PORSCHE 911 CARRERA T
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.
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.
OF BLUEpRINTS AND ROOTS
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