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I had a good chuckle when reading about Porsche’s new 911 Carrera T. I’ve had numerous 911s over the years and am well versed as to the company’s methodical approach to its mantra of ‘add lightness’, which often borders on the tedious (the 996 GT3 RS saved just 20kg in weight over the 996 GT3, for example).
However, this ‘Carrera Lightweight’ is a step too far. It’s laughable! The 991.2 Carrera is a heavy beast by any 911 standards, and we all know the car can be pared back significantly more so than the 20kg managed by the Carrera T. Instead I’m going to buy a bog-standard 991.2 Carrera and fit an Akrapovic exhaust to it: that’s about the same price as a Carrera T all-in but the exhaust alone saves more
in gross weight than this whole new car. It also unleashes more horsepower, whereas the T offers no power gain over a Carrera. In short, the Carrera T is the biggest marketing joke going – I can’t think why anybody would bother buying it.
We very much like the comparison between an akrapovic exhaust system and a 911 carrera t, duncan! While we too think the carrera t could have offered more in terms of being a pared-back purist’s car, we applaud porsche’s endeavour to listen to its customers who wanted a more focused 911 carrera that wasn’t as expensive as a Gt3. We reserve final judgement until our first drive very soon!