Less is more - the new Porsche 911 Carrera T

by Leslie Wood October 24, 2017, 0:38
Less is more - the new Porsche 911 Carrera T

In this case, the Porsche 911 Carrera T sports turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-six engine that puts out 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, the later of which is available in a broad range between 1,750 and 5,000 RPM.

Available to order now prior to a planned start to United Kingdom deliveries in January, the new 911 Carrera T is differentiated from its standard sibling by a number of subtle exterior styling changes, including an altered front bumper with a more prominent splitter element, grey metallic exterior mirror housings, 20-inch alloy wheels, reworked slats within the engine lid and centrally mounted tailpipes pained in black.

The weight reduction achieved by swapping out standard glass for lightweight glass, there's also less sound insulation material and the interior door openers are replaced by opener loops.

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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 auto. Of note here is that the top speed on the manual version, which is an offshoot of the PDK, actually happens on the sixth gear, not the top gear, which is basically an overdrive gear. Black exhaust outlets, Titanium Gray 20-inch wheels. and an Agate Gray finish for the SportDesign mirror caps, rear decklid grille, and nomenclature complete the Carrera T's special appearance. Exterior color options include Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White, and Miami Blue, while metallic colors of Carrera White, Jet Black, and GT Silver are available. The "911 Carrera T" logos represent another distinctive feature at the side. 911 T badges have been added to the rear decklid as well as the Sport Exhaust System with black exhaust tips. Thus, a standard Carrera costs $92,150 while the new Carrera T opens at $103,150 when it hits showrooms in March of 2018.

The new 911 Carrera T is on sale now, with Australian deliveries set to start in the second quarter of 2018.

The drive mode selector switch is on the GT sports steering wheel, race vehicle 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. Both deliver 370 hp at 6500 rpm, and both PDK variants clock 4 seconds flat from 0-60 miles per hour with the Sport Chrono option. The DCT drops this to 4.0 seconds. Either way, top speed is quoted at "more than 290km/h".


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