We're not sure about the actual numbers, but it appears most Porsche owners (our editor included) are a bunch of old (sorry, mature) men who can't get enough of scenic back-road drives in their tourer. Now, they have a new 911 option to consider. Porsche just announced yet another Carrera, this time, the 911 Carrera T (T for touring). Sitting between the standard 911 Carrera and the more powerful 911 Carrera S, the new lightweight sportscar is apparently geared towards drivers in search of a “purist driving experience with exceptionally sporty equipment”.
In our opinion though, and perhaps the more accurate description is that this could be the perfect 911 Carrera for those looking for a sportier package than the standard Carrera while not necessarily going all out for the more capable S version. That’s because features like the Carrera S’ mechanical slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring, Sport Chrono Package, and PASM Sport Suspension all come as standard with the T.
Borrowed from the regular Carrera, the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 385 PS and 450 Nm. The Carrera T can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds (with PDK) and has a top speed of 181mph.
The Carrera T comes with a seven-speed manual gearbox as standard while Porsche’s in-house eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available as a no-cost option. Either option will send the engine's output to the rear wheels.
Not much is changed in terms of design. What you do get though are some of Porsche's premium perks coming as standard with the T, a recurring theme throughout the all-new car. Titanium Grey Carrera S wheels measuring 20 inches in diameter at the front and 21 inches at the rear come as standard while the same is true for the Sport Exhaust System.
While the Carrera S was unveiled in Shark Blue and Python Green (two of four of the costlier ‘special colors’), buyers will have a large selection of colors to choose from for the new car. According to Porsche, the new 911 Carrera T will be available in, black, white, Guards Red, and Racing Yellow along with four metallic and four special colors. Porsche’s “Paint to Sample” program is also available for the first time and should add an extra 110 colors into the fray.
The story is quite similar on the inside, where Porsche adds a few niceties as standard with a slew of premium additions available as options. A GT sports steering wheel and four-way Sports Seats Plus come as standard while a matte black decorative trim and inlays in high-gloss black are also added to a pretty busy cabin. Unlike the regular Carrera and the S, the T ditches the entire rear seat row opting for a two seater setup instead. Porsche does mention though that the rear seats can be added at no extra cost upon request. Porsche’s touchscreen infotainment system is also available as standard.
An optional Carrera T interior package adds seat belts and stitching in contrasting Slate Grey or Lizard Green, floor mats in the same color combination, and 911 logos on the headrests. The package can also be enhanced with an extended leather trim . Seat upgrade options include 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus or lighter-weight Full Bucket Seats.
With a starting price of $116,600, the Porsche 911 Carrera T sticks out as the Carrera for the regular petrol-head. Meaner than the standard Carrera but slightly cheaper and not as powerful as the Carrera S. The Carrera T is available to order now ahead of deliveries scheduled for spring 2023.