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Starting MSRP of $102,100
For the 2019 model year, Porsche is offering a pure version of the 911. The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is just that, a pure sports car. Starting at a base MSRP of $102,100, this car isn’t cheap. For the PDK option, expect a MSRP of $105,830. But, it is probably worth it, if optimal performance is a decisionmaker. Although the manual and PDK versions perform similarly, both have pros and cons. Below, let’s take a deeper dive into these specs.
Specifications: Manual vs. PDK
The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is available with manual or PDK. Firstly, Porsche PDK, or Porsche Doppelkupplung, is a 7-speed double-clutch transmission. This way, there’s no confusion throughout the discussion. Regardless of transmission, the engine boasts a max of 370 horsepower. This allows the manual version to reach 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds. Not surprisingly, the PDK does so in only 4.0 seconds. That’s 0.3 seconds difference over a transmission.
Both models sport RWD with the rear engine layout. The top speed for manual is 182 mph while PDK only allows 180 mph. Furthermore, the manual only obtains 19 mpg vs the PDK’s 22 mpg. Overall, it comes down to PDK or manual. PDK offers 0.3 seconds faster 0-60 time and 3 mpg more. On the other hand, the manual offers 2 extra top speed mph. Truth be told, how often will that extra 2 mph make a difference? But, even more truthfully, everyone knows that 0.3 seconds to 60 mph will be daily…. Shhhhhhhh!
PDK is the Winner!
When it comes to the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T, the PDK option is the winner. Although a bit pricier, and 2 mph slower, it’s a better deal. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional manual. Old-school manual allows a driver to interact with a car in ways that modern drivers do not, for the most part. It builds a real connection between human and vehicle interaction. But, the paddle shifters can do the same, if used regularly. But, keep in mind, PDK can relax in auto mode in rush hour, saving the constant hassle of clutching. Overall, the Carrera T is a pure sports car for the entry sports buyer.
1960s German Engineering
In the mid-1960s, Porsche manufactured a model initially called the 904. Unfortunately, the number 904 wasn’t usable for the official name, hence the change to Carrera GTS. The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS was produced in Germany during those 2 years. The design of the mid-60s GTS is by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who’s most known for the 911. The layout includes a rear mid-engine and RWD. The predecessor for the 904 is the 718. On the other hand, the 906 is the successor.
2.0-Liter Flat Four Engine
The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS, also known as the 904, has a 2.0-liter flat four engine. This motor produces 198 horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the 904 takes less than 6 seconds. If top speed is a concern, this Porsche can reach 160 mph. On the other hand, the drag coefficient is a pretty decent 0.34 Cd. This isn’t too shabby considering most modern cars are between 0.25 and 0.30. For instance, the modern GT3 RS is only slightly higher at 0.36 Cd.
Debut at Sebring 1964
Overall, the 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS is quite a cool car. It may not sport the modern Porsche six-cylinder engine, but it does have the spirit of one. Being designed by Ferdinand Porsche makes this car quite unique. Even furthermore due to its limited production time. The car made its initial debut at Sebring 1964 where it ran into some issues. But it came in 1st place overall at Targa Florio. Today, replicas can be built by Martin & Walker in the U.K. or Chuck Beck in the U.S. For an original model, it’ll run anyone between $1 and $2 million USD.
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In between the years of 2004 and 2007, Porsche manufactured the Carrera GT in Leipzig, Germany. The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car limited to 1,270 production models. The Carrera GT’s predecessor is the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. On the other hand, the Carrera GT’s successor is the Porsche 918 Snyder. The Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porsche’s most famous models of all time.
Porsche Carrera GT: 5.7-liter V10 DOHC (603 Horsepower)
The Porsche Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7-liter V10 DOHC engine producing 603 horsepower and 435 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.7-liter V10 red lines at 8,400 rpm with a 5 lb/hp weight to power ratio. The engine is complemented by a 6-speed manual transmission. The Carrera GT takes only 3.57 seconds to do 0 – 62 mph and completes a quarter mile in 10.97 seconds. On the braking end, the Carrera GT can stop from 60 mph in only 101 feet (31 m). Lastly, on a 200 ft skid pad, the car averaged 0.99 g.
Porsche Carrera GT Technology
Technology wise, the Porsche Carrera GT has a pure carbon fiber monocoque and subframe. The vehicle was also designed with dry sump lubrication and inboard suspension. Another special feature is the rear wing that raises when the vehicle passes 70 mph. The front and rear suspensions contain pushrod actuated shock absorbers. These are combined with dampers with anti-roll bars. Another great feature is the carbon-ceramic disc brakes on the Carrera GT.
The Porsche Carrera GT is an Auto Treasure
Overall, the Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porche’s top engineering accomplishments. For around $600,000 upwards to $1,000,000, the Carrera GT can be yours, used. This price range contains the models for 2004 and 2005. If you’re looking to purchase a car of this quality, be sure to check DuPont Registry. The Carrera GT is now a true collector car and can be considered an auto treasure.