Porsche has released the new Carrera T, the latest reboot of the 1968 Carrera T. The newer Carrera T is lighter and has shorter transmission ratios from the manual gearbox. Plus, rear-wheel drive with mechanical rear differential lock.
The new model’s unique appearance is based on the 911 Carrera and its engine delivers 272 kW (370 hp). The 911 Carrera T, “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, lowered by 20 mm, the weight-optimized Sport Chrono Package, a shortened shift lever with red shift pattern and Sport-Tex seat centers. The optional rear-axle steering, which was not available for the 911 Carrera, is still reserved for the 911 Carrera T.
Every aspect of the equipment in the 911 Carrera T is designed to optimise 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 optional rear seats have been omitted and there is also the option to dispense with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The result: At an unladen weight of 1,425 kilograms, the two-seater is 20 kgs lighter than a 911 Carrera with comparable equipment.
In looks, the form of 2017 911 Carrera T highlights the emotionality and sportiness of the coupé 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 rear view is characterized by the slats in the rear lid grille, the Porsche logo, the “911 Carrera T” model designation in Agate Grey and the sports exhaust system provided as standard, with centrally positioned tailpipes painted in black.
The exterior color s available are Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue, as well as the metallic colors Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.
Inside, the passenger compartment 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. Options include 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 as standard allows the driver to select different driving programs. The shortened shift 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 colors of Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver. These colors 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 centers of the Sport-Tex seats.
A 6-cylinder 3.0-liter with twin turbochargers powers up the speedster to an output of 370 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm, 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 Coupé. The model reaches the 200-km/h limit in just 15.1 seconds. Porsche Doppelkupplung (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.