Porsche 911 T Removes Dead Weight, Adds Raw Performance For Motoring Nirvana

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The "T" in the name stands for Touring, an insignia that first appeared back in 1967 on a 911 model created to be a purebred driving machine which stripped away unnecessary weight in favour of the essentials. All told, the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T tips the scales at 3,142 pounds. Porsche will offer Australian customers a range of exterior colours, comprising: Black, Lava Orange, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White, Miami Blue, and metallic colours Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver.

Priced from £85,576, the new 911 T is not to be confused with the Targa model. The recipe apparently works in 2017 as well, which is why the T version is slightly lighter and offers shorter ratios for the manual transmission as well as a mechanical rear differential lock.

It also has several standard features you won't find on the "normal" Carrera, including a sports chassis with adaptive suspension management and ride height lowered by 20mm, a weight-optimised Sport Chrono Package and a shortened gear lever with red shift pattern. 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.

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. It also says the 911 Carrera T reaches 124mph from standstill in 15.1sec. It uses lightweight glass in the rear windows, and has less sound deadening insulation.

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Inside, there are sports seats as standard, with the option of full bucket seats for the first time in a Carrera. It generates 370 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 339 lb. -ft. of torque from 1,750 rpm to 5,000 rpm.

The net result is a 20kg weight saving over the standard 911, with the vehicle weighing in at 1425kg. Equip the PDK and that falls to 4.2 seconds. A manual with short throw shifter is standard but buyers have the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Everything inside is black, unless you specify the Carrera T Interior Package, which adds contrast-color seat belts, stitching, embroidery, and more.

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. Vehicles are expected to reach USA dealers by March of next year. Either way, top speed is quoted at "more than 290km/h".

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