With the runaway success – and subsequent rocketing of price tags – of the 911 R, it appears Porsche have realized that their clients still can’t do without a proper stick shift on their flagship sports car. Following the 911 R and the GT3 Touring, Porsche have now made a stick shift version of their base model Carrera.
Dubbed the 911 Carrera T, this touring version falls in the same vein as the GT3-based derivatives before it. In order to bring the driver closer to a raw driving experience, they’ve removed the rear seats out of the base Carrera and trimmed fat by removing sound deadening around the vehicle. This weight saving regimen shaves about 20 kg of weight off the standard model.
For its exterior, the Carrera T distinguishes itself with 20-inch wheels borrowed from the Carrera S, a new front lip for better downforce, and metallic grey side mirror caps. At the rear it also gets vertical slats on the trunk to aid in cooling.
Inside, the first thing you’ll notice is the lack of any semblance of in-car entertainment – there’s a huge hole in the center stack replacing the Porsche Communication Management display. Don’t worry, Porsche can throw that back in at no extra cost. Four-way adjustable seats with sport-tex fabric also ensure that the driver stays in place as the 911 Carrera T is put through its paces. All that flanked with yellow accents and stitching make up a signature look for this new model.
What the Carrera T gets that the standard one doesn’t though are things like Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) as well as a Sport Chrono Package that is “weight optimized” to achieve the aforementioned weight savings. This package also includes a short throw shifter for more precise gear engagement as well as a gearbox with shortened ratios to help the car get up to speed. As a cherry on top, the 911 Carrera T is also available with rear axle steering – something that you can’t get on a base 911 Carrera.
Since this version of based off the standard 911, the same 3.0 bi-turbo flat-six engine pushing 370PS and 450Nm of torque can be found in the Carrera T. With a better power to weight ratio, 0-100 km/h is achieved in 4.5 seconds – a tenth quicker than the standard model. While this model crowns itself with a manual transmission, Porsche will still offer it with a PDK dual clutch gearbox which can bring the 0 – 100 km/h time to 4.2 seconds.
The 911 T is now available for ordering and will be on sale in the US beginning March 2018.