Porsche Debuts Sports Purist Performer: 2018 911 Carrera T
Porsche revives sports car purism with the launch of a lighter-weight 911 Carrera T midsize premium sporty coupe next year. The 2018 911 Carrera T (representing Touring) initially debuted in 1968. Today’s model weighs 100 lbs. less than a Carrera 4S, features a manual transmission with shorter gear ratio, and an optional sport suspension to offer enhanced performance and handling, Porsche says. Orders are being taken for the 911 Carrera T that will arrive at U.S. dealerships by March 2018, with a suggested starting retail price of $103,050 (including destination fees), according to Porsche.
The new 911 Carrera T’s design emphasizes aerodynamics, with an optimized front spoiler lip, rear decklid louvers, and PASM sport suspension. Less sound insulation and lighter glass is used on the rear windshield and rear side windows to lower weight. Door loops replace handles. Sport side mirrors are done in Agate Grey and the 911 Carrera T rides on 20-in. Carrera S wheels in Titanium Grey. All badging is Agate Grey except for the exhaust tips, which are dipped in black. Exterior color choices include Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White, and Miami Blue plus metallic-based Carrara White, Jet Black, and GT Silver.
Power for the Carrera T is provided by Porsche’s twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-6 engine that generates 370 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque and can propel the car from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds with the manual transmission. A top speed of 182 mph has been achieved at the track, Porsche says. When equipped with an optional PDK dual-clutch transmission, it can reach 60 mph in 4 seconds flat, using a launch-control feature that achieves 180 mph. Rear-axle steering is also available.
The car’s new interior features black 4-way adjustable sport seats with centers in Sport-Tex. Headrests are embroidered with black "911" logos. Optional buckets can be ordered for the first time on a 911, while rear seats can be deleted. The GT Sport Steering wheel includes a switch for driving modes, and the shifter has an embossed red pattern. All interior dashboard and door trim is black with contrast stitching treatments in Racing Yellow, Guards Red, or GT Silver.
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