Based on the original 1967 911t, the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is set to fill the gap in the 911 line-up between the entry level 911 Carrera and the 911 GTS. The Carrera T is based off Porsche’s entry level 911 Carrera, meaning it will share the same 370BHP 3.0 litre flat six twin-turbo engine married to a seven speed manual transmission as standard, though there is an option of a PDK dual clutch automatic. The Carrera T will feature multiple weight saving measures, as well as coming with PASM Sport Suspension, electrically actuated baffles and rear differential lock as standard, with the option to include a rear steering package. This vehicle will reach 60mph in 4.3 seconds with the PDK automatic gearbox, 0.1 seconds faster than the standard Carrera. Porsche also claim a top speed of 182mph, which should be more than enough to get any enthusiasts heart racing.
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T In More Detail
On the outside, there is not much to tell the Carrera and the Carrera T apart, besides the custom door decals worn by the Carrera T. The T stands for touring, and fittingly, the Carrera T is the third lightest 911 in the range with Porsche claiming a curb weight of 3142 lbs, only its grand touring sibling, the GT2 and GT3, weighing less. Unlike the luxury orientated GT2 and GT3, Porsche have decided to take the opposite approach with the Carrera T. Weight is saved by shaving the glass on the rear and rear quarter panel windows. On the inside Porsche has saved more weight be reducing the amount of noise insulating materials used, replacing the door handles with track inspired pull straps and by removing the radio and infotainment systems for models outside of the US. The US models will still feature a screen as reverse cameras are on the verge of being mandatory. Inside you’ll find a slightly smaller GT sport steering wheel, and a shorter gear lever, with the shift pattern embossed in red. The Carrera T comes with four-way electronically adjustable Sport Plus seats with the 911 logo embossed on the seats, and feature Carrera T exclusive, Sport-Tex centre in-lays. The real highlight is the option to replace the front seats with full bucket seats, a first for the Carrera range, and the option to remove the rear seats, should you want to save more weight. The dashboard and door cards are black, but owners will get the option of having the stitching done in either Guard Red, Racing Yellow, or GT Silver.
What Distinguishes the Carrera T From The Carrera?
At first glance, there is not much to separate the Carrera T from the standard Carrera. Most notably, the Carrera T wears a custom decal on the door and has a redesigned front lip spoiler. Along with the mirrors and rear diffuser, the decal and spoiler are coloured in Agate Grey. Looking closer you’ll notice the 20-inch Carrera S rims have been given a coat of Titanium Grey paint with a decal stripe wearing the T designation. The PASM sports suspension has the car sitting 0.4 inches lower than the standard model. The Carrera T also comes with a nine-colour palette for owners to choose from, featuring four gloss paints, three metallic paints and two special GT paint schemes.
When Is It Available?
The Carrera T will officially launch in March 2018, but Porsche has already launched a visualiser of the 911 Carrera T on its website, where you can build your very own one, and get a closer look at the custom interior options, the paint selection available and the full list of optional extras Porsche will be offering.