It is hard to hate a Porsche 911. If you do: what’s wrong with you?
Sure, it had some unsavoury ties in the past, if you’re into history. But no family man ever reeled at the thought that the VW Touareg ferrying his tiny tots is made by a company that produced cars on hitler’s commission. And that thought is certainly not crossing the minds of the legions scrambling for a Beetle before production of it stops next year.
The fact of the matter is: few can boast the kind of legacy that Porsche has. Since it was introduced to the world in 1963, the 911 has consistently topped racing awards. As an icon in pop culture, it’s mentioned in songs, has appeared in movies and is just very simply, every person’s object of desire.
There are currently 23 variants, with the 911 Carrera T being the latest addition. It comes as a nod to the 911 T of 1968, the underdog that earned Porsche’s first Monte Carlo rally win. While that car was introduced as the company’s base model, a modest lightweight car fine-tuned for the open road, but this new T is not quite so basic.
It delivers a little taste of the 911 GT3 experience, the holy grail of all Porsches, even if only on the surface. Think reduced sound insulation, lightweight glass windows and fabric loops for door handles. While it does not compare to the GT3 in terms of performance, it still loves a challenge and is a beast on the roads. Its flat-six turbocharged engine pushes out 370 horsepower and allows the car to hit a 100km/h in a breezy 4.2 seconds. It is swifter and more nimble than the original basic model, and the steering is crisp (plus, the grippy Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel is perfect for a bit of manhandling). Any overestimation or minor slips are quickly mitigated by steering corrections.
Already a good 20 kilograms lighter than the standard Carrera, the new T can be ordered without rear seats, infotainment system and — if you dare — air conditioning. It is entirely optional, of course, and a small inconvenience to get accustomed to if peak performance is what you seek.
Yours for $500,888 (before COE and options)
ENGINE: 2,981cc, flat-six, turbocharged
POWER: 370 horsepower
TORQUE: 450Nm at 1,700 to 5,000rpm
0-100KM/H: 4.2 seconds
TOP SPEED: 291 km/h
TRANSMISSION: Seven-speed dual-clutch