Meet The Porsche 911 T: The Purest, Lightest 911 On The Road

Porsche 911 Carrera T revealed as pared-back special

Porsche 911 Carrera T revealed as pared-back variant

On the exterior, Porsche has fitted the vehicle with an aerodynamically optimized front spoiler lip and exterior mirrors that are painted in Agate Grey. Buyers can also option the new auto with rear-wheel steering.

The "T" in the new 911 Carrera T is Porsche's way of reminding people of the 911 T of 1968, which favored a pure driving experience above everything else.

Porsche will be expanding its 911 Carrera line-up with a new model designated Carrera T. Inspired by the 1968 911 T, this new 911 variant is created to offer a more focused driving experience than its Carrera and Carrera S siblings, without the six-figure price tag and exclusivity of the more serious GT3. Thanks to the manual transmission with a shorter constant transaxle ratio and the mechanical rear differential lock, the 911 Carrera T accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds, 0.1 second quicker than the standard 911 Carrera.

The weight reduction achieved by swapping out standard glass for lightweight glass, there's also less sound insulation material and the interior door openers are replaced by opener loops. The auto also features 20-inch Carrera S wheels and a stripe that signifies the model designation. The standard Sport Exhaust System with black exhaust tips characterizes the rear of the vehicle. The "911 Carrera T" logos represent another distinctive feature at the side. The 911 T is available in Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue as well as the metallic colors Carrera White, Jet Black and GT Silver are available.

The appearance of the passenger compartment also has a sporty and puristic emphasis.

Inside the seats feature seat centers in Sport-Tex and the headrests have an embroidered 911 logo. 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. Porsche will also offer the same "full bucket" seats available on the GT3 as an option, another feature denied to buyers of other 911s. Seen here are the GT sports steering wheel with leather and a mode switch.

The Carrera T shares its 3-litre flat-six turbocharged engine with the standard Carrera, producing 365bhp and a stout 332lb ft of torque.

The net result is a 20kg weight saving over the standard 911, with the auto weighing in at 1425kg. The model reaches the 200-km/h limit in just 15.1 seconds. With the manual transmission, the Carrera T can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds, 0.1 seconds quicker than the standard 911 Carrera. With the standard seven-speed manual, it gets to 60 in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 182.

The new 911 Carrera T is on sale now, with Australian deliveries set to start in the second quarter of 2018.

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