Journal of the Classics – Porsche 911 Carrera T, the new sports car as light as a feather

Porsche adds the lightweight sports car, the 911 Carrera T, to the 911 family. The letter “T” stands for “Touring” and describes models that offer a purist driving experience with exceptionally sporty equipment. The 911 T is fitted as standard with a seven-speed manual gearbox. It is also available with the eight-speed PDK transmission. The rear seats are omitted. With a 10 mm lower PASM sports suspension and reduced insulation, the new 911 Carrera T is the epitome of purism and driving pleasure. You can feel it on twisty mountain roads – and you can hear it too. The sound of the six-cylinder boxer engine is now even more present inside the vehicle.

PASM sports chassis and Sport Chrono package as standard

The new 911 Carrera T is positioned between the 911 Carrera and the 911 Carrera S. The Carrera T is equipped with a biturbo engine of 283 kW (385 hp) and 450 Nm, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 291 km/h. It also has the standard equipment of the Carrera S with a manual transmission reinforced by Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock. The 911 Carrera T also comes standard with the Sport Chrono Package and PASM sports suspension (-10mm), features only offered by the Carrera T in combination with the 385 hp engine. This is available as an option on the 911 Carrera S. On request, the Carrera T can be ordered with the optional steered rear axle, normally reserved for the Carrera S and higher models.

The specific equipment of the “T” includes 20 and 21 inch Carrera S rims in titanium gray, with 245/35 R 20 tires at the front and 305/30 R 21 at the rear. The 911 Carrera T is also fitted as standard with the GT sports steering wheel, a sports exhaust system and Sports Plus seats (four-way, electric). At just 1,470 kilograms, the 911 Carrera T with manual transmission is the lightest entry-level 911, 35 kilograms lighter than the 911 Carrera with eight-speed PDK as standard. On the 911 Carrera, the manual transmission is no longer available. In addition to omitted rear seats and reduced insulation, lightweight glass and a lightweight battery further reduce the overall weight.

Successful Touring concept on several model ranges

The “T” in the name Porsche 911 Carrera T stands for “Touring” and dates back to the homologation of the 911 T as a “touring car” in 1968. The first 911 T was marketed until 1973 and, in 2017 , Porsche took over the purist variant of the 911 with the 911 Carrera T of the 991 generation. Since then, the lightweight yet exceptionally sporty configuration concept has been successfully introduced in other model lines with the 718 Cayman T, the 718 Boxster T and the Macan T.

Exclusive interior and exterior details

Outside, the Porsche 911 Carrera T stands out from the rest of the range with its Dark Gray details. Highlighted for the upper and lower frames of the exterior mirrors, the new logos on the doors and the rear and rear grille slats in a contrasting color, Agate Grey. The windshield also features a gray tint on top. The tailpipes of the sports exhaust system are in glossy black. All these details give the 911 Carrera T a more outgoing and dynamic look.

The sporty character of this version is reinforced inside by the four-way Sport Plus seats, available as standard. Decorative moldings in matte black and inserts in gloss black complete the interior of the “T”. Customers looking for even more exclusivity can opt for the optional Carrera T Interior Pack, to which are added seat belts in contrasting colors in slate gray or lizard green. These colors are also applied to the decorative stitching, the 911 logo engraved on the headrests and the center strips of the seats. As an option, the mats offer the logo and stitching in contrasting colors of slate gray or lizard green.

Small but exquisite selection of options and colors

The 911 Carrera T offers optional adaptive sports seats plus (18-way, electric), as well as even sportier and lighter bucket seats with Race-Tex centers. The Carrera T interior package with extended use of leather is also available as an option. In this case, the armrests of the door panels and the center console are also in leather, as well as the upper part of the dashboard and the friezes of the door panels.
The new 911 Carrera T is available in four solid colours, Black, White, Guard Red, Racing Yellow, but also in four metallic options, Deep Black, Gentiana Blue, Ice Gray and GT Silver. The special colors available are Chalk, Neo Star Ruby, Carmine Red, Shark Blue and Python Green. If they prefer, 911 Carrera T buyers can use the Paint to Sample program which allows them to choose a paint job from more than 110 available shades.

The Porsche 911 Carrera T will arrive in dealerships in February 2023 and can be ordered now. the price in Portugal from 154,047 euros.

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