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.