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It’s a paradox, the new 911 Carrera T – as in Touring – is part of Porsche’s latest push to deliver some “purist” models for the diehard fans, but at the same time it trumps the base model with a better equipment selection.

The 911 T starts its life as the base Carrera, but without rear seats and infotainment system – Porsche does give customers the option to add them back free of charge. They also got rid of some of the sound insulation, and along with other weight-saving measures, the new 911 Carrera Touring is 20 kilograms (44 pounds) below the threshold of the standard Carrera and will tip the scales at 1,425 kg (3,142 lbs). While lighter, the T does add additional equipment, such as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) to lower the car by 20 millimeters, a “weight-optimized” Sport Chrono Package and a short-throw shift lever to match the shorter transmission ratios of the manual gearbox – and there’s even optional rear-axle steering.

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The 911 Carrera T does make use of the same biturbo flat-six 3.0-liter engine good for 370 horsepower (272 kilowatts) and 450 Newton-meters of torque, but comes with better power-to-weight ratio and improved acceleration via the shorter rear axle ratio and mechanical differential lock. It will sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.5 seconds, which is a tenth of a second quicker, then tower to 124 mph (200 kph) in 15.1 seconds and reach up to 180 mph (290 kph). Porsche does offer the PDK option, which brings acceleration times down to 4.2 seconds and 14.5 seconds, respectively.

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New design cues include 20-inch wheels snatched from the Carrera S, new aero front spoiler lip and grey metallic side mirror caps, model-exclusive logos and black tailpipes for the standard sports exhaust system, along with slats in the rear lid grille. Inside the cabin you’ll feel spartan noticing the missing Porsche Communication Management (PCM), but there are still four-way electrically adjustable sports seats with a Sport-Tex fabric and optional full bucket seats. Cost wise, the 911 Carrera T costs €107,553 in Germany and $102,100 (excluding $1,050 fees) in the United States.