Porsche looks to the past for faster, lighter 911 Carrera T
Porsche has looked back to its 1968 911 T for a reimagined 911 Carrera T for 2018. This model has a better drive dynamic through drivetrain changes and performance enhancements that aren't available on the standard 2018 911 version. The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T will also be the lightest model in the 911 Carrera range.
The 2018 Carrera T has exterior design elements to set it apart from other Carrera models, starting with an optimized front spoiler lip, a new stance thanks to a PASM Sport Suspension, and Agate Grey SportDesign exterior mirrors. 20-inch Carrera S wheels are also standard for the Carrera T, painted in Titanium Grey with a model-specific stripe in Agate Grey. A sport exhaust system with black exhaust tips finishes the exterior. Several paint choices are available for the exclusive T model, including metallic options.
Inside, the Carrera T has black four-way adjustable "Sport Seats Plus" that feature embroidered headrests bearing a black 911 logo. Full bucket seats are available as an option, but only at the expense of removing the rear seating. A leather trim sport steering wheel with red emboss is exclusive to the 911 Carrera T.
An optional Interior Package for the T (which stands for Touring) adds contrasting colors for the otherwise all-black interior and more 911 badging.
The really important updates are under the bodywork. A manual transmission with a shortened gear lever is standard in this model and is cranked by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat six that outputs 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 339 pound-feet (460 Nm) of torque.
Those numbers are produced in an RPM range between 1,700 and 5,000. That's in a 911 T model that is now riding 10 mm (0.39 in) lower and weighing in at only 3,142 lb (1,425 kg). Go ahead and do that math. Now add in a shortened constant transaxle ratio, a mechanical rear differential lock, and optional rear axle steering.
That means a 0-60 mph (0-92 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds, Porsche says, which is a full tenth of a second faster than the standard 911 Carrera. Top speed is 182 mph (293 km/h). There is an option to swap the manual out for an automated PDK transmission, which lowers 0-60 time to a flat four seconds and top speed to 180 mph.
Porsche says that the 2018 911 Carrera T is available for pre-order now and will be in US dealerships by March 2018. Base price is US$102,100 plus delivery.