The Carrera T Is the Porsche 911, Semi-Stripped

After Porsche threw upgrades at its back-to-basics 911, the Carrera T ended up being too expensive to fulfill its mission.

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The new Carrera T is an honorable idea executed without having full commitment. True, it is the lightest 911 on the market, but only if you spec it carefully. And even then, not by a long shot. What's more, America can't have it with the PCM system deleted, since back-up cameras are now mandatory.

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Feeling the weight advantage compared to a base Carrera will require a pair of extremely sensitive butt cheeks, since the pricey bucket seats, the optional rear seat delete and the thiner rear glass will only make as much difference as leaving the gas tank half empty.

But it's the mindset that matters, with the driving experience enhanced by having a limited-slip differential, a shorter and tighter gear lever, a suspension lowered by 20mm, and more noise from the sports exhausts.

There's no doubt that the Carrera T is cool. Yet it also shows that Porsche could go further, urging more out there to drive by charging less for an even bolder entry into the 911 club.

This post was updated on 2/20 to clarify that the PCM delete isn't available in the US because of a federally mandated back-up camera.

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