The ‘T’ stands for Touring, and this one is for the purists – Porsche’s retrospective 911 Carrera T aims to relive the old-world charm of the 911 T from 1968, while cranking-up the driving pleasure, courtesy of reduced weight, shorter transmission ratios for the manual gearbox and mechanical differential lock on the rear axle.
The latest model is based on the 911 Carrera which is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six which delivers 370 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm.
Thanks to a shorter rear axle ratio and mechanical differential lock, the 911 Carrera T sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the 911 Carrera Coupé. The model reaches 200 km/h in just 15.1 seconds.
The Porsche PDK auto is also available as an option on the Carrera T, enabling the vehicle to reach 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, and 200 km/h in 14.5 seconds. Both transmission variants enable a top speed of over 290 km/h.
Power is unchanged from the Carrera model, however, the power-to-weight ratio is improved thanks to some weight reduction measures, such as lightweight glass for the rear and rear-side windows, door straps in place of handles and less sound absorption materials.
The Carrera T also features a sports exhaust system as standard, with centrally positioned tailpipes.
The Carrera T also boasts several other equipment features that are not available for the 911 Carrera, including the PASM sports chassis as standard, lowered by 20 mm and the weight-optimised 'Sport Chrono' package. The rear-axle steering, which is also fitted on the 911 GT3, is available as an option for the 911 Carrera T.
The rear seats have been omitted along with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), though both are still available on request at no additional cost. The Carrera T weighs in at an unladen weight of 1,425 kg, some 20 kgs lighter than an equivalent Carrera model.
The Carrera T’s exterior is highlighted by a functional front spoiler lip and exterior mirrors are painted in Agate Grey Metallic. The car also wears 20-inch Carrera S wheels in Titan Grey. Agate Grey also features on the model badging on the flanks and rear boot lid of the Carrera T. Round the back, the sports tailpipes have been finished in black.
On the inside – the Carrera T’s retrospective treatment continues with the ‘Sport-Tex’ fabric on the seat centers. Likewise, the headrests feature a “911” logo stitched in black. Full bucket seats are also optionally offered for the first time. The Carrera T is finished off with the GT sports steering wheel in leather and a shortened shift lever with red shift pattern graphics.
The 911 Carrera T will be available from Europe January 2018 onwards, priced at EUR 107,553 inclusive taxes and the standard features package.