Porsche has a whole slew of 911 variants, each catering to the many various whims of the discerning customer. The newest addition to the portfolio, the 2018 911 Carrera T, is a touring model inspired by the 1968 911T, and it just happens to be the lightest 911 Porsche offers.
It's powered by a twin-turbo 3.0 flat-six, producing 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. It has a shorter rear axle ratio and a mechanical differential lock, helping the manual-equipped version do the 0-60 sprint in just 4.3 seconds, which Porsche notes is 0.1 second faster than the standard 911 Carrera. The Carrera T can be had with a PDK transmission, which includes launch control as standard. This shortens the 0-60 time to 4.0 seconds. The manual version has a top speed of 182 miles per hour, while the PDK-equipped car maxes out at 180 mph.
The Carrera T weighs in at just 3,142 pounds, giving it an improved power-to-weight ratio. It uses lightweight glass in the rear windows, and has less sound deadening insulation. It also features cloth loop door openers.
In terms of driving dynamics, the Carrera T offers a number of other improvements over the standard 911 Carrera in addition to those mentioned above. It features a PASM Sport Suspension, which lowers the ride height by 0.39 inches. On it nose, its front spoiler lip provides improved aerodynamics. The Carrera T has a shortened gear lever for the manual transmission. Rear-axle steering is available as an option.
On the outside, the Carrera T has 20-inch Carrera S wheels with a Titanium Grey finish. It has Agate Grey side mirrors. The "Carrera T" designation appears on the side stripes, and a "911 Carrera T" badge lives on the rear deck lid. It has a standard Sport Exhaust System with black exhaust tips. Paint color choices include Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White, Miami Blue, or the metallic colors Carrera White, Jet Black or GT Silver.
Inside, the Carrera T is equipped with Sport Seats Plus with Sport-Tex centers and a 911 logo embroidered on the headrest. It can be had with Full Bucket Seats, an option that also entirely deletes the rear seats (if you can call them that). The leather-rimmed GT Sport steering wheel has a drive mode selector mounted on it. Contrasting interior color options include Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver.
The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T hits dealerships in March, with a starting price of $103,150 including delivery.
Porsche 911 Carrera T is a lightweight touring distillation originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EDT.