Porsche 911 Carrera T and 911 GT3 with Touring Package

On the trail of the “Monte” in the south of France

Porsche is returning to the Monte Carlo Rally. Two new model variants of the 911, dedicated to pure driving pleasure, will visit the exact spots where the classic sports car celebrated its first international racing success almost exactly 50 years ago: In 1968, British drivers Vic Elford and David Stone secured the first victory for Porsche in the “queen of rallies” at the wheel of a 911 T. This was followed up by three further wins. An excellent weight-to-power ratio, the inherently superior traction of the rear engine sports car and its exceptional reliability were the keys to success back then. And these are the characteristics that still distinguish the 911 to this day, particularly in the new 911 Carrera T and 911 GT3 models with Touring Package. Because both follow the same purist approach: less is more.

Both models are extremely athletic, but very understated in their appearance. The 911 Carrera T is based on the 911 Carrera, and its twin turbocharged six-cylinder flat engine also delivers 272 kW (370 hp). Its equipment combines sportiness with a lightweight construction: For example, the rear window and rear side windows are made from lightweight glass, while sound absorption has been reduced to a minimum and the rear seats and Porsche Communication Management (PCM) can be omitted entirely on request. At the same time, the PASM sports chassis – lowered by 20 mm – and a weight-optimised Sports Chrono Package, rear-axle steering, shorter transmission ratios from the manual gearbox and a mechanical rear differential lock are all part of the standard equipment in the rear-wheel drive vehicle, as are 20-inch Carrera S wheels, a sports exhaust system and a unique appearance. Together, these measures reduce the overall weight by 20 kg compared to a 911 Carrera with similar equipment.

Porsche also focuses on the essentials in the 911 GT3 with Touring Package, but from a different perspective. In this case, the art of omission primarily concerns the appearance of the high-performance sports car, which combines classic driving pleasure with understatement. For example, the fixed GT3 rear wing gives way to the variable rear spoiler of the 911 Carrera, which has an additional aerodynamic tear-off edge in the form of a Gurney flap. The bonnet grille has also been specially designed and is adorned with a “GT3 touring” badge. The front and rear lights are dark-tinted. The body remains unchanged with wheel arches that are 44 millimetres wider than on the 911 Carrera, along with the typical air outlet in front of the luggage compartment lid and large air intakes in the front section. In the vehicle interior, fine leather replaces Alcantara, emphasising the GT nature of the sports car, which is available solely with a six-speed manual transmission. In all other respects, the subtle exterior conceals the racing technology of the 368 kW (500 hp) 911 GT3 with four-litre naturally aspirated engine.

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Less is more – the Porsche 911 Carrera T