Value is as subjective a term as exists, so try not to roll your eyes as I — on Bloomberg Radio — insist that both the $130k+ Porsche 911 T and the $22k+ Chevy Trax can both, simultaneously, represent a good value. They are both different cars serving different purposes and, yet, you’d be hard priced to get something as good from any other automaker for the same price.
Above is a video of me, Paul Sweeney, and car nerd/Bloomberg anchor/financial journalist/Autopian member Matt Miller debating the merits of the new 911 T on Bloomberg last Friday. BTW, if I’d have known that we were all supposed to dress like our favorite character from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” I’d have donned my best Gary Busey duds.
Matt and I share a press fleet and he always gets the better stuff first, which makes sense, because he does a feature every week where he talks about what he’s driving and, sometimes, he invites me on to see what I think. Last week he had the 911 T, in a gorgeous Ruby Star Neo color, which is a favorite around here.
Here’s how Thomas described the 911 T in The Autopian’s intro post “The Porsche 911 Carrera T Is The Cheap Way To Get A Great 911“:
To make a 911 Carrera T, Porsche follows a fairly simple formula. The boffins in Stuttgart take one base-model 911, add performance bits, remove weight, and sell it for less than a Carrera S. Indeed, the new one starts at $118,050 including a $1,450 freight charge and offers quite a lot of kit for the dollar. Let’s start with the big news, a standard seven-speed manual gearbox. You can’t get a standard 992 Carrera with the manual, so a cheaper row-your-own model than the Carrera S is greatly appreciated. You can also get a PDK should you wish, but the analog appeal of a manual is just too great to pass up.
As for big performance goodies, the 911 Carrera T gets PASM sports suspension with a 10 mm ride height reduction over the standard car, along with a PTV limited-slip differential and the much-desired Sport Chrono package. Most keen Porsche enthusiasts would tick these option boxes on the Carrera S anyway, so to offer them for less money is pandering in the best possible way. Four-wheel-steering is on the options list for the 911 Carrera T, something else unavailable on the base Carrera.
The important piece here is that it gets the manual, which you can’t get on the base Carrera, and all the go-fast bits you’d spend a lot more money speccing on your own. Here’s what it looks like after optioning one similar to what Matt Miller got:
The big additions here are the (superior) Carrera Exclusive Design wheels, the aforementioned paint, and because Stef challenged me in our Discord to use the word “hardibird” on air, the “hardibird yellow” seatbelts.
I could probably skip the $540 seatbelts and the paint, but not the wheels. If you lose the wheels, the price becomes just $130,360 after delivery. I have not driven the new 911 T yet, but I’ve driven plenty of new 911s (and some old 911s) and they’re all pretty much fantastic.
There are faster cars, more luxurious cars, cheaper cars, better looking cars, better handling cars, and maybe even more interesting cars. Is there anything new that simultaneously looks as good as a 911, is as fast as a 911, feels as good as a 911, and is as cool as a pink 911 with a base price of $124k MSRP (if anyone can get MSRP)? I don’t see it, but I’m open to ideas below.
Also, what do you think, should Paul trade in his 2014 last-of-last manual 5-series BMW? You know what I think.
[Editor’s Note: The big takeaway here is that The Autopian is getting OUT THERE. We’re telling the world that this incredible car-haven exists! -DT].
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