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Porsche has another special edition 911 about to hit showrooms worldwide after announcing its new 911 Carrera T. Based on a 991.2 Carrera, the Carrera T offers a proper back-to-basics driving experience for the 911 connoisseur, which the company says draws inspiration from its early long-bonnet 911T models.
The car retains the same 370hp turbocharged flat six as the entry-level Carrera, with drive fed via a mechanical limited slip differential to the rear axle only – an all-wheel-drive variant is not available. The Carrera T’s puristic driving experience is enhanced by the presence of a seven-speed manual gearbox (though PDK is optional), which has been re-geared for a much shorter final drive. The shifter itself has been shortened to mimic the look of that used in the 991 R and 991.2 GT3.
A modest weight saving programme sees 20kg removed over the Carrera, thanks to lightweight glass used for the rear and side windows, a removal of sound deadening, and pull grabs for the interior door handles. Rear seats have also been removed and the Carrera T comes without a PCM unit, though customers may spec it back in as a no-cost option. Continuing the ‘basic-spec’ theme which characterised those early 911T cars, the Carrera T’s seats are the four-way Sports seats, albeit with electric adjustment. Full bucket seats are available as an option.
The Carrera T also boasts numerous other specification features not present on the entrylevel Carrera, such as a Sports chassis, lowering the car by 10mm, and the Sport Chrono Package – though this comes without the dash-mounted timing clock. Rear axle steering, again not available on the 991.2 Carrera, is an optional extra. The Carrera T is available from £85,576 in the UK (other markets may vary), an increase of just £7,500 over the 991.2 Carrera. Porsche say the Carrera T is not a limited numbers 911.