Porsche 911 Carrera T is a lightweight touring distillation

Tuesday, 24 Oct, 2017

2018 911 Carrera T weighs 3142 pounds.

In addition, the Carrera T throws in Porsche's active suspension system, sports exhaust, and Sport Chrono package as standard, while being lower than the base vehicle by 0.8 inches. It has a shorter rear axle ratio and a mechanical differential lock, helping the manual-equipped version do the 0-60 sprint in just 4.3 seconds, which Porsche notes is 0.1 second faster than the standard 911 Carrera. Fuel consumption is 9.5L/100km.

Even the rear side windows are made from lighter glass whilst sound deadening has been minimalised to ensure drivers can hear the full song of the mechanics from inside the cabin. Porsche claims that the weight savings amount to 20kg, lowering the Carrera T's kerb mass (unladen) to 1425kg.

The Carrera T shares its 3-litre flat-six turbocharged engine with the standard Carrera, producing 365bhp and a stout 332lb ft of torque.

Styling-wise, the 911 Carrera T can be recognized thanks to subtle details such as the aero-optimized front spoiler lip, Sport Design mirror caps in Agate Grey, and 20-inch Carrera S wheels in Titan Grey. Paint options are limited to Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue, as well as the metallic colours Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.

By the way, as told in the press center of the brand, nearly all the glazing of the Porsche 911 Carrera is made from lightweight T-glass, and the hinges for the door opening on the inner side replace conventional door locks. Those who opt for a manual transmission can expect a top track speed of 182 miles per hour. The interior trim on the dashboard and doors is in black, as are the new door opener loops (replacing the regular door handles), and for the steering wheel the designers have used Porsche's Sport GT unit which integrates the driving modes selector. The new model's unique appearance is based on the 911 Carrera and its engine delivers 370 hp.

It also has several standard features you won't find on the "normal" Carrera, including a sports chassis with adaptive suspension management and ride height lowered by 20mm, a weight-optimised Sport Chrono Package and a shortened gear lever with red shift pattern. The steering wheel has a leather rim.

Like the original, the modern 911 T, which starts delivery next March, starts off life as a base 911 but is then put through a weight-loss program. Regardless of which gearbox you go for, a top speed of over 180mph is claimed.