There's an automotive adage that says the best Porsche 911 is the one you can afford, and indeed, the . Making its debut Tuesday, the new Carrera T builds off that intrinsic 911 greatness, adding a number of performance goodies from higher-spec Porsches that make it the absolute ace of base.
The new Carrera T has the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine as the standard 911, making 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. But while the base 911 Carrera can only be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the T comes with the optional seven-speed manual found on the . With the manual, Porsche says the 911 Carrera T can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, but if you opt for the no-cost PDK dual-clutch automatic, that time is reduced to 3.8 seconds. Regardless of transmission, the Carrera T tops out at 181 mph.
Porsche's torque-vectoring tech and active sport suspension are standard on the 911 T, which is cool because these aren't available on the base Carrera and are extra-cost options on the more powerful Carrera S. The Carrera T also comes with Porsche's Sport Chrono package, which adds different drive modes and launch control if you get the PDK, as well as staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels. A sport exhaust system is also standard, and if you want, you can add rear-axle steering -- something else you can't get on the base Carrera.
Inside, the 911 Carrera T has Porsche's GT Sport steering wheel, four-way power seats, reduced sound deadening, thinner glass and a rear-seat delete. Those latter three features account for a curb weight of just 3,254 pounds, or 100 pounds lighter than the entry-level PDK-equipped 911 Carrera.
There are a whole host of other options you can add to the Carrera T -- this is a Porsche, after all -- including things like lightweight bucket seats, 18-way power sport seats and leather upholstery. A wide range of colors are available, and Porsche is allowing customers to put the 911 Carrera T through itsso, you know, go wild.
When it goes on sale next spring, the 911 Carrera T will be priced from $118,050 (including a $1,450 destination charge), putting it between the base Carrera and the Carrera S in Porsche's lineup. That makes it a seriously desirable 911. But if that's a few grand out of reach, it's not like the standard Carrera will ever do you wrong.