Some fifty years after its introduction, Porsche has decided to dust off and resurrect the 1968 911 T, or more precisely the concept behind that model. The new Porsche 911 Carrera T (the T is for Touring) is in essence a more-lightweight version of the 911, with shorter gear ratios and a locking rear differential.
Around 20 kg were shed off the car for the new 911, mainly by using lighter glass for the side and rear windows, replacing the door handles with straps, reducing sound insulation and removing the rear seats. Buyers can also opt to forego the communication management system (PCM).
At the same time, Porsche equipped the 911 Carrera T with a number of features not available with the regular 911 Carrera, like the standard PASM sports chassis that sits 20mm lower to the ground, lightened Sport Chrono Package, shortened manual gear shifter with red shift pattern and Sport-Tex covering on the seat centres. Also available as an option is rear-axle steering.
Other exclusive elements that set this version apart include a more aerodynamic front deflector, Agate Grey Sport Design rear-view mirrors, Titan Grey 20-inch Carrera S wheels, aerodynamically fine-tuned front spoiler lip and, of course, “911 Carrera T” badging.
The Porsche 911 Carrera T is powered by a 370-hp twin-turbo engine delivering 331 lb-ft of torque, which can accelerate from a stop to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds when equipped with the manual gear box – one-tenth of a second less than the 911 Carrera – or in 4.2 seconds with the optional PDK dual-clutch transmission.
Buyers can place their orders as of now, with starting price for the model set at $116,500.
The 2017 year has shaped up to be a momentous one for the Porsche 911 and its manufacturer. Already, this year has seen the debut of the new GTS models, the launch of the 700-hp GT2 RS, the addition of an Exclusive Series to the Turbo S lineup, and a new record set at Nürburgring by the GT3. Porsche also sold its millionth unit of the 911 in 2017.