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Friday 10 November 2017

Porsche 911 Carrera T – is less really more?

In their own words, with the new 911 Carrera T Porsche is ” reviving the puristic concept behind the 911 T of 1968″ – a stripped back tourer. But how much more can we expect from not a lot less?

The important stuff

So – what is the new T? “T” stands for Touring, and the car is based on the standard 911 Carrera. The idea is to “optimise sportiness” and reduce weight according to Porsche. So what do you get?

The T has the same 370 hp turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine as the standard 911 Carrera. It is just 20kg lighter than a similarly specced Carrera and will be priced from £85,576 when it arrives in the UK in January – that’s just shy of £7,700 more than the standard car and only £1,800 less than the 420 hp Carrera S.

PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) is standard on the T (unavailable on the standard car), as is a shortened shift lever, shorter transmission ratios from the 7-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive with a mechanical rear differential lock. It is also lowered by 20mm.

Without having to tick a lot of boxes on the options list, this car still ticks a lot of boxes

Weight saving

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 along with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), though both are still available as a no cost option.

No PCM as standard

PCM is a no cost option

Interior & styling

The Carrera T comes with the option to choose the full lightweight bucket seats which are only available on the GT3 & GT3 RS. The GT sports steering wheel is standard & the shortened shift lever with shift pattern in red remains exclusive to the 911 Carrera T. The optional T interior package uses the colours of Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver 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.Exterior styling changes include a front bumper with a more prominent splitter element, 20-inch alloy wheels, grey metallic wing mirror housings,  centrally mounted tailpipes in black and a slatted rear grill.

 

Options

Full bucket seats are an option on the T, these are unavailable anywhere else in the range apart from on the GT cars. Rear axle steering is also available – it is not available in the standard Carrera.

So what is the 911T?

On the face of it, it might not seem quite clear what the 911 T is trying to be. Porsche announced the 911 GT3 Touring package at September’s Frankfurt Motorshow – basically a GT3 without the wing. Why wouldn’t you opt for one of those instead? Over to our General Manager and Porsche specialist Dean Bartle.

“It’s an affordable 911R. The 20kg Porsche have shaved off might not seem like much, but it will make a difference to how the car drives – it’s all about the incremental gains. Unlike the GT3, which is track-focused, the T is road-focused. This will be a great car for touring, much more comfortable to drive cross-continent than a GT3 but awesome when you hit the mountains. PASM as standard really highlights Porsche’s intention to create a touring-focused driver’s car – a 911 for proper Porsche enthusiasts.”

Porsche have been clever with the specification. For many of those who consider the 911 T, they will not necessarily want or need to add a host of options to turn it into the car they really want. Without having to tick a lot of boxes on the options list, this car still ticks a lot of boxes – so maybe less is more… We expect the motoring press to love it.

Images courtesy of Porsche AG.

 

Redline are not an official Porsche dealer but an independent used Porsche specialist.

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