Porsche 911 T proves light is right when there is a need for speed

Regina Leader-Post - - DRIVING - DEREK MCNAUGHTON Driving.ca

What is it? The Porsche 911 comes in about as many flavours as ice cream, from the 370-horse­power base car to the mad-hat­ter GT2 RS. But this new 911 T aims to un­der­cut them all in that most vi­tal statis­tic for sports cars: Weight. At 1,452 kilo­grams, the two-seater is 20 kg lighter than a 911 Car­rera with com­pa­ra­ble equip­ment.

Why does it mat­ter? Stripped of some sound-dead­en­ing ma­te­rial, thin­ner rear glass, door straps in­stead of pulls and no back seats, the 911 T is meant for purists. The en­gine might be the same as in the base car, but sport ex­haust is stan­dard, as is a lim­ited-slip rear dif­fer­en­tial, Porsche’s sport sus­pen­sion sys­tem and 20-inch wheels. Sport seats with fab­ric in­serts are unique to this model, as are the steer­ing wheel and shifter for

the seven-speed man­ual. A PDK is op­tional.

When is it com­ing? The 911 Car­rera T will be in Canada in spring 2018 and can be or­dered now, start­ing from $116,500.

Should you buy one? While more than a base Car­rera, but less than a C2S, and with just the right per­for­mance op­tions, the 911 T might even be con­sid­ered a “bar­gain Porsche.”

DEREK MCNAUGHTON/DRIVING

2018 Porsche 911 Car­rera T

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