If it is the unadul­ter­ated soul of a 911 that you’re after, at en­try level prices, Porsche has just obliged with a Car­rera T. EGMONT SIP­PEL tack­led the lo­cal launch drive on a stormy West­ern Cape day.

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Re­assess­ing the ba­sics of per­for­mance

In the pre-am­ble to A Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude, one of the great­est nov­els yet, Colom­bian au­thor Gabriel Gar­cía Márquez pro­vides a pedi­gree chart of his main pro­tag­o­nists, the Buendía fam­ily.

It’s a vast list of names, all linked by the same sur­name.

The list, in fact, ri­vals the fam­ily tree of Porsche’s most iconic car, the 911, which is an in­di­ca­tion of how pro­lific the Buendías were.

For just when you were start­ing to think: “This is it”, an­other one would pop up; an­other Buendía, an­other 911 – with the

Car­rera T be­ing the lat­est.


The moniker is de­rived from the orig­i­nal 911 T, fa­mous for win­ning the gru­elling Monte Carlo Rally in 1968.

The for­mula for suc­cess was sim­ple: re­duce mass by strip­ping out a 911, add a me­chan­i­cal rear dif­fer­en­tial lock for bet­ter trac­tion and shorten the gear ra­tios for im­proved ac­cel­er­a­tion.

So, how to cre­ate a mod­ern 911 Car­rera T? Well, fol­low the blue­print and voila: a spar­tanly equipped sports coupé at the en­try-level end of the 911 spec­trum.

Which doesn’t make it cheap, not­with­stand­ing Porsche’s mar­ket­ing blurp at the lo­cal launch, in which the sticker price of R1.536 mil­lion was – in Roy Licht­en­stein or even Pep Store fash­ion – rather cheek­ily splashed across a comic book im­age of an ex­plod­ing blop, or a yel­low star, all slapped across a red back­ground.

Tongue in cheek it was, this graphic. But it made a point. As it stands, the T is the sec­ond most af­ford­able 911, after bid­ding opens at R1.41 mil­lion for the Car­rera Coupé.

So, why is the T more ex­pen­sive, if it is

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