T is for touring - Porsche entices connoisseurs with the 911 Carrera T

T is for touring - Porsche entices connoisseurs with the 911 Carrera T

T is for touring - Porsche entices connoisseurs with the 911 Carrera T

On the cosmetic side, the Carrera T differentiates itself up front with a new front lip.

The new Porsche 911 Carrera T - a revival of the 911 T name from the 1960s - is the 911 stripped back to basics with less weight and improved performance.

Porsche has revived a classic nameplate in the form of the 911 Carrera T, which offers a back-to-basics approach to the firm's iconic sports vehicle.

The tweaks deliver a more basic 911, and it is marginally quicker, getting to 62mph in 4.2 seconds - 0.1s quicker than a standard 911. Fuel consumption is 9.5L/100km.

You'll need to leave the kids at home, because there are no rear seats, and the radio has been removed to shed a few more kilos. At 1,425 kg, it's 20 kg lighter than a comparable 911 Carrera. A sport exhaust system with black exhaust tips accents the various paint options, which include Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White, and Miami Blue, along with metallic colors Carrera White, Jet Black, and GT Silver. Inside, the sports seats get a Sport-Tex fabric center area and "911" logos stitched in the headrests. Buyers can also choose to fit bucket seats, which like the rear-wheel steering are being made available for the first time on a Carrera variant.

Porsche claims both gearboxes provide the latest in a long line of 911 models with a theoretical top speed over 180mph. That means that its turbocharged six-cylinder 370hp engine can catapult the vehicle to 100km/h from standstill in 4.2 seconds when specified with Porsche's paddle-shift transmission.

The "T" in the new 911 Carrera T is Porsche's way of reminding people of the 911 T of 1968, which favored a pure driving experience above everything else.

Despite the focus on weight saving, 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. The leather-rimmed GT Sport steering wheel has a drive mode selector mounted on it.

It's hooked up to a seven-speed manual gearbox with a shortened gear ratios, while the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission will also be available. Cars should start arriving in March, 2018. To cut weight the conventional door openers have been replaced by door opener loops.

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