential. Saving weight in several areas over its Carrera siblings, the Carrera T seats just two passengers and overall is 20kgs lighter than a ‘normal’ Carrera. It employs lightweight glass on the rear and rear quarter windows, fabric door pulls replace traditional handles inside. Sound absorbing material has also been reduced, and customers can opt to delete the Porsche Communication System (PCM).
The new model’s chassis comes with PASM, usually not available on the 991 Carrera coupé, lowering the car by 10mm, the Sport Chrono Package, including different driving modes selectable via the wheel-mounted rotary dial with which we are now familiar. Optional rear axle steering, also typically unavailable on the Carrera, is also a optional feature. Though its power and torque (332 lb ft) output is unchanged, the Carrera T can sprint to 62mph in 4.5-seconds, that’s 0.1-seconds quicker than a common-or-garden Carrera. Cars equipped with a PDK automatic transmission can reach 62mph in 4.2-seconds, no matter your gearbox preference the Carrera T can hit 180mph. Porsche claims fuel consumption of 33.2mpg (combined), with emissions of 193 grams per kilometre.
There are nine available colours for the new model, solid hues include; Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue – Carrera White, Jet Black and GT Silver metallic colours are also available. Several styling cues serve to set the Carrera T apart. Amongst them a Turbo-style fixed front lip spoiler, its Sport Design wing mirrors are painted Agate Grey, so too the car’s badging on its rump and decals along its flanks. The 20-inch wheels are Carrera S items finished in Titanium Grey, the tailpipes, which belong to the standard issue Sports exhaust system, are painted black.
The model’s short ratio gearbox is complimented by a shortened gear lever with its pattern highlighted in red, black Sport Tex fabric adorns the centre of the car’s seats, which are four-way adjustable and feature a ‘911’ logo stitched into the headrest, though bucket seats are optional. A GT sports steering wheel was to be expected, though unique features come as part of the ’T interior package’, which can be employed to create coloured accents throughout the cabin (seat belts, headrest logos, fabric door pulls and seat centres) in either yellow, red or silver.
The 911 Carrera T is available to order now priced at £85,576, that’s £7,685 dearer than a base specification Carrera, which might well ensure the Carrera T becomes a popular model amongst true Porsche enthusiasts. First deliveries are expected in January and we’ll bring you a road test report as soon as possible.