Porsche’s 911 Carrera T is Now the Lightest Carrera You Can Buy [News]

Porsche 911 Carrera T
Feast your eyes upon another all-new 911 – the Carrera T. [Photo: Porsche]

The 2018 Porsche Carrera T is the lightest car in the range, but costs $11,000 more than a standard Carrera.

911 purists of the world, rejoice – Porsche is aiming their new 911 Carrera T (That’s T for “Touring”) squarely at you. Featuring lower weight, a manual transmission with shorter ratios, and a standard mechanical rear differential lock, this car underscores performance. The MSRP for the Carrera T starts at $102,100, excluding a $1,050 delivery charge. That’s a $11,000 premium over the standard Carrera. So just what do you get for your money?

Exterior Features of the 911 Carrera T

Externally, the Carrera T has a few distinctions to separate it from a standard Carrera. Up front, the T has a front spoiler lip that comes with the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) Sport Suspension. The rear windshield and windows are made from lighter glass. The mirrors and rear deck louvers are finished in Agate Gray. The 20-inch wheels come from the Carrera S, although they’re also finished in Agate Gray and stripes signifying the model. Finally, and most significantly, the 911 Carrera T with the Sport Suspension has a 0.39-inch lower ride height over the standard Carrera.

Interior Features of the 911 Carrera T

As with the outside, there are a few features throughout the interior that distinguish the Carrera T. When you open the door, the “Carrera T” sill plates let you know it’s not just a standard Carrera. 4-way electronically adjustable sports seats embossed with the “911” logo come standard. However, you can also get “Full Bucket Seats” as an option – another first for the Carrera. If you go for that option, the rear seats are also deleted. That’s probably just as well, as this car focuses on lightness.

Improved power-to-weight ratio

The Carrera T’s 3.0-liter flat-six engine produces 370 horsepower and 339 lbs. ft. of torque – the same output as the standard Carrera. However, due to the shorter ratios and rear diff lock, the manual version can reach 60 in 4.3 seconds. That is 0.1 seconds quicker than the standard car. The PDK version can reach 60 in 4.0 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the standard Carrera without the Sport Chrono Pack. Its top track speed is 180 MPH, which is a little slower, but that’s likely due to the shorter gearing. As it is slightly lighter than the standard car, it does have a better power-to-weight ratio.

So, there you have it, TFLcar community – another 911 for what some would consider an already bewildering range. It’s lighter, lower, and slightly faster a sprinter than the standard Carrera. Is that, and the “T” badge, worth an extra $11,000 over the standard car? Leave your thoughts below in the comments! Be sure to visit TFLcar.com for more news, views, and reviews!

Click here to read Porsche’s full press release on the new 911 Carrera T.