2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T
(T for Touring or The Unfiltered Truth)...
The new 911 Carrera T is differentiated from its standard sibling by a number of subtle exterior styling changes, including an altered front bumper with a more prominent splitter element, grey metallic exterior mirror housings, 20-inch alloy wheels, reworked slats within the engine lid and centrally mounted tailpipes pained in black.
Despite the focus on weight saving(1425kg), Porsche has provided the 911 Carrera T with a number of features not available for the 911 Carrera, including a standard PASM sports suspension, which lowers its ride height by 20mm. Buyers can also option the new car with rear-wheel steering.
The 911 Carrera T is powered by the same turbocharged 3.0-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder petrol engine as the standard 911 Carrera. It develops 365bhp at 6500rpm, endowing Zuffenhausen’s new back-to-basics model with a power-two weight ratio of 256.1bhp per tonne. By comparison, its more comprehensively equipped standard sibling boasts 252.6bhp per tonne.
Torque, meanwhile, swells to a peak of 332lb ft between 1750 and 5000rpm.
Continuing the puristic theme, drive is channeled through a standard seven-speed manual gearbox imbued with shorter ratios than the unit used by the 911 Carrera as well as a mechanical locking differential to the rear wheels. A seven-speed dual clutch PDK automatic featuring a launch control mode will also be offered from the start of sales.
Porsche claims a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec, which is 0.1sec inside the time of the 911 Carrera, in standard manual guise. It also says the 911 Carrera T reaches 124mph from standstill in 15.1sec.
When fitted with the optional dual clutch gearbox the 0-62mph and 0-124mph times drop to 4.2sec and 14.5sec respectively.
Porsche claims both gearboxes provide the latest in a long line of 911 models with a theoretical top speed over 180mph.