Porsche produces a number of different variations of the 911 Carrera coupes which are a bit confusing. Despite this, Porsche has added yet another 911 Carrera variant dubbed “ 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T ”. For a moment you may take the “T” to mean “turbocharged” but this is not the case; for one, all current 911 models are turbocharged. The “T” actually stands for “Touring”. Porsche has drawn inspiration for the new model from a 1968 911 that went by the same name. The new model is the lightest 911 outside the GT range. The model slots between the base 911 and the performance-oriented Carrera S; it, in fact, borrows a number of features from the GTS.
2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T Exterior
The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T looks so much like the regular 911 but it has some unique features. However, most people will struggle to identify the difference between the regular models and the T. The front fascia, for example, is almost identical to that of standard models; however, the T features an aerodynamically enhanced spoiler lip. In addition, unlike base 911s, the Carrera T’s Sports Design side mirrors have an Agate Grey finish unlike on base models where they feature the same color as the body.
The sides are more unique; the model rides on 20-inch wheels similar to those on the Carrera S. The wheels have a Titanium Grey paint finish and feature a stripe with a “T” label. There is also another stripe just above the side skirt with the full “911 Carrera T” inscription. The Carrera T sits closer to the ground due to its PASM sports suspension but you won’t notice this by just looking at the model.
At the rear, unlike in base models, the deck-lid grille and the Porsche badge have an Agate Grey paint finish. There is also“911 Carrera T” lettering also in an Agate Grey finish. The model’s sports exhaust system features black tips. To help save weight, lightweight glass is used on the rear side windows and windscreen.
Standard exterior colors include Racing Yellow, Miami Blue, White, Lava Orange, Guards Red and Black. Jet Black, Carrera White as well as GT Silver are offered as options.
The cabin of the Carrera T adds several race-inspired features not available in the standard Carrera models. To start with, Sports Seats Plus are standard; these seats which have a black finish are 4-way power adjustable. The center section of the seats is made of Sport-Tex and a “911” logo is embossed on each seat’s headrest. Buyers can also opt for full bucket seats. This option comes without the rear seats to reduce weight and improve performance.
The weight saving measures don’t end there, the door handles feature fabric loops which add a race-inspired look to the door panels, there is also thinner sound insulation which means the cabin is louder but I guess it is worth it as it makes the Carrera T faster.
The dash and doors have a black trim. Adding the Interior package introduces Racing Yellow, GT Silver or Guards Red contrasting colors. The T also features a leather-wrapped GT Sport steering wheel with a switch that is used for mode selection. There is a shorter gear lever that has an embossed red shift pattern.
Engine and performance
Powering the 2018 Porsche Carrera T is a turbocharged 3.0 L, flat-six good for 370 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. The mill mates to a 7-speed manual transaxle transmission system. With this system, the Carrera T takes 4.3 seconds to sprint from 0-62 mph (tenths of a second faster than standard models). Adding the optional seven-speed PDK dual clutch system reduces the time to 62 mph by 3 tenths of a second. The 2018 Carrera T has a top speed of 182 mph.
Performance of the model is enhanced by its light curb-weight which at only 3,142 makes it the lightest 911 model with the exception of the GT range. The Carrera T also comes with a shorter rear gear ratio and a locking differential.
Price and release date
The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T will arrive in dealerships next year in March. The base model has an MSRP of $102, 100; one has to pay an extra $1,050 for processing, handling, and delivery. At this price, the Carrera T is $11,000 more expensive than the base 911 Carrera and only $3,000 cheaper than the Carrera S. Adding the PDK package hikes the model’s price to $105,830.