2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T goes back to basics
Porsche pays tribute to the past.Once the halo model is complete Produced since the 1960’s, has a rich history available.of 2023 911 Carrera T It’s certainly not an old-school sports car, but it’s the latest to get the retro treatment. Add 911 lineup We’ve created a purist sports car while trimming down on weight and luxury.
This is not Porsche’s first modern T model for the 911. resumed trim 991 generation car tenure.Recently, Porsche introduced Macan T SUVeven as 718 Boxster T When 718 Cayman T All models use the same lightweight, performance-enhanced formula. The 911 Carrera T makes you feel focused and offers just enough modern amenities to avoid being underequipped.
Encounter between Base Carrera and Carrera S
The entry-level 911 Carrera is powered by a 379 hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine, but only with an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission. Carrera S Output is up to 443 horsepower and can be paired with Porsche’s excellent seven-speed manual. The Carrera T essentially splits the difference, sticking with his 379-horsepower version of the flat six, but opening up the availability of a seven-speed manual. Porsche makes a Carrera T with his PDK, but doing so negates some of the T’s weight savings. For what it’s worth, the automatic car is said to be faster, with Porsche claiming a zero-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds for his PDK and 4.3 seconds for the manual car.
In addition to the standard stick shift, the Carrera T adds a mechanical limited-slip differential, Porsche’s PASM active suspension system with sport-tuned dampers, and Staggered Fit wheels and tires. The 20-inch front wheel wears 245-section wide rubber and the 21-inch rear wears a wider 305. Although not on the Gulf Blue example, a rear-axle steering system is optional. All Carrera Ts come standard with the popular Sport Chrono Package, featuring a sport exhaust system with Agate Gray exterior trim and gloss black tailpipes.
Porsche says the Carrera T is 100 pounds lighter than the base model, despite the extra equipment. Weight reduction includes removing the rear seats, reducing noise reduction, downsizing the battery, and thinning the window glass. As a result, more sound penetrates the cabin. This is both good and bad. When you’re hustling, you’ll hear more of the engine melody, including the spool of the turbo, but when you’re cruising on a steady highway, the engine rumbles in the cabin and can get a little tiring.
The Carrera T is surprisingly approachable, allowing even novice drivers to easily navigate corners with surgical precision. At the same time, its ride is surprisingly compliant, and the suspension manages rough stretches of pavement well and rounds out the sharp edges of most bumps.
winding canyon road what we drove The Carrera T, near Los Angeles, is where this car feels most at home. Its steering is crisp and transferable, as is her transmission, a manual with a distinct clutch take-up point. These controls feel completely natural, but the brakes take some getting used to. Early in the pedal travel, the brakes bite aggressively and the smooth adjustment is a learned behavior.
The all-black cabin of our test car looked a little dull. Well put together, but not flashy enough for his $118,050 starting price on the Carrera T. Beyond just getting rid of the rear seats, Porsche has simplified features to save weight. This helps with the Carrera T’s purist-focused feel, but I’d like to appreciate his full power seat adjustment rather than the combination of electric recline and manual forward and backward movement.
The seat itself is comfortable and supportive, good for hard driving but not uncomfortable for everyday use. An optional interior package allows you to decorate the interior in your choice of Slate Gray or Lizard Green, including seat stripes, seat belt livery and embroidered logos on the headrests and floor mats. There are also leather upholstery on the doors and dashboard, and 18-way electrically adjustable seats. Porsche’s very aggressive carbon fiber racing-style seats are also available.
As with other 911 models, there’s little room for small items throughout the cabin, but the upside is there’s ample parcel shelves to provide space for suitcases and duffel bags where the rear seats usually are. Rear seats can be added at no extra charge if desired, but we think most drivers would welcome the extra cargo room instead.
Overall, the Carrera T captures the stripped-down spirit of the ’60s originals while being a thoroughly modern car. The 911 line-up is already wide, and yet another variant seems to struggle to find a niche. But what Porsche is aiming for with the Carrera T is a blend of performance, simplicity and relative affordability. For true enthusiasts, it’s a niche worth filling.
2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T
Vehicle type: rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seater, two-door coupe
DOHC 24-valve flat 6 with twin turbochargers and intercoolers, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 182 inches32981 cm3
Power: 379hp @ 6500rpm
Torque: 331lb-ft @ 1900rpm
7-speed manual, 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 96.5 inches
Length: 178.3 inches
Width: 72.9 inches
Height: 50.8 inches
Passengers: 72 feet3
Cargo volume, F/R: 5/9 feet3
vehicle weight (CDs estimated): 3250-3350 lbs
performance (CDs EST
60 mph: 3.5-4.0 seconds
100 mph: 8.0-8.3 seconds
1/4 mile: 11.6-11.8 seconds
Top speed: 181 mph
EPA Fuel Savings (CDs EST
Combined/City/Highway: 20-21/18/24-25 mpg
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