2023 Porsche 911T First Drive – The Unconnected Car
Our bosss boss. Has this idea. He keeps banding around the dumb car were still workshopping the name. The idea is simple: as more and more cars become rolling iPhones connected constantly to the internet and broadcasting data about you to the nebulous Cloud, a market may exist for disconnected Vehicles, no subscriptions no over the air OTA software changes, no personal data collected and sent off To be anonymized and analyzed and sold the new 2023 Porsche 911t might be the closest were going to get to such a thing. Splitting hairs make no mistake. The 2023 Porsche 911t is absolutely loaded with electronics that make it drive the way it does. Sensors and actuators and all sorts of things controlled by complex software responsible for the behavior of everything, from the steering to the throttle to the brakes. The world isnt going back to carburetors and vacuum spark Advance, as that Genie is long out of the bottle. In fact, the new 911t has more electronic equipment than the old one, including electronically adjustable dampers active engine and transmission mounts and a multi mode. Sport exhaust full transparency, the not 11 Ts infotainment system is connected and able to receive over the air updates and linked to a smartphone app, but you can still turn off the data sharing and refuse to use the app. Even the Oda updates are limited to infotainment software, not vehicle controls for a modern high end vehicle its as close as youre going to get to going off grid in a brand new car.
Getting to the point and the drive to dwell on the details misses the point here: the 2023 Porsche 911t isnt about screens and apps and self driving technology its about you driving the way. It feels the experience you get from it and the joy it brings you. There are much much faster Porsches. There are much more technologically advanced cutting edge. Porsches then theres the 911t with a manual transmission and nothing but the performance options. So long as you show some restraint in the build to drive this car, you need only a key in your skill. All its fancy. Electronic tricks are concealed cleverly, so you never actually feel them doing their deeds. They blend so seamlessly with their purely mechanical counterparts. The standard manual transmission and mechanical limited slip differential that you cant help but think theres, no electronic Wizardry, going on at all the whole Menagerie works together in such Harmony. The car feels completely natural going down the road. You immediately fall into a rhythm, the 911 T flowing through corners with practice. Poise. Every change in direction or velocity is smooth and clean its a car that rewards intentional and deliberate driving the more measured and precise your inputs, the better it works, theres no wrestling or fighting with the steering or throttle the more Zen. You are, the faster and easier. The car slithers down the road, the new 911t, is similarly a master class. In Balance, its weight and power are in excellent proportion, its brakes appropriately strong and its dampers in their softer setting appropriately stiff far from the most powerful or quickest 911, its a car.
You can use every inch of on a public road without fear. You can enjoy the drive, the connection between human and machine testing, your limits on the cars all without having to worry about getting it over your head, admittedly its difficult to suppress the little desire in the back of your mind for more power, especially if youve driven High horsepower 911s, whether you have or havent its eminently clear, this chassis can handle far more Grunt and once you know so its difficult not to cover that power thats why those 20 something other 911 variants exist. After all, give the 911t more power, though, and youre just building a 911 GTS. This is a car, then intended to be appreciated as it is. It is the least expensive, most approachable entry point of the 911s driving potential room for improvement, thats, not to say its perfect, though, as has been the case for years now. The seven speed manual gearbox works great in the lower gears and gets fussy in the higher cogs running through second third and fourth on a Mountain Road is delightful but trying to quickly and reliably differentiate between fourth and sixth or fifth and seventh on the morning. Commute is needlessly frustrating. Similarly, the delightfully small GT steering will continue to block your view of the outer gauges on a digital instrument cluster, most notably the fuel gauge theres, also a sense if you drove the last 911t that Porsche civilized this car a bit its not nearly as loud inside.
Despite retaining the thinner, rear, glass and continuing to jettison significant, sound deadening material, the two mode dampers allow you to opt out a full time. Sports car ride quality the two mode exhaust lets. You turn down the noise whenever you want its a more comfortable car to drive every day and less of a raw sports car, although we find it somewhat tough to digest in principle, we have trouble arguing with the result. The new 2023 Porsche 911 T drives as well or better than the old one, in spite of its half measures toward comfort, so its not easy to be mad at Porsche for offering new ways to use the car without taking much of anything away. From the experience at the end of the drive, youve still received the same wonderful tactical responses. The steering is still light and delicate and talkative. The brake pedal is firm and responsive and communicative. The shifters throws are short and tight. The pedals perfectly positioned for heel toe action, the chassis leans into Corners is unfazed by mid corner bumps and constantly reassures you of its capability. This is a car that tells you in every way possible. You can be confident in it get it. While you can. The only way to escape the coming of the connected cars to buy used if thats, not your style, youre, going to have to make some compromises. Fewer and fewer cars will offer you the deal. The 2023 Porsche 911t does the feeling of driving a disconnected car with a modern Suite of performance and entertainment technology, its already too late to ditch the in car modem entirely.
But you still have the choice of turning it off and losing nothing in the Driving Experience.