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of the 2018 Porsche 911. Base trim shown.

2018 Porsche 911 First Drive

Brian Wong

Porsche took another step forward in its quest to catch Baskin-Robbins by offering more flavors of its 911 sports car. The latest addition is the 2018 911 Carrera T, which comes with weight savings and a familiar powertrain.

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I headed to Napa Valley in Northern California to see if the Carrera T has anything unique to offer to the crowded 911 lineup. Per company policy, Cars.com pays for its own lodging and transportation to such automaker events.

What Makes the 911 a T?

The Carrera T is based closely on the 911 Carrera coupe, but can be distinguished by a few visual touches including the "911 Carrera T" decal painted on the doors. The decal is in Agate Gray, which matches the side mirrors, rear logos and rear engine grille slats. The 20-inch wheels might look like Agate Gray but don't be fooled! That's Titanium Gray. Big difference.

Besides the visual connection, they share many mechanical similarities. The 911 Carrera T has the same engine and transmission options, but is only offered in rear-wheel drive. Powering the T is is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine that makes 370 horsepower and 331 pounds-feet of torque. It's available with a standard seven-speed manual with some interesting changes for the 911 Carrera T, and Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission that's optional for an extra $3,730.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The most fun I?ve had in a car....

by PNZ from Melbourne Florida on October 7, 2018

The sports car I waited way too long to acquire. The 7 speed manual transmission is phenomenal. I?ve driven it?s sister builds including a Turbo S and the PDK automatic transmission is almost boring ... Read full review

(3.0)

Not so sure

by mj from Newport Beach, Ca on July 22, 2018

there is so much one pays for the brand and Porsche is no different. Though enjoying the car.... there are lot of competition with better value. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Porsche 911 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Porsche 911 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    8 years/100,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    2 years/unlimited miles after new-car limited warranty expires or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    111-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 911 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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