Less is More: the New Porsche 911 Carrera T

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With the 911 Carrera T, Porsche is reviving the puristic concept behind the 911 T of 1968: less weight, shorter transmission ratios from the manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive with mechanical rear differential lock for an enhanced performance and intense driving pleasure. The new model’s unique appearance is based on the 911 Carrera, and its engine delivers 370 hp. The Porsche 911 Carrera T – at Porsche, “T” stands for Touring – also boasts several other equipment features that are not available for the 911 Carrera, including: the PASM sports chassis as standard, the weight-optimized Sport Chrono Package, a shortened manual gear lever with red shift pattern, and Sport-Tex seat centres. The Carrera T also sits 20 mm lower than the standard model. Moreover, rear-axle steering, which was not available for the 911 Carrera, is an available option on the 911 Carrera T. 

Porsche designed every aspect of the 911 Carrera T’s equipment to optimize sportiness and deliver lightweight construction. The rear window and rear side windows are made from lightweight glass and the door trims feature opening loops. The sound absorption has been largely reduced, the rear seats have been omitted, and there is even the option to forgo the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The result: At an unladen weight of 1,452 kilograms, the two-seater is 20 kilograms lighter than a 911 Carrera with comparable equipment.

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A Sporty Design and Unique Appearance

The design of the 911 Carrera T highlights the emotionality and sportiness of the coupe with rear-axle transmission. The body parts and wheels function as clear differentiating elements. At the front, the 911 Carrera T features an aerodynamically optimized front spoiler lip, and the Sport Design exterior mirrors are painted in Agate Grey Metallic. From the side, the new model is easily recognizable thanks to its 20-inch Carrera S wheels in Titan Grey. The “911 Carrera T” logos represent another distinctive feature at the side. The rearview is characterized by the slats in the rear lid grille, and the Porsche logo, the “911 Carrera T ” model designation in Agate Grey and the sports exhaust system are standard, with centrally positioned twin tailpipes painted in black. The exterior colour options are Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue, as well as the metallic colours, Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.

A Puristic Interior Concept and New Interior Package

The appearance of the passenger compartment also has a sporty and puristic emphasis. The driver enjoys black, four-way, electric sports seats with a seat centre in Sport-Tex fabric, while the headrests feature a “911” logo stitched in black. This new Carrera T model also comes with the option to choose full bucket seats for the first time. Steering actions are completed via the GT sports steering wheel with leather rim, and the mode switch provided on the steering wheel as standard allows the driver to select different driving programmes. The shortened manual gear lever with shift pattern in red remains exclusive to the 911 Carrera T. The decorative trims on the dashboard and doors are black, as are the door opening loops. A new addition is the T interior package, which creates an even sportier look with the contrasting colours of Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver. These colours can be used to add visual accents on various interior components, such as the seat belts, the “911” logo on the headrests, the door opening loops or the centres of the Sport-Tex seats.
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Improved Power-to-weight Ratio Plus Enhanced Performance

The six-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of three litres and twin turbocharging generates an output of 370 hp and a maximum torque of 331 lb.ft., delivering between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The power-to-weight ratio has been improved to 3.85 kg/hp, ensuring enhanced performance and more agile driving dynamics. Thanks to the manual transmission with shorter gear ratio and mechanical differential lock, the 911 Carrera T can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the 911 Carrera Coupe. The model reaches2 00-km/ h in just 15.1 seconds. Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (“PDK”) 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.

The 911 Carrera Twill be available in Canada the first quarter of 2018 and can be pre-ordered now starting from $116,500.

In 2016, Porsche sold an unprecedented 7,061 units in Canada, up 10% over the prior year.