New 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T Goes Back to the Basics
Porsche is broadening the 911 range yet again, this time reinvigorating the concept of the 911 T model from 1968. The German automaker said the new Porsche 911 Carrera T will appeal to purists.
According to a release, the Porsche 911 Carrera T (the T here stands for Touring) comes equipped with several performance-enhancing features not available on the standard 911 Carrera. For starters, there’s a PASM Sport Suspension gives the car a 10mm lower ride height, and rear-axle steering is an option.
Some lightweighting also helps performance. The Porsche 911 Carrera T only weighs 3,142 pounds, so it’s the lightest Porsche in the Carrera range. Compared to the standard Porsche 911 Carrera, some of that weight comesfrom using lightweight glass for the rear windshield and side windows. Porsche also removed some sound insulation features.
Porsche 911 Carrera T Performance
Based on the 911 Carrera Coupe, the Touring model gets the 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine with 370 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The Porsche 911 Carrera T comes with a manual transmission or an optional PDK automatic transmission.
If you go with the manual version, a shorter constant transaxle ratio and mechanical rear differential lock move the Porsche 911 Carrera T from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. That’s a whole .1 second quicker than the standard 911 Carrera. Top track speed is 182 mph.
However with the PDK transmission, the Carrera T hits 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. According to Porsche, you have to use the standard launch feature to get that sort of acceleration.
On the exterior, the Porsche 911 Carrera T has a front spoiler lip to optimize aerodynamics and 20-inch Carrera S wheels.
The standard Sport Exhaust System with black tips characterizes the rear of the car. The louvers of the rear decklid grill, the Porsche logotype, and the model designation “911 Carrera T” are finished in Agate Grey.
There are all sorts of paint options: Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue, as well as the metallic colors Carrera White, Jet Black and GT Silver.
The performance-oriented design theme carries into the cabin, where you can find a sports steering wheel, a shortened gear lever and electrically adjustable sports seats. However if you opt for the full bucket seats, the rear seats are gone. Porsche says this is the first time full bucket seats are an option on a 911 Carrera model.
Of course, a new Carrera T interior package is available, with different contrasting colors and other colorful accents throughout.
It Can Be Yours
The 2018 911 Carrera T is now available for ordering. The vehicle is expected to reach US dealers by March 2018.
According to Porsche, the base MSRP is $102,100. That excludes the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.