911T per­for­mance

Total 911 - - Views - Brian Berninger

dear Sir,

I read your mag­a­zine reg­u­larly and en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on the his­tory of the 911T in is­sue 169. On page 47 Chris Ran­dall states the 1972 T “was a de­cently strong per­former with the 0-62 sprint reeled off in 7.6 sec­onds and a 128mph top speed. Still notably in­fe­rior to the S, it’s true, but em­i­nently re­spectable.” Ear­lier in the para­graph power out­put for the 1972 T is stated as 130hp.

I would add that the US T came with 140hp. Test­ing by Car and Driver found the 1972 US T “to have the same ac­cel­er­a­tion (15.1 sec/91.7 mph) in the quar­ter mile as the 1969 S three years be­fore”, and they noted “it was a lot less fussy about the way it’s driven” (Feb. 1972). Mo­tor Trend went fur­ther, call­ing the 1972 T the “best Porsche ever” due to its com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance and driv­abil­ity af­ter test­ing the T, E and S (May 1972).

The quar­ter-mile time of 15.1 sec­onds re­ported by Car and Driver for the 2.4T is quicker than the 15.9 sec­onds re­ported by Mo­tor Trend for the

2.2E (May 1970). Mo­tor Trend also tested the 2.4T (May 1972) and found its quar­ter-mile time to be 15.7 sec­onds, again quicker than the 2.2E. The in­creased torque of the 2.4 made quite a dif­fer­ence in per­for­mance. there have al­ways been fluc­tu­a­tions in per­for­mance from coun­try to coun­try ow­ing to de­viances in spec­i­fi­ca­tions. For ex­am­ple, the ’72t came with 130bhp in the UK but 140bhp in the States as US cars were fu­elin­jected. re­gard­ing the 1972 t be­ing “the best porsche ever,” we’d have to dis­agree with those com­ments. While the 911t is a great 911, the e and S have bet­ter per­for­mance, spec­i­fi­ca­tion and han­dling, and are no more dif­fi­cult to drive. We all have dif­fer­ent per­sonal tastes, so we’re glad you’ve found favour with the 1972 t.

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