Porsche likes to pay homage to its past. Once your aura model has been Produced since the 1960s, has a rich history to exploit. The 2023 911 Carrera BILLION is the latest car to get a classic treatment, although it’s certainly not an old-fashioned sports car. Intended to evoke the feel of the original 1968 Carrera T, the new car adds performance-enhancing features from elsewhere in the car. Squad 911 while reducing weight and cutting out luxuries to create a pure sports car.
This is not Porsche’s first contemporary T model for the 911, as it relaunch decoration during the tenure of the 991-generation car. More recently, Porsche introduced a SUV Macan TILLas 718 Boxster BILLION and 718 Cayman BILLION all use a similar lightweight, performance-enhancing formula. The 911 Carrera T creates a sense of focus and offers just enough modern conveniences to avoid being under-equipped.
Carrera Base meets Carrera S
The entry-level 911 Carrera has a 379hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine but only comes with an 8-speed PDK automatic transmission, while the pricier version Carrera WILL power up to 443 hp and can use Porsche’s excellent 7-speed manual transmission. The Carrera T essentially split the difference, sticking with the 379-horsepower version of the flat-six but opening up the availability of a seven-speed manual transmission. Porsche will build you a Carrera T with PDK, but doing so takes away some of the T’s weight-saving abilities. For what it’s worth, the automatic transmission car is said to be faster, with Porsche claiming a 0 to 60 second time of 3.8 seconds for the PDK and 4.3 seconds for the manual.
In addition to the standard paddle shifters, the Carrera T adds a mechanical limited-slip differential, Porsche’s PASM active suspension with sport-tuned dampers, and staggered wheels and tires. The 20-inch front wheel wears rubber with a width of 245 cross-section, while the 21-inch rear wheel wears a wider 305 rubber. Rear-axle steering is optional, although our Gulf Blue example doesn’t have it. All Carrera Ts come standard with the popular Sport Chrono package and feature Agate Gray exterior trim and a sports exhaust system with gloss black exhausts.
Porsche says the Carrera T is 100 pounds heavier than the base model despite the extra equipment. Weight-saving measures include the removal of rear seats, reduced noise, a smaller battery, and thinner window glass. The result is more sound in the cabin, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. When hustling, you hear more of the engine’s melodies, including the hum of the turbines, but at steady highway speeds, the engine hum is heard inside the cabin and can be a bit tiring.
The Carrera T is surprisingly accessible and even novice drivers will find it easy to skim corners with surgical precision. At the same time, its travel is surprisingly compliant, and the suspension does a good job of managing rough road sections, rounding out the sharp edges of most bumpy roads.
The winding roads in the canyon—like one of the places we drive Carrera T near Los Angeles—where the car feels most comfortable. Its steering is sharp and easy to communicate with, and the manual transmission, too, has a clear clutch pick-up point. While these controls feel completely natural, the brakes will take some getting used to. When first moving with the pedal, the brake biting hard and adjusting smoothly is a learned behavior.
Our test car’s all-black cabin seemed a bit dull. While it’s put together nicely, it’s not flashy enough given the Carrera T’s $118,050 starting price. Besides removing the rear seats, Porsche also omits features meant to save money. weight. That helps with the Carrera T’s purist-focused feel, but we appreciated the ability to fully adjust the seats electrically instead of power reclining combined with manual front-and-back movement.
The seats themselves are comfortable and supportive, with cushioning suitable for tough driving but not uncomfortable in everyday use. The optional Interior Package adds some color inside with stripes on the seats, seat belt color and embroidered logos on the headrests and floor mats of your choice of Slate Gray or Lizard Green. Leather seats for the doors and dashboard are also available, as are 18-way power seats. Porsche carbon fiber racing seats are also available.
As with other 911 models, there is very little room for small items in the cabin, but the advantage is that there is a spacious luggage rack in the usual position of the rear seats, providing space for suitcases or luggage. duffle bag. The back seat can be added back at no extra cost if you wish, but we’d guess most drivers would welcome the extra cargo space instead.
Overall, the Carrera T captures the original spirit of the ’60s despite being a thoroughly modern car. The 911’s lineup is already extensive, and it looks like another variant will have a hard time finding a niche. But Porsche’s aim with the Carrera T is to combine performance, simplicity and relative affordability. For true enthusiasts, it’s a niche worth filling.
Porsche 911 Carrera T 2023
Vehicle type: rear-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-passenger, two-door coupe
Twin turbocharger and intercooler DOHC 24-valve flat-six, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Teleport: 182 in32981 cm3
Power: 379 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm
7-speed manual, 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 96.5 inches
Length: 178.3 inches
Width: 72.9 inches
Height: 50.8 inches
Passenger weight: 72 ft3
Cargo weight, F/R: 5/9 ft3
Limited weight (CD Estimated): 3250-3350 lb
PERFORMANCE (CD 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
FUEL SAVING EPA (CD EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 20-21/18/24-25 mpg
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