2018 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera T drops weight, gets more goodies

Article by Christian A., on October 24, 2017

Porsche has promised that they will begin introducing “pure” models like the 911 R and the 911 GT3 Touring. And finally, they have announced that there will be another derivate. What makes this even better is that it will be more affordable because it will be based on the Carrera. To cut off some of its weight, the automaker will take out the rear seats as well as the infotainment system, but if you want those features back, they’ll put those parts back without the additional cost. Sweet deal, huh?

But before you get too excited, Porsche will not reinstall the sound absorbing material that was also taken out to cut down on weight. By removing all those unnecessary parts, the company has helped reduce 20 kilograms (44 pounds) off of the 911 (991) Carrera T. After the modifications, it now weighs down to 1,425 kilos (3,142 pounds), and its current equipment is still comparable to that of the standard model.

Interestingly, the Carrera T (Touring) has an advantage over the regular Carrera. It can be fitted with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that lowers the car by 20 millimeters. In addition, the new Touring also gets a “weight-optimized” Sport Chrono Package. It now has a shortened shift lever for the manual gearbox and the shortened transmission ratios. And what’s even better is the fact that you can add an optional rear-axle steering, which can’t be done on the standard model.

Under the hood, it still gets the same biturbo flat-six 3.0 liter engine that carries out 370 horsepower (272 kilowatts) and 450 Newton-metres of torque. With the weight it lost, acceleration will be improved via the shorter rear axle ratio and mechanical differential lock. In just 4.5 seconds, it can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) compared to the Carrera, before hitting 124 miles per hour (200 kph) in 15.1 seconds. As for the top speed, it can reach over 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour).

For a better performing car, you can get the Touring with an optional PDK. This will further improve standard acceleration time down to just 4.2 seconds, and the 200 kph run to just 14.5 seconds.

Just like the Carrera S, the Carrera T will sit on a set of 20 inch wheels, and it can easily be spotted with its new aero front spoiler lip and grey metallic side mirror caps. What makes it unique are the model-exclusive logos and centrally positioned black tailpipes for the sports exhaust system, as well as the new slats in the rear lid grille.

Inside the Carrera T are four way electrically adjustable sports seats covered in Sport-Tex fabric. But customers can opt for bucket seats too for a sportier feel - not bad for an entry level Carrera.

Porsche has already started taking orders of the Carrera T. You can get this for 107,553 euros in Germany, while United States customers can get it for $102,100 plus an additional $1,050 fee.

Press Release

Less is more – the new Porsche 911 Carrera T

With the 911 Carrera T, Porsche is reviving the puristic concept behind the 911 T of 1968: less weight, shorter transmission ratios from the manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive with mechanical rear differential lock for an enhanced performance and intense driving pleasure.

The new model’s unique appearance is based on the 911 Carrera and its engine delivers 272 kW (370 hp; Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 8.5 l/100 km; CO2emissions 215 – 193 g/km). The 911 Carrera T – at Porsche, “T” stands for Touring – also boasts several other equipment features that are not available for the 911 Carrera, including the PASM sports chassis as standard, lowered by 20 mm, the weight-optimised Sport Chrono Package, a shortened shift lever with red shift pattern and Sport-Tex seat centres. The rear-axle steering, which is not available for the 911 Carrera, is available as an option for the 911 Carrera T.

Every aspect of the equipment in the 911 Carrera T is designed to optimise sportiness and deliver lightweight construction: The rear window and rear side windows are made from lightweight glass and the door trims feature opening loops. The sound absorption has been largely reduced. The rear seats have been omitted along with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), though both are still available on request at no additional cost. The result of the lightweight construction measures: At an unladen weight of 1,425 kilograms, the two-seater is 20 kilograms lighter than a 911 Carrera with comparable equipment.

The 911 Carrera T will be available from January 2018 and can be pre-ordered now. In Germany, the price will be EUR 107,553 including VAT and country-specific features.

A sporty design and unique appearance
The design of the 911 Carrera T highlights the emotionality and sportiness of the coupé with rear-axle transmission. The body parts and wheels function as clear differentiating elements. At the front, the 911 Carrera T features an aerodynamically optimised front spoiler lip, and the Sport Design exterior mirrors are painted in Agate Grey Metallic. From the side, the new model is easily recognisable thanks to its 20-inch Carrera S wheels in Titan Grey. The “911 Carrera T” logos represent another distinctive feature at the side. The rear view is characterised by the slats in the rear lid grille, the Porsche logo, the “911 Carrera T” model designation in Agate Grey and the sports exhaust system provided as standard, with centrally positioned tailpipes painted in black. The exterior colour options are Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue, as well as the metallic colours Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.

A puristic interior concept and new interior package
The appearance of the passenger compartment also has a sporty and puristic emphasis. The driver enjoys black, four-way, electric sports seats with a seat centre in Sport-Tex fabric, while the headrests feature a “911” logo stitched in black. This new Carrera T model also comes with the option to choose full bucket seats for the first time. Steering actions are completed via the GT sports steering wheel with leather rim, and the mode switch provided on the steering wheel as standard allows the driver to select different driving programmes. The shortened shift lever with shift pattern in red remains exclusive to the 911 Carrera T. The decorative trims on the dashboard and doors are black, as are the door opening loops. A new addition is the T interior package, which creates an even sportier look with the contrasting colours of Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver. These colours can be used to add visual accents on various interior components, such as the seat belts, the “911” logo on the headrests, the door opening loops or the centres of the Sport-Tex seats.

Improved weight-to-power ratio plus enhanced performance
The six-cylinder flat engine with a displacement of three litres and twin turbocharging generates an output of 272 kW (370 hp) and a maximum torque of 450 Nm, delivering between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The weight-to-power ratio has been improved to 3.85 kg/hp, ensuring enhanced performance and more agile driving dynamics. Thanks to a shorter rear axle ratio and mechanical differential lock, the 911 Carrera T can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the 911 Carrera Coupé. The model reaches the 200-km/h limit in just 15.1 seconds. Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is also available as an option on the Carrera T, enabling the vehicle to reach 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, and 200 km/h in 14.5 seconds. Both transmission variants enable a top speed of over 290 km/h.

Source: Porsche

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