The Porsche 911 remains the most versatile sports car in the planet and you can get any 911 that fits your driving style from a track-day monster like the new GT3 RS to a simple Carrera S. However, the new 911 Carrera T hits the sweet spot in terms of a hardcore driver’s 911 but without the track-day vibe which the GT3 and the GT3 RS exude. You can call it a GT3 without a wing or a Carrera S that’s been stripped of needless fripperies.
The talking point remains what you don’t get and how it alters the driving experience. The Carrera T is available with a rear-drive layout only and don’t expect to find any back seats or sound insulation in this one. The weight-saving measures also include thinner glass, a smaller battery and best of all – a standard 7-speed manual transmission.
Of course, you can get the PDK gearbox at a no-cost option but that would be missing the point, right? With less sound insulation, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six howl becomes your constant companion along with adding to the driving experience. Porsche has also sprinkled some GT-esque bits like the 10-mm lower suspension along with a PASM sports suspension for more driver involvement.
The engine makes ample power thanks to the 385 PS and 450 Nm of torque on offer while the weight-saving measures enable the car to go significantly faster as it races from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and beyond to a top speed of 291 km/h. Honestly, do you really need a 911 Turbo or a GT3 over this?
Some T-specific equipment features include 20 and 21-inch Titanium Grey Carrera S wheels wrapped around 245/35 (front) and 305/30 (rear) sized tyres along with a standard GT sports steering wheel, sports exhaust system and sports seats plus (four-way, electric). Eagle-eyed Porsche geeks would be able to spot the blackened bits and the lowered stance while the 911 shape still looks as good as ever.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera T is priced at $280,600 while buyers have the option of using the Paint to Sample programme which brings in a myriad of colours to choose from. Nestled within the vast 911 range, the Carrera T could be a hidden gem for driving enthusiasts due to its back-to-basics approach and how it puts the focus on driver involvement rather than lap times.