There’s another Porsche 911 out in the world, the 911 Carrera T. The “T” makes it go faster. No, the “T” stands for touring which Porsche marketing says signifies “models that offer a purist driving experience.” How they manage that is through a blending of the entry-level Carrera engine and new lightweight parts and various performance options installed as standard equipment.
The entry-level engine is a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine with 283kW and 450Nm, the same as the regular 911 Carrera. The time it takes for 0-100km/h is 4.5-seconds with a top speed of 291km/h. It’s slower than most of its counterparts, but not by a large amount, however it is the lightest in the 911 series with the entry-level engine.
In comparison with the standard Carrera, the Carrera T manages to save weight by using lightweight glass, less sound insulation, a lightweight battery, and an option to remove the rear seats. Porsche claims the weight sits at 1470kg, 35kg lighter than a standard Carrera.
The new performance options added as standard include 20-inch front and 21-inch rear Carrera S alloy wheels, adaptive sports suspension (giving a 10mm-lower ride height), a sports exhaust, and the Sport Chrono package (which has five distinct driving modes). You’ve even got a rear-wheel steering option not found on the normal Carrera. All of this has been added for no additional cost.
A manual and automatic transmission are options. The seven-speed manual transmission is the same found in the Carrera S. The eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission can bring that 0-100km/h to 3.8-seconds. Only the manual version receives torque vectoring and a rear differential lock. The automatic is the only one that features autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and adaptive cruise control. Can’t have it all, it seems.
As noted by other outlets, this car isn’t designed to be the fastest thing on the road, it’s about appealing to those little things that car enthusiasts froth over. Undoubtedly it is one of those cars whose changes have to be felt rather than explained to be understood, though you get the idea. This is a car for the open road, for, dare we say it, touring.
The 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T is available to order and is priced from $280,600 AUD plus on-road costs. This is $21,500 more than the entry level Carrera so you’ll have to decide if what this car does different is worth the extra cost.
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