Porsche 911 Carrera T Is Lean and Mean

Allan Goodman
October 24, 2017

All of these weight-saving measures mean the vehicle tips the scales at 1425kg, that's a full 20kg lighter the standard 911 Carrera. Regardless of the transmission choice, top speed exceeds 290 km/h (180 mph). Combined with a manual transmissions with a shorter constant transaxle ratio and a standard mechanical rear differential lock, Porsche is promising a heightened level of performance and driving pleasure.

"The auto comes standard with PASM Sport Suspension boasting a 0.39" lower ride height.

The drive mode selector switch is on the GT sports steering wheel, race auto style, and the four-way electrically adjustable stand sports seats are trimmed in black with centre panels in Sport-Tex fabric and the 911 logo stitched into each head restraint; full bucket seats are an option. The interior is black on black, but there's an optional Carrera T interior package that adds either yellow, red or silver contrast stitching. The sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour takes 4.3 seconds with the manual gearbox, and four seconds flat with the automatic and the launch control system engaged. This shortens the 0-60 time to 4.0 seconds. 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 are standard, with centrally positioned twin tailpipes painted in black.

Up front, a different front spoiler lip signals the special nature of this model, while door stripes and a large "T" on the engine cover make sure Porschephiles know this is the lightest one of them all.

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The auto has aero tidbits with a front spoiler. The Sport Chrono Pack's driving mode switch on the steering wheel is fitted as standard, but not the trademark clock/lap-timer, Porsche spec-spotters will note.

Helping shed weight are a rear windshield and rear side windows made of lightweight glass, while door opener loops on the inside replace conventional door openers. You'd better love the sonorous song of a flat-six engine, because you'll hear plenty of it. I'm sitting at my computer, catching up on emails and getting ready to cook dinner, when lo and behold Porsche pops in to say "Look at this, it's the lightest new 911 you can buy right now!"

Actual performance gains are almost imperceptible, but that's beside the point.

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