9.6 / 10

– Ann Arbor, Michigan

Most cars are commodities. You need something to get to work, to get the kids to school, to make a beer run before the game. Be it "basic" transportation or something in the luxury or sports arena, we tend to keep our vehicles for as long as they serve a pretty discrete purpose in our lives.

After a week in the Porsche 911 Carrera T, I would submit that this car is in a different category completely. Like a fine mechanical watch or a precious piece of special-occasion jewelry, this is a new car that you buy not just to keep, but keep in the family.

2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T Review

In 2023, as we pass over the threshold into the electric vehicle era, the 911 T seems to represent now only what the model is capable of today, but also a perfect reflection of its lineage. The T is fast, yes, but also tactile, subtle, and sublime on a great road.

Here’s the formula: A turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine hangs out over the rear axle, making 339 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, composing a striking (and unmistakable) exhaust note near the 7,500-rpm top of the rev range. Winding up the boxer engine is a joy as well, thanks to the snicker-snack action of the close-ratio seven-speed manual transmission.

My kids are only 2 and 4 years old at the moment, but if I had the means, this is exactly the kind of car I’d want to have in the garage to teach them to drive a stick shift. (Surely an exotic training for a teenager come 2035.) If there’s any fault to be found in this gearbox its only that the seventh ratio seems superfluous for anything but cruise-controlled highway driving.

2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T Review

The steering experience might be somewhat less full of road feel than in 911 generations past (or more to the point not EPAS), but its still communicative and quick. I stole away on a Friday morning, intending only to turn my coffee run into a quick drive down a few miles of twisty road, and ended up three towns over with a huge grin and a deeper appreciation for Porsche’s genius steering tuners.

Five, or ten, or one hundred years from now this 911 T will be a satisfyingly involved way in which to steal away for a few hours. One of my favorite elements of the 911 is how it slips easily from chill sports car to near supercar with the right road and a change of driver attitude. This particular 911 Carrera T is, in my view, the perfect distiation of those attributes and as a result a car to bequeath to your kids, grandkids, etc. Please, don’t make this one a lease.

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What Does The T Stand For In 911 Carrera T?

The letter "T" stands for Touring, which according to Porsche, "enhances both driving pleasure and performance." But it also has a bit of history. The 911 Carrera T was first introduced in 1968, when the 911 was first approved as a touring car. 

What Is Special About The Porsche 911 Carrera T?

The Porsche 911 Carrera T is all about lightness. Lightweight glass, the removal of the rear seats, and less insulation gives it a modest weight reduction over the traditional 911 Carrera. 

How Fast Is The 911 Carrera T?

The 911 Carrera T has 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, which propels it to 60 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. The 911 T has a top speed of 181 mph.

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2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T

Engine Twin-Turbocharged 3.0-liter H6
Output 379 Horsepower / 331 Pound-Feet
Transmission Seven-Speed Manual
Drive Type Rear-Wheel Drive
Speed 0-60 MPH 4.3 Seconds
Maximum speed 181 Miles Per Hour
Weight 3,254 Pounds
Seating Capacity 2
Cargo Volume 4.6 Cubic Feet + Rear Seat Area
Base Price $106,100 + $1,450 Destination
Trim Base Price $118,050
As-Tested Price $150,000 (est.)
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