porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t

BERLIN: Lose some weight, gain some fun: Every now and then Porsche builds a purist 911 according to this formula, and the new 911 Carrera T is trying to prove that you don’t have to buy an expensive GT to get this level of exhilaration.

Launching in February, the Carrera T is said to focus primarily on fun at the wheel and, rather than being a spin-off of some expensive Porsche model, it’s instead a development of the basic 911.

As such, it’s priced at the lower end of the model range, with prices in its home market of Germany starting at €123,845 (RM581,000).

Buyers can expect not only more performance, but also better handling from the lighter weight.

porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t

Although the same 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 385hp as in the 911 Carrera is fitted in the rear, the T-badged version weighs 35 kilos less.

This is mainly due to the manual gearbox instead of the dual clutch PDK gearbox, as well as thinner glazing and the absence of a rear seat.

However, buyers can also request the usual PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the leather upholstery at no extra charge.

Porsche says a new tuning of the chassis, which has been lowered by 1cm, also adds to the driving dynamics, as do the mechanical differential lock in the rear and the optional rear-axle steering, which is otherwise reserved for the more powerful models.

porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t

On paper, the Carrera T is ever so slightly inferior to the base model, and because of the manual gearbox, it can only hit a top speed of 291kph (instead of 293kph) and the sprint from 0 to 100kph takes even three tenths longer at 4.5 seconds.

But in practice, the weight difference means the two cars are worlds apart, says series manager Frank Moser.

porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t
porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t
porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t
porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t
porsche launches 911 as lightweight carrera t

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