If you’re of the mindset that modern Porsche 911s have become bloated luxury slobs, help is on the way. Porsche just revealed the Carrera T, and it’s the purest form of the car we’ve seen in a while.
If the name sounds familiar, you’re a true Porsche fan. The 911 T originally debuted back in 1968. The “T” stands for Touring. This new iteration is all about simplicity. It weighs less. The manual gearbox has shorter transmission ratios. There’s even a mechanical rear differential lock when you really feel like getting crazy.
As the name suggests, the 911 Carrera T is based on the regular 911 Carrera. That means it uses the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine. Peak performance comes in at 370 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s not bad, considering a curb weight of 3,135 pounds. To achieve that kind of lightweighting, Porsche pulled out all kinds of tricks. For example, the side and rear windows are made of a lightweight glass, the doors feature fabric straps instead of handles, a rear seat delete, and absolutely no infotainment system. Yes, it does sound dreamy to us, but if those deletes turn you off, they shouldn’t. You can add the backseat and a bothersome infotainment system at no cost if you so choose.
According to Porsche, the car will rocket from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds, with the manual tranny. If you opt for the PDK, it does that in 4 seconds flat. You can take it on a track and hit up to 182 mph, again demonstrating that this car is all about weekend fun off the road.
The brand’s active suspension system comes standard, helping you stick chicanes without punishing you for being responsive. It also has a sports exhaust, and the ride height is 0.8 inches lower. The lovely Sport Chrono package comes standard, too.
Again, because this is Porsche, master of add-ons, you can get additional goodies. One is the PDK transmission, which is great and not at the same time so that one’s definitely a preference thing. Another is rear-axle steering, something that comes in handy especially as you power around a track at high speeds.
Not only does the 911 Carrera T boast purist performance, but it also features some unique aesthetics. One of the most notable differences is a completely new front lip. Black exhaust tips punctuate the rear. A black strip that runs down the side of the car has “911 Carrera T” printed on it, just in case you forget what kind of car you drive. Porsche borrowed the 20-inch wheels from the Carrera S and painted them gray, matching the side mirror caps, as well as the badges. As for the interior, you get Sport-Tex fabric seats, plus a red shift pattern on the shifter.
As you’ve probably already guessed, the 911 Carrera T doesn’t come cheap. Porsche has set MSRP for models with the manual transmission at $102,100. If you want the PDK, it starts at $105,830. Considering how Porsche is the master of add-ons, probably next to nobody will be paying anywhere near those prices.