2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T First Drive: A Tribute To Base Brilliance

2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T First Drive: A Tribute To Base Brilliance


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The 911 T comes standard with Porsche’s adaptive sport suspension and torque-vectoring rear axle, neither of which are available on the normal Carrera and cost extra on the Carrera S. A sport exhaust system is also standard, as are staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch wheels. Rear-axle steering is available, which is nice if you want a little more agility, but the Gulf Blue car I drove wasn’t fitted with this option, and I never felt like I was missing out on a crucial bit of performance enhancement.

2023 911 Carrera TSteven Ewing/SlashGear

Some T-rific (sorry) design flourishes include gray wheels and mirror caps, as well as the model script on the door sills, which I can see being hot with some body colors but is thankfully something you can ditch. Inside, the biggest change is the deletion of the 911’s typically useless rear seats, opening up big wells perfect for groceries and cargo. The T also comes with a GT Sport steering wheel and RaceTex cloth inserts, but you can option fixed carbon-fiber buckets if you’re feeling particularly hardcore. Thinner glass and reduced sound deadening are also parts of the T updo, both of which help save weight.

2023 911 Carrera TSteven Ewing/SlashGear

All told, the Carrera T is 100 pounds lighter than a base 911, but the aforementioned seat delete and lightweight interior materials don’t tell the whole story. The 911 T also comes with a lighter bit of hardware that you can’t get on the standard Carrera: a seven-speed manual transmission.

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November 23, 2022 at 03:18PM

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