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The Porsche 911 Carrera T

23rd December, 2017

By ASWAN YAP

WITH the 911 Carrera T, Porsche is reviving the puristic concept behind the 911 T that was produced and sold almost 50 years ago. The concept was all about less weight, shorter transmission ratios from the manual gearbox, and rear-wheel drive with a mechanical rear differential lock for an enhanced performance and intense driving pleasure.

In 2017, that concept is revived and new model’s unique appearance is based on the 911 Carrera with its engine delivering 370 bhp. The 911 Carrera T (at Porsche, ‘T’ stands for ‘Touring’) also has several other equipment features that are not available for the 911 Carrera, including the PASM sports chassis as standard, lowered by 20 mm, the weight-optimised Sport Chrono Package, a shortened shift lever with red shift pattern and Sport-Tex seat centres.

The optional rear-axle steering, which was not available for the 911 Carrera, is still reserved for the 911 Carrera T. Not surprisingly, every aspect of the equipment in the 911 Carrera T is designed to optimise sportiness and deliver lightweight construction. For example, the rear window and rear side windows are made from lightweight glass and the door trims feature opening loops instead of heavier door handles.

Sound insulation materials have also been reduced which would mean sound absorption is less but the driver is unlikely to be unhappy about this aspect! The optional rear seats have also been omitted and there is also the option to dispense with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) for those who must shave off every unnecessary item that adds weight. The result: at an unladen weight of 1,425 kgs, the two-seater sportscar is 20 kgs lighter than a 911 Carrera with comparable equipment.

The design of the 911 Carrera T highlights the emotionality and sportiness of the coupé with rear-axle transmission. The body parts and wheels function as clear differentiating elements.

At the front, the 911 Carrera T features an aerodynamically optimised front spoiler lip, and the Sport Design exterior mirrors are painted in Agate Grey Metallic.

From the side, the new model is easily recognisable thanks to its 20-inch Carrera S wheels in Titan Grey. The “911 Carrera T” logos represent another distinctive feature at the side.

The rear view is characterised 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 provided as standard, with centrally positioned tailpipes painted in black.

The exterior colour options are Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue, as well as the metallic colours Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.

The appearance of the passenger compartment also has a sporty and puristic emphasis. The driver enjoys black, 4-way, electric sports seats with a seat centre in Sport-Tex fabric, while the headrests feature a ‘911’ logo stitched in black.

This modern Carrera T model also comes with the option to choose full bucket seats for the first time. Steering actions are completed via the GT sports steering wheel with leather rim, and the mode switch provided on the steering wheel as standard allows the driver to select different driving programmes.

The shortened shift lever with shift pattern in red remains exclusive to the 911 Carrera T. The decorative trims on the dashboard and doors are black, as are the door opening loops.

A new addition is the T interior package, which creates an even sportier look with the contrasting colours of Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver. These colours can be used 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.

The 6-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of three litres and twin turbocharging generates an output of 370 bhp, as mentioned earlier, and maximum torque of 450 Nm is available from 1,750 rpm up to 5,000 rpm.

The power-to-weight ratio has been improved to 3.85 kgs per bhp, ensuring enhanced performance and more agile driving dynamics. Thanks to the manual transmission with shorter gear ratio and mechanical differential lock, the 911 Carrera T can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the 911 Carrera Coupe.

The model reaches the 200-km/h limit in just 15.1 seconds. Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is also available as an option on the Carrera T, enabling the vehicle to reach 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, and 200 km/h in 14.5 seconds. Both transmission variants enable a top speed of over 290 km/h.

   
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