The steps taken to a fully autonomous future only serve to highlight that demand for hyper-analogue cars that focus on the basic pleasure of driving is only ever increasing. Porsche sensed an opportunity with its limited edition 911 R and recently launched GT3 Touring. Now, the standard 911 Carrera is receiving the T treatment.
Porsche is well versed in spinning out 911 variants, and the 911T was a moniker first introduced in 1968. It featured a stripped out interior and some performance enhancements not usually made available on the Carrera and that theme is carried on here.
The interior can be as back-to-basics as you like, with reduced sound deadening, lightweight glass for the rear and rear-side windows, no rear seats, door handles (instead, you get these nylon loops) or even Porsche’s infotainment system. The result is a claimed kerb weight of 1,425kg, some 20kg less than the standard 911 Carrera.
Outside, the 911 T will be marked out only by Porschephiles with a bespoke front bumper, grey metallic exterior mirror housings, 20-inch alloy wheels and reworked slats atop the turbocharged 3.0-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder petrol engine.
Sadly no naturally aspirated units here, but there is the option of a seven-speed manual gearbox with revised, shorter shifts, rear-wheel steering, a mechanical locking differential to the rear wheels and PASM sports suspension, which lowers its ride height by 20mm. Porsche claims a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec for the manual, 4.2sec if you order the dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Porsche 911 Carrera T is available to order now, with prices starting from £85,576 in the UK and deliveries commencing in January.