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2018-07-03 13:50

With its new 911 Carrera T, Porsche is reviving the puristic concept behind the iconic 911 T of 1968: less weight, shorter transmission ratios from the manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive with mechanical rear differential lock for intense driving pleasure.

The new model’s unique appearance is based on the 911 Carrera and its engine delivers 272kW.

The most complete drive

The Carrera T ('T' stands for Touring) boasts several other equipment features that are not available for the 911 Carrera, including the PASM sports chassis as standard, lowered by 20mm, the weight-optimised Sport Chrono Package, a shortened shift lever with red shift pattern and Sport-Tex seat centres.

In addition, the rear-axle steering system, which was not available for the 911 Carrera, is provided as an option for this T version.

New Porsche 911 Carrera T - bringing back the purist philosophy

Every aspect of the equipment in the Carrera T is designed to optimise sportiness and deliver lightweight construction; the rear window and rear side windows are made from lightweight glass and the door trims feature opening loops.

The sound absorption has been reduced to a minimum. The rear seats and  Porsche Communication Management (PCM) can be omitted on request.

The result of these lightweight construction measures? At an unladen weight of 1 425kg, the two-seater is 20kg lighter than a 911 Carrera with comparable equipment. 

A sporty design and unique appearance

The design of the car highlights the emotionality and sportiness of the rear-wheel-drive coupé. The body parts and wheels function as clear differentiating elements.

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At the front, the 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" Carrera S wheels in Titanium 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, orange, red, yellow, white and blue, as well as the metallic colours white, black and GT Silver. 

A puristic interior concept and new interior package

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

                                                                       

This new 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 Carrera T. The decorative trims on the dashboard and doors are black, as are the door opening loops.

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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. 

Improved weight-to-power ratio plus enhanced performance 

The six-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of three litres and twin turbocharging generates an output of 272kW and a maximum torque of 450Nm, delivered between 1 750rpm and 5 000rpm.

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The weight-to-power ratio has been improved to 3.85kg/hp, ensuring enhanced performance and more agile driving dynamics.

Thanks to the shorter rear-axle gear ratio and mechanical differential lock, the 911 Carrera T can sprint from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the 911 Carrera Coupé. The model reaches the 200-km/h mark in just 15.1 seconds.

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

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