2018 Porsche 911

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Autoblog Rating

The sports car benchmark for a reason. A brilliant driver with practicality and comfort. Only downsides are ergonomic quirks and prices that can balloon at a remarkable rate.

Industry
9.5
From the base Carrera all the way to the bonkers GT2 RS, there's a Porsche 911 for any and every enthusiast. The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is one of the newest and is currently the lightest 911 model, ditching things like door handles and some sound-deadening material and using thinner glass to shave pounds here and there. It might not make any more power than a base 911, but with the extensive weight loss program, it doesn't need it. With a base price of $103,250, the Carrera T slots right in between the base Carrera and more powerful Carrera S. In addition to the weight savings, the Carrera T packs shorter rear gearing (versus the base 911), PASM Sport Suspension and improved front aero. Our tester is light on options with the two most notable being rear-wheel steering for $2,090 and PDK for $3,730. Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: After getting out of a 911 GT3 recently, the 2018 Porsche Carrera T felt relatively tame. Compared to most other cars, though, it's still quite a hoot. It's a pretty pure distillation of an amazing driver's car. I like the bare-bones, no-frills feel of it, but the T treatment didn't really do much to improve my focus on the act of piloting the car. Any 911 has the same turn-off-the-radio-and-just-go effect on me. If it was louder due to the reduction of sound deadening, I didn't notice. In fact, I kind of forgot I was driving the T until I went to get out of it and reached for the cloth door pull. I'm glad Porsche offers the T, even if I personally didn't notice much of a difference. As the top brass at Porsche knows, 911 customers like options, and a stripped-down, lightened 911 certainly has its intellectual appeal. For the purist with a taste for the subtle details, it's a pretty cool offering. Contributing Editor James Riswick: Like others here, I had a hard time really telling the dynamic differences between the Carrera T and any 911 with a comparable engine and available mechanical components. Without back-to-back drives, or perhaps without already owning a 991.2 911, I'd be impressed if you could. The shorter constant transaxle ratio, the 11 fewer pounds, the ... wait, that's pretty much it. That said, there is one key difference that is noticeable: the noise. 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. In the past, that would've meant a wealth of amazingly mechanical high-pitched clattering of a naturally aspirated flat-six. Today, however, you mostly get an increase in whooshing and whirring from the turbocharger attached to a flat-six. Honestly, that's not really bad, either. If you like lots of engine noise, it's still a plus. If you like lots of exhaust noise, too, well you're in for a treat because there's also less stuff in the way of hearing the …
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From the base Carrera all the way to the bonkers GT2 RS, there's a Porsche 911 for any and every enthusiast. The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is one of the newest and is currently the lightest 911 model, ditching things like door handles and some sound-deadening material and using thinner glass to shave pounds here and there. It might not make any more power than a base 911, but with the extensive weight loss program, it doesn't need it. With a base price of $103,250, the Carrera T slots right in between the base Carrera and more powerful Carrera S. In addition to the weight savings, the Carrera T packs shorter rear gearing (versus the base 911), PASM Sport Suspension and improved front aero. Our tester is light on options with the two most notable being rear-wheel steering for $2,090 and PDK for $3,730. Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: After getting out of a 911 GT3 recently, the 2018 Porsche Carrera T felt relatively tame. Compared to most other cars, though, it's still quite a hoot. It's a pretty pure distillation of an amazing driver's car. I like the bare-bones, no-frills feel of it, but the T treatment didn't really do much to improve my focus on the act of piloting the car. Any 911 has the same turn-off-the-radio-and-just-go effect on me. If it was louder due to the reduction of sound deadening, I didn't notice. In fact, I kind of forgot I was driving the T until I went to get out of it and reached for the cloth door pull. I'm glad Porsche offers the T, even if I personally didn't notice much of a difference. As the top brass at Porsche knows, 911 customers like options, and a stripped-down, lightened 911 certainly has its intellectual appeal. For the purist with a taste for the subtle details, it's a pretty cool offering. Contributing Editor James Riswick: Like others here, I had a hard time really telling the dynamic differences between the Carrera T and any 911 with a comparable engine and available mechanical components. Without back-to-back drives, or perhaps without already owning a 991.2 911, I'd be impressed if you could. The shorter constant transaxle ratio, the 11 fewer pounds, the ... wait, that's pretty much it. That said, there is one key difference that is noticeable: the noise. 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. In the past, that would've meant a wealth of amazingly mechanical high-pitched clattering of a naturally aspirated flat-six. Today, however, you mostly get an increase in whooshing and whirring from the turbocharger attached to a flat-six. Honestly, that's not really bad, either. If you like lots of engine noise, it's still a plus. If you like lots of exhaust noise, too, well you're in for a treat because there's also less stuff in the way of hearing the …
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$91,100 - $293,200 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 3.8LH-6
MPG 19 City / 24 Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 7-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Power 540 @ 6400 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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