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Given the extensive talents of the standard Carrera, it comes as no surprise that the Carrera T is a highly enjoyable car to drive. However, for the price premium it’s a shame Porsche hasn’t been able to create a model more distinct from its regular line up to keep driving enthusiasts on a relatively tighter budget satisfied. Any buyers hoping for a real mini GT3 are going to be left underwhelmed here.Porsche is aiming to put the sparkle back into its regular 911 range with this: the Carrera T. It’s a model that offers no more power than standard, but instead achieves greater performance through weight reduction and an enhanced specification. That’s a classic recipe that Porsche has used many times over the years, so expectations are naturally high. Best sports cars to buy nowBased on the standard Carrera, rather than the more powerful Carrera S, the T features the same 365bhp, 3.0 litre flat six engine, and is available with either a seven speed manual or seven speed PDK automatic gearbox.Unsurprisingly, the automatic is quicker over the 0 62mph sprint, recording a 4.2 second time against the manual car’s 4.5 seconds. However, the ethos and lower weight of the manual option seems more in line with the T’s brief, and it also gets the traction enhancing limited slip differential that isn’t available for PDK equipped cars.Porsche is a little coy about the exact weight saving on the T model, simply saying that compared to a Carrera “of similar specification” it is 20kg lighter although the actual quoted figures are just five kilos apart. That doesn’t sound like a great deal, and removed from a car that weighs close to 1,500kg,
it isn’t.The reduction is due to lighter glass for the rear window and rear side glass, the removal of the rear seats (although you can put them back at no extra cost) and the absence of some of the sound proofing material. You can also choose to have no radio or infotainment at all, if listening to the engine is your music of choice.The other element of the T’s appeal is how Porsche has manipulated the specification sheet. The Carrera T has the aforementioned differential and the 20mm lower variable suspension setup (PASM Sport), neither of which can be specced on a Carrera only the pricier Carrera S.It also has the option of active rear wheel steering, which is usually only available as an option on the S, while the otherwise optional sports exhaust is standard on the T. It’s all a bit confusing, but the result is loosely how a driving enthusiast might spec a Carrera if given free rein with the options list.The T is slightly noisier in the cabin the standard car, particularly with the exhaust in its louder setting, but the differences aren’t that great. Neither, in all honesty, is that weight reduction particularly noticeable.And while Porsche has shortened the gearing slightly, it’s not drastically different in reality. What you’re left with, then, is a 911 Carrera sharpened to a finer point via the options list meaning it’s a very enjoyable car to drive indeed.The turbo engine has more than enough performance for the road, and the 911 still feels just about small enough that it can be classed a sports car, not a GT.