A Porsche for the Purist

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

The new Porsche 911 Car­rera T pays homage to the Porsche 911 T that se­cured the first vic­tory for Porsche in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1968, which was fol­lowed up by three fur­ther wins.

With the 911 Car­rera T, Porsche is re­viv­ing the purist con­cept be­hind the 911 T of 1968, with less weight, shorter trans­mis­sion ra­tios from the man­ual gear­box (yes, a man­ual gear­box!), and rear-wheel drive with me­chan­i­cal rear dif­fer­en­tial lock that trans­lates into en­hanced per­for­mance and in­tense driv­ing plea­sure. Ex­tremely ath­letic, but un­der­stated in its ap­pear­ance, the 911 Car­rera T’s unique ap­pear­ance is based on the 911, ex­cept that the 911 Car­rera T weighs 20 kg less than a 911 Car­rera with sim­i­lar equip­ment.

Ev­ery as­pect of the equip­ment in the 911 Car­rera T is de­signed to op­ti­mise sporti­ness, which is re­flected in the de­sign of the 911 Car­rera T that high­lights the emo­tion­al­ity and sporti­ness of the rear-wheel-drive coupé, both in­side and out­side.

The 3-litre 6-cylin­der flat en­gine with twin kw and a max­i­mum torque of 450 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm, which en­ables the 911 Car­rera T to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 sec­onds. Porsche Dop­pelkup­plung (PDK) is also avail­able as an op­tion on the Car­rera T, en­abling the ve­hi­cle to reach 100 km/h in 4.2 sec­onds. Both trans­mis­sion vari­ants en­able a top speed of over 290 km/h.

The new model is eas­ily recog­nis­able thanks to its 20-inch Car­rera S wheels in Ti­ta­nium Grey, and the “911 Car­rera T” lo­gos on the in Agate Grey on the rear, and the sports ex­haust sys­tem with cen­trally po­si­tioned tailpipes painted in black.

An ex­cel­lent weight-to-power ra­tio, the in­her­ently su­pe­rior trac­tion of the rear en­gine sports car and its ex­cep­tional re­li­a­bil­ity were the keys to the 911 T’s suc­cess 50 years ago. These are the same char­ac­ter­is­tics that still dis­tin­guish the 911 Car­rera T to this day as it fol­lows the same purist ap­proach of less is more.

Price: R 1,536,000

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