2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T debuts as a light-hearted Carrera


Why should GT3 Touring have all the fun?

I know, there are already a confusing number of variants in the 992-gen Porsche 911 lineup, but, you know, there’s gotta be a non-GT3 Touring variant, and that’s what the 911 Carrera T is all about. For those who are still scratching their heads, the ‘T’ stands for Touring. Order books are already open, but the car is expected to be available at authorized dealers in February 2023. The price in Germany starts at €123,845 (including VAT and country-specific equipment). UK price starts at £98,500 (including VAT), and for the U.S. market, it’s gonna be $116,600.

Visually, the new 911 Carrera T doesn’t look all that different compared with the base 911 Carrera, however, if you look carefully, you’ll find some differences, such as a slightly larger front bumper spoiler; dark grey mirror caps; standard Carrera S wheels (20-inch front, 21-inch rear) in Titanium Grey; 911 Carrera T decals on the doors in Agate Grey; oval tailpipes of the sports exhaust system in high-gloss black, and rear badges in Agate Grey. The electric glass sunroof (€2,249) or a carbon fibre roof (€3,558.10) remain optional extras.

On the inside, you get standard four-way adjustable Sports Seats Plus, while there’s an option to go for the Adaptive Sports Seats Plus (18-way, electric) (€2,623.95), as well as the even sportier and lightweight full bucket seats featuring Race Tex (a high-quality microfibre material with recycled polyester content) seat centres. Matte black and high-gloss black decorative elements round off the T interior. Optionally, the seat belts can be ordered in Slate Grey or Lizard Green. And, as you can probably tell from the photos, the rear seats are deleted as standard to save some weight (available as a no-cost option). Reduced sound insulation material, lightweight glass and a lightweight battery shave off even more weight.

The Sport Chrono package is included as standard, while the PASM sports suspension is lowered by 10 mm. The rear-axle steering remains to be an optional extra (€2,249.10).

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the new 911 Carrera T is powered by the same 3.0L (2,981 cc) twin-turbo 6-cylinder boxer engine as the base Carrera, with 283 kW (385 metric hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is coupled with a 7-speed manual gearbox as standard, while an 8-speed PDK is also available (no-cost option). The manual gearbox along with the aforementioned weight-saving measures make the Carrera T 35 kg (77 lbs) lighter than the base 911 Carrera with a standard 8-speed PDK. Also, do note that in the base 911 Carrera, the manual gearbox is no longer available. But anyway, the official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 4.5 seconds (Carrera: 4.2 seconds) and the top speed is 291 km/h (181 mph) (Carrera: 293 km/h).

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