A slice of Porsche history has just been revisited, and given a compelling contemporary twist. When the 911 T arrived in 1968 it was an entry-level model. The ‘T’ stood for Touring, and denoted a reduction in power, equipment, tech and price over the sportier 'S'. Today, Porsche is turning the concept on its head. The only thing there will be less of in the new 911 Carrera T is weight.
Our development engineers have taken inspiration from a rich seam of performance-driven ‘less is more’, and the ‘T’ benefits from lightened rear and side window glass, simple hooped door pulls and dispenses with the rear seats altogether. There is even the option to delete the Porsche Communications Management system, all of which results in a 20kg weight saving to improve both performance and handling.
But the investment in driver involvement doesn’t stop there. The ‘T’ also features shorter gear ratios via a physically shortened gearstick and a mechanical diff on its rear-drive-only transmission. Sound proofing in the cabin has also been heavily reduced, all of which promises to create a more tactile, rewarding and emotional experience at any speed.
The original 911 T, for most of its lifespan, made do with carburetion and the frill-free interior spec of the four-pot 912. Today’s T is has instead plundered the options list, but with a selective eye on the driving experience. The Sport Chrono Package and PASM sports chassis are standard, lowering the car by 20mm. Rear-axle steer, which makes the car more stable at high speeds and more agile at lower ones, is also available on the ‘T’.
Externally the 911 T is distinguishable from the standard narrow body Carrera through a series of subtle design details. A more aerodynamic front spoiler and 'Sport Design' exterior mirrors painted in Agate Grey Metallic compliment 20-inch Carrera S alloys in Titan Grey and ‘911 Carrera T’ decals on the car’s flanks.
At the rear, the slats in the grille, the Porsche logo and ‘911 Carrera T’ badge are also finished in matching Agate Grey, while the standard sports exhaust is painted black. The rest is up to you. Paint options are Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue, alongside the metallic options of Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.
Inside, regulation leather seat backs are replaced by lightweight Sport-Tex centres and the shift pattern on the gear knob is highlighted in a purposeful and sporting red. The GT sports steering wheel is trimmed in leather and features the mode switch as standard that allows the driver to select different driving programmes. The ‘T’ can also be optioned with full bucket seats and detailed with colour accents on the belts, seats and door pulls in Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver.
The twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six in the 911 T makes the same 365bhp (combined fuel consumption 9.5–8.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 215–193 g/km) as the standard Carrera, but the significant weight reduction allows it to go further in a car that is also more agile and responsive. The T will hit 62mph in 4.5 seconds – faster than the standard Carrera – and pass 180mph.
The Carrera T will be available from January 2018 and can be pre-ordered now. Reengaging with the essence of the sports car, could this become the definitive driver's 911? Watch this space...
911 Carrera T: Combined fuel consumption 9.5–8.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 215–193 g/km