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New 911 T a back-to-basics Porsche


Mere days after launching the GTS versions of the 718 Cayman and Boxster, Porsche has added a new model to the 911 range in the form of the Carrera T.

Reviving a moniker first used in 1968 and claimed to be a back-to-basics 911, the T also comes in lighter than a regular 911 with the incorporation of a rear window made from lightweight glass, reduction in sound proofing, removal of the rear seats and infotainment system cutting weight by some 20 kg to 1 425 kg. Both latter items can however be installed as no-cost options.

Aesthetically, the T receives a new front lip spoiler, 20-inch Titan Grey alloy wheels, Agate Grey Metallic Sport Design mirrors, 911 T decals at the base of the doors also finished in Agate Grey Metallic, centrally mounted black exhaust outlets and a choice of eight colours.

Inside, the T swaps the standard 911's door handles for fabric door pulls and comes with four-way electric sport seats with the centre finished in Sport-Tex fabric, leather GT sports steering wheel, a shorter than normal gear lever with red shift pattern on manual models, black dashboard trim and the option of full-bucket seats.

A new option and exclusive to the T is the so-called T interior package where the door pulls, seat centres, 911 badge on the headrest and seat belts are finished in Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver.

Unlike the normally aspirated 911 R, the 911 T retains forced induction with the familiar 3.0-litre twin--turbocharged flat-six continuing to produce 272 kW and 450 Nm of torque, which Porsche claims allows to T to reach 100 km/h from zero in 4.5 seconds (4.1 second with the optional PDK gearbox) and on to a top speed of "over 290 km/h". A seven-speed manual gearbox is standard with the seven-speed PDK, as mentioned, being optional.

Order books for the 911 T are already open with local delivers expected to start at the end of February with pricing from R1 536 000, including a three year / 100 000 km Drive Plan.

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