Porsche is again paying homage to a past model, with the new 911 Carrera T, on the 50th anniversary of the 911 T from 1968.
And to the purist’s delight, it cuts down on weight in order to boost performance, with the rear windows made from lightweight glass, interior door handles replaced by fabric loops, and reduced sound insulation. The end result is the lightest car in the 911 Carrera family, at 1,425 kg.
It lists a manual transmission with shorter constant axle ratio, and mechanical rear differential lock among its minimalist features. However, it also has some features not available on the entry point 911 Carrera on which it’s based — PASM Sport suspension (which lowers the ride height by 10 mm), a shorter gear lever (with embossed shift pattern), Sport-Tex seat inserts for the electrically adjustable black seats, and rear-wheel steering (available as an option).
Based on the 370 hp 911 Carrera, the Carrera T (T stands for Touring) is fitted with an optimized front lip spoiler, SportDesign side mirrors in Agate Grey, Titanium Grey 20-inch wheels, and rear louvres and badges also in Agate Grey.
The body can be painted Black, Guards Red, Lava Orange, Miami Blue, Racing Yellow and White, with metallic colours Carrera White, GT Silver and Jet Black also on the palette.
Power comes from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-6 engine that puts out 370 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque (plateauing between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm). Zero to 100 km/h takes about 4.5 seconds (0.1 second quicker than the standard 911 Carrera), though that drops by 0.3 seconds when equipped with the optional PDK automatic (thanks to standard launch control).
The black interior can be accented with GT Silver, Guards Red or Racing Yellow on seatbelts, stitched headrest logos, door opener loops and Sport-Tex seat inserts. If the optional full front bucket seats are ordered, the rear seats are deleted.
The car is expected in dealerships in spring 2018, priced at $102,100 US (roughly $129,500 Canadian).