A Tesla Cybertruck Smoked The Porsche 911 Carrera T In A Drag Race But The 911 Is Definitely More Fun
The all-you-can-eat buffet. Any item costing $0.99. Daft Punk’s helmets. The Porsche 911 Carrera T. All of these are gimmicks. But you know what? Occasionally I do want to eat my body weight in shrimp I like saving money Daft Punk rules and the 911 Carrera T is just about all the 911 I’ll ever need. There are good gimmicks and there are bad gimmicks. The premise of the stripper-but-with-all-the-good-parts 911 Carrera T is perhaps the best gimmick of all.
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I say all this with love because I’d take a 911 over just about any sports car most of the time. This is my bias. I’ve driven old 911s. I’ve driven new 911s. I’ve driven meticulously cared-for 911s and I’ve driven well-worn daily drivers. They’re all good. I didn’t buy a 911 when they were undervalued and now everyone’s figured out they drive better than they look so there’s no unscrambling that 996 headlight. I don’t think 911s are overvalued now they’re just fairly valued which may forever keep them out of my price range. I guess I’ll buy a Panamera.
What makes the 911 Carrera T a gimmick is that this is just another trim level of mostly stuff you cancould get on other trim levels of Carrera with a couple of smart additions repackaged as something very new and very important. In Porsche’s own words which could also double as a Trojan ad the Carrera T is “a commitment to purism. A conscious release. For increased driving pleasure. All 911s are for pure driving joy but the 911 Carrera T is the most purely pure 911 for purity of pure driving. It’s just a little silly and that silliness is only compounded by the fact that it 100% works on me. And it probably works on you too. I’m a Carrera T man. It’s basically my personality now.
My pal Matt Miller an Autopian member and Bloomberg anchor had me on his show a couple of months ago to talk about the rich pink 911 T press car he was driving. I was so jealous. Matt sits above me in the press car hierarchy and I realized immediately that I needed to get my hands on that car so I begged Porsche to let me borrow it.