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Carrera T

Why Does The Porsche Carrera T Exist, Anyway?

It might look like a base 911, but it inherits a slew of minor performance adders to change its character completely.

Simplified, straightforward, and incredibly well-engineered, the Carrera T offers both the purist and the tech-sensitive engineer no shortage of qualities to admire. Incredible ergonomics, stellar visibility, a direct steering system, good power, and a wonderful compromise for everyday usage make this Carrera T perfect for the discreet, discerning owners out there.

The Spirit

It’s obviously sharper and more focused than the base 911, but more subdued and more affordable than the riotous GT3. With more emphasis on driving pleasure, the Carrera T’s seven-speed manual engages the driver with a slick shift, perfect pedal location, and wonderfully informative steering. Perhaps the steering doesn’t writhe in your hands quite like that of the air-cooled cars, but the feedback is enough to encourage any driver over a bumpy backroad, which is perhaps where it’s at its best.

The Powerplant

Compliant enough for the imperfections of the real world, but stiff enough to give the car a definite sense of purpose, it is one of the best for everyday usage. That’s reinforced by the retention of the standard 3.0-liter, 375-horsepower engine. Perhaps it’s wrong to say it feels normally aspirated since the torque hits its peak figure at 1,900 rpm, but it doesn’t have a violent surge which prevents the driver from leaning on the car through canyon roads. Linear and responsive, this turbocharged motor doesn’t feel turbocharged, and that makes it more engaging than some of the punchier powerplants higher up the lineup. Plus, with shorter gear ratios, it’s far from sluggish; with the sports exhaust as standard, it’s not hushed or muted like you might expect a turbocharged motor in a lesser model might be.

Its simplistic appearance belies its focused, friendly, and very satisfying character.

The Verdict

It may lack the outrageous performance and cachet of the GT lineup, but think of the practicality, the added engagement, and the amount of performance which most people can realistically appreciate. With less power and lower limits, it isn’t quite as intimidating as some of the faster members of the 911 family, and that is part of why it’s a wonderful machine. Is it a GT3 Lite? Not quite, but it does reflect some of that less-is-more mentality which made the old air-cooled cars so involving. As that sense of simplicity is something which seems less important every year, the Carrera T is a reminder of what really matters in a usable sports car.

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Resurrecting a 911T, Dust and All

Graham bought his 1969 Porsche 911T back in the mid-1990s, long before the air-cooled 911 boom. Graham found his purple 911T in the Netherlands, and after parting with a then-substantial number of guilders (which Porsche reports was equal to about €21k), he drove the car home. Upon his return the purple T became Graham’s daily driver. It made regular forays to UK shows, trips across the continent, and braved London traffic for the next four years.

After four years with the car though, Graham left for the UAE, and the car was left behind in a London parking facility. While Graham thought he would be spending just a few years in the UAE, his brief move quickly turned into a decade, and the 911 sat. It sat, accumulating dust, and amusingly the word « shill » was fingered into the dust on its flank.

When Graham returned, the dust-shrouded 911 was sent to Tower Porsche, who had cared for the car before he departed. Surprisingly, the long-idle car returned to life swiftly with a fresh battery and a few cranks on the air-cooled flat-six. With some further fettling, fresh Michelins, and tuning the car was returned to running order.

But Graham opted not to clean it. Still ensconced in its protective layer of London car park dust, the car was driven from London to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. There Porsche spotted Graham and his purple 911T, and concocted a plan: Bring John’s classic T and the marque’s modern-minimalist Carrera T together.

While the Flatsixes staff is somewhat split in our feelings on the new T, seeing the new and old cars together warms the cockles of even my curmudgeonly, blackened heart. The two cars are separated by five decades, seemingly dozens of ECUs, and about 1,000 pounds, but they are united in both layout and spirit.

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24 Variations on a Theme: Picking the Right 911 Derivative

Ford currently produces eleven Mustang derivatives, and Chevrolet makes eight Corvette variants(both of these figures include the coupe and convertible variations of the same trim separately). That’s a lot of choices from a nation known for customizing and individualization. Where variations on a theme are concerned, the Americans cannot be considered in the same breath as Porsche. There are twenty four 911 derivatives currently on sale, and the range of choices is staggering. Two-wheel drive or four? Hardtop, full convertible, or Targa? Even power output nearly doubles from the least to most powerful model in the lineup. Thankfully, Porsche understands that the full 911 lineup can be confusing, and sums it up neatly in under five minutes.

For buyers, some choices are driven by budget. Not every prospective Porsche buyer can put $293k on the masthead for a GT2 RS, nor should they. As the video shows, not every Porsche model is made for the same purpose. A buyer looking for a usable, everyday sports car should probably stay away from the GT range’s glorious odes to speed at all costs. At the same time, buyers who spend every possible moment at the track will not be as well served by a Carrera S as one of the more focused 911 variants.

Picking a 911

Let’s run through the 991.2 decision making process. For the purpose of this exercise, let’s call our hypothetical buyer Andrew. For the sake of not making up a purely theoretical person with absurd needs that cause them to daily drive a GT3 RS in Saskatchewan, I’m going to base this person on my dad. He has has been considering buying a 911 or a Cayman for some time, and his current daily driver is a Golf GTI Autobahn.

Andrew lives in the Northeast, and has an uncanny ability to find studded snow tires in sizes heretofore unknown to mere mortals. He has also been known to have winter and summer brake setups to work around winter wheel clearance issues. To my knowledge he’s never owned a car or truck with four-wheel drive, despite living deep in the land of ice and snow. He’s not a big fan of convertibles.

He has also been racing motorcycles for more than thirty years, and when he goes to a track, he prefers two wheels to four. His preference is for simplicity and usability. He’s a long time hot-hatch fan because of the high smiles-per-dollar ratio, and (until recently) the segment’s lack of driver aids. Ultimate output is not important, but grip and driver-involvement are.

So, in this case we can pretty safely remove the all-wheel drive variants, bringing the total number of choices from 24 to 12. Given his preference for spending track time on two wheels, the GT models can be ruled out as well, removing another three choices. Of the remaining eleven 911s, five are convertibles and can be eliminated. This leaves the Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera T, and Carrera GTS. Based on his disdain for complexity, and attitude of driver involvement before other concerns, the Carrera T then becomes the most logical choice.

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Porsche 911 : la Carrera T devrait perdurer

Les détails concernant la nouvelle génération de Porsche 911 continuent de poindre. La Carrera T devrait toujours figurer au catalogue. La version Carrera T de la Porsche 911 a récemment fait son apparition au catalogue de la marque. Cette version correspond un peu, au niveau des Carrera, à ce qui est proposé avec les GT3, […]

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Porsche 911 T & Carrera T – ROAD TRIP : l’instant T

Ayant un sens aiguisé du commerce, Porsche fait vraiment feu de tout bois. Après les SUV et les moteurs diesels, le passé figure aujourd’hui parmi les combustibles lucratifs de la firme de Zuffenhausen qui, à la moindre occasion, fait ressurgir de prestigieux labels ayant contribué à son indéfectible renommée.

GTS, RS, R, SpeedsterRien n’est trop beau, ni trop vieux pour rehausser l’authenticité, l’exclusivité et par là même, le tarif d’un modèle. Quitte, pourquoi pas, à le décliner dans un nombre limité d’exemplaires.

L’indéboulonnable 911 surfe particulièrement sur cette vague nostalgico-spéculative. Parmi les dernières trouvailles en date : la Carrera T, apparue en concession début 2018, à l’occasion des 50 ans de la 911 Touring, née en 1968.

Le pire dans tout cela ? Tout le monde marche dans la combine, nous y compris. Nous n’aurons pas rechigné longtemps avant de nous précipiter au volant de cette énième version. Direction la Bourgogne.

Promesse d’un retour aux sources de la sportivité, la “T” se targue d’être 20 kg plus légère qu’une Carrera “tout court” dont elle dérive. A condition toutefois de renoncer au GPS et aux places arrière…disponibles sans supplément….See more pictures on Auto moto : magazine auto et moto

 

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