Porsche has re-introduced the Carrera T nameplate from the original 1968 911, applying the treatment in a thoroughly way to create a more enthusiast-focussed model in the lower tiers of the 911 range.
Building on the basics of the standard entry-level Carrera, the new Carrera T (for Touring) features a lighter weight thanks to 20kg of savings through thinner glass, reduced sound deadening and the deletion of rear seats.
The result is the lightest Carrera available, including a tip-of-the-hat to the limited edition 911 R thanks to fabric loop door pulls. Those looking to go even further can also have the car delivered without a radio.
Priced from $238,400 plus on-road costs, the Carrera T costs $17,500 more than a regular Carrera. To balance the ledger the Carrera T also adds features including 20-inch wheels, a throatier exhaust, sports steering wheel and sharper front bumper that add well more than $20,000 in options to the price of a regular coupe.
The model also features lower sports suspension, a reworked short-shift manual transmission with new gear ratios and a locking rear differential not normally available on the standard car.
Engine specification matches that of the regular Carrera thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine producing 272kW and 450Nm.
The Carrera T is slightly faster than its standard sibling though with the 0-100km/h sprint passing in 4.5 seconds in manual form, a 0.1 second reduction compared to the original version.
Customers who don’t want the full purist experience can order the Carrera T with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, which improves acceleration and efficiency but erodes the appeal of a car intended to bring the driver appeal of heavy-hitting 911 GT3 and GTS versions for a more affordable price.
The new 911 Carrera T is on sale now, with Australian deliveries set to start in the second quarter of 2018.
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