And things only improved from there. It encourages you to drive fast, rather than intimidating you. Straps replace the conventional door handles as well, which is supposed to save weight somehow. By lap two, on a circuit that I'd never driven before in a car that I had only stepped into a couple of minutes earlier, it felt completely natural to be pushing the tires to their limits. On your favorite back road, you can use every inch of the car. Inside, you'll find the Porsche's snazzy new infotainment system ported over from the Panamera, while the gauge cluster features two digital screens flanking the traditional analog tachometer in the center. Overall though the 992 is fantastic.
Compared to most other cars, though, it's still quite a hoot. Unless you really, truly need the added traction of all-wheel drive, stick with the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S. The new car also benefits from an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission versus the previous 7-speed. Porsche will offer a seven-speed manual transmission at a later date. Since our tester was bright yellow, all the interior accents were done in yellow too, which again made the car feel more lighthearted. Unlike the original T, which was a base model with a much less powerful engine, the new T follows the Clubsport playbook to the letter. And of course, it's the lightest 911 available by 11 pounds.
That's the beauty of the 911 T. It's the regular 911 honed to be an ideal , even if it's not the fastest. The 911's interior takes a lot of cues from the Panamera and Cayenne, and gets a 10. Even as the rear tires start nibbling at the limits of adhesion, I'm dialing in opposite lock. With the rear seat removed optional and a bunch of sound deadening ripped out that's standard , the Carrera T lets in far more noise than a regular 911 Carrera.
Porsche has opened up its pantry and picked out the ideal optional components to create an ideal 911 Carrera for driving purists. Any 911 has the same turn-off-the-radio-and-just-go effect on me. There are standard suspension upgrades on the Porsche 911 Carrera T you don't get on the 911 Carrera, including the Porsche Active Suspension Management Sport suspension that lowers the car by 0. I'd been nervous about this moment, because the very first time you add some lock and really feel what the steering is like in a new car is a big one. Above that, it receives a power-folding soft top with a glass window and support elements made out of magnesium in order to keep weight in check. Its the same twin-turbo 3.
Here's how to disable adblocking on our site. But it's not trapped by it. This was as lean and mean as you can get the T to be — and it didn't disappoint. There's a deeper snarl from the exhaust as the Porsche's electronic brain simultaneously stiffens the suspension's sinews and sharpens the powertrain's responses. Inside, the 911 is more digital than ever before.
The T's cabin is noticeably louder — thinner glass and less sound-deadening material will do that. A tenacious front end allied to a feeling of a very short wheelbase that could be adjusted easily all the way through the corner. The gates are still close together, but I found myself missing many fewer shifts despite using the shifter a lot more. Rear axle steering is optional and not available on the 911 Carrera. On the exit there was also more than enough instantly available torque to move the rear end around. So, if you're looking for a lighter, more aggressive alternative to the Porsche 911, then the Porsche 911 Carrera T with that charged-up manual transmission fits the bill. Stick with the Carrera S, spec the 10-millimeter lower chassis and the rear-wheel steering and you have a fabulous car.
What Makes the 911 a T? The new Carrera S made its debut last November at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Porsche has since revealed. It also helps that the motor in this car sounds pretty good, and winding it out past 6,000 or 7,000 rpm is a lot of fun. This is common in the auto industry, as it's far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. The result is a car that will sprint to 60 mph in just 3. Nip the apex and feed in the gas. You can use all 443 horsepower with as much aggression as you want because the chassis inspires confidence, dialing you into the grip available so that you know just how much more throttle you can use.