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2018 Porsche 911 T curbs weight, boosts handling prowess

The name is a throwback to the 911T of yore, even if the price isn't.

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Porsche introduced the 911T in 1968. This "Touring" model acted as a base model, more or less replacing the four-cylinder 912. Now, Porsche has brought the name back, but not as a base model.

The 2018 Porsche 911 T revives the "Touring" trim, but instead of a base model, it's meant more as a mid-level performance offering. Its twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter H6 puts out 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The owner gets a choice of a seven-speed manual or Porsche's PDK dual-clutch.

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The 911 T strikes a good middle ground between price and performance.

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With the manual, it'll hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, 0.1 second quicker than a standard 911 Carrera, thanks to shorter gear ratios in the transmission. That time drops to 4.0 seconds with the PDK.

In addition to the shorter gearing, the 911 T gets a few performance baubles that aren't available on the standard Carrera. Porsche's sport suspension drops the ride height by 0.4 inches, the gear lever has a shorter throw and rear-axle steering is an option. Thanks to modifications such as lightweight glass and fabric loops in place of standard door handles, the 911 T weighs a svelte 3,142 pounds, making it the lightest 911 Carrera in the lineup.

Inside, owners get a unique set of sport seats with fabric seat centers and "911" embossed in black on the headrests. The interior is black on black, but there's an optional Carrera T interior package that adds either yellow, red or silver contrast stitching.

The base price of the 2018 Porsche 911 T is $102,100 in the US, or about $11,000 more than a base rear-wheel-drive Carrera. The order books are open now, but prospective owners will have to wait until March or thereabouts for deliveries to begin.

Porsche revives 911T name for lighter, sportier coupe variant

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