Porsche Unveils The New 911 Carrera T Built For Raw Driving

Porsche 911 Carrera T revealed as pared-back special

Porsche 911 Carrera T revealed as pared-back special

Eager drivers with deep pockets can order an Porsche 911 Carrera T now, starting at $102,000.

The "T" in the name stands for Touring, an insignia that first appeared back in 1967 on a 911 model created to be a purebred driving machine which stripped away unnecessary weight in favour of the essentials.

All that adds up to just a 4.3 second sprint to 100km/h - 0.1 seconds quicker than a standard 911 Carrera. Fuel consumption is 9.5L/100km.

By removing the back seats and fitting thinner glass to the back side windows, as well as replacing the interior door handles with fabric pull-straps, Porsche engineers have managed to save a modest 20kg compared with a standard Carrera 2.

There's also a delete option on the Porsche Communication Management system. "911 Carrera T" logos are also present, as are the slats in the rear lid grille and the standard sports exhaust system. Additionally, there are external mirrors finished in Agate Grey Metallic, a front lip spoiler and 20-inch Carrera S wheels finished in "Titan Grey".

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On the inside, Porsche has confirmed the 911 T will boast a shortened gear lever with embossed shift pattern in red, and seat centres made of Sport-Tex material. That's not all: rear-axle steering, which can't be had on the 911 Carrera, is available as an option on the 911 Carrera T. It channels its output to the rear wheels via a seven-speed manual transmission, though a dual-clutch automatic is available at an extra cost.

The vehicle rides on a (usually optional) Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis, with 20mm-lower suspension and the Sport Chrono package - also normally a cost option. It's a regular production model, unlike the 911 R, so demand won't surpass supply.

The 911 Carrera T is also the lightest new 911 one can buy. They face a GT Sport steering wheel with a driving mode selection switch. That time drops to 4.0 seconds with the PDK. 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. The doors have opener loops rather than conventional door openers. But the new model doesn't arrive in USA dealerships until closer to March 2018.

Top speed is rated at 'over 290km/h' regardless of which transmission is specified.

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