When we spied a new Porsche 718 Cayman T thrashing around the Nürburgring just a few days ago, we suspected a full reveal was nigh. That proved true, as Porsche officially lifted the veil on its latest iteration for the mid-engine 718 twins today. Say hello to the Boxster T and Cayman T.
n short, T variants take up station between the standard and S models, not unlike the 911 T we sampled earlier this year. Power holds steady at 296 bhp from the base 2.0-litre turbocharged four, as does the choice between a six-speed manual or the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. However, the T adds the more aggressive PASM sports chassis option that drops the car nearly a full inch – something not available on the standard model. It also adds the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Torque Vectoring rear differential as standard equipment, and there’s a shortened gear lever for manual-equipped cars.
A thinning of options inside is said to offer more of a purist driving experience. Buyers can choose to nix the console-mount infotainment system completely, swapping the screen for storage. Door handles become fabric loops to pull. The sport seats are electric but offer just two-way adjustability. Unfortunately, these weight-saving measures are offset by the addition of a petrol particulate filter, so overall weight and straight-line performance are unchanged. Expect zero to 60 times just under five seconds for both the Cayman and Boxster.
On the bling side, the T twins ride on 20-inch wheels painted a high-gloss titanium grey. A tweaked dual-oval rear exhaust helps identify the upgraded model in the back, should you happen to miss the T badging. Grey mirror shells and additional badging help identify the model from the sides and front, and Porsche will also offer two special colours: Lava Orange and Miami Blue. Aside from the aforementioned options and equipment, the T benefits from more branding inside on the instrument dials and door strips. Gloss black finish is applied to the dash, and 718 stitching adorns the seat headrests.
Both the 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T are available to order now. Pricing for the UK starts at £51,145 for the Cayman and £53,006 for the Boxster.
Gallery: 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T, Cayman T
The new Porsche 718 T – reduced to maximum driving pleasure
Stuttgart. With the 718 T, Porsche has transferred the puristic design of the 1968 911 T to its range of two-seater sports cars. The new model in the Boxster and Cayman ranges combines the 220 kW (300 PS) turbo four-cylinder flat engine with a particularly emotional Porsche driving experience. The high-performance character of the T models is emphasised by an extensive equipment package, which includes 20-inch alloy wheels, the PASM sports chassis lowered by 20 millimetres – which is being offered in combination with the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine for the first time in this range – the shortened gearshift, on which the gears are emblazoned in red, and the Sport Chrono package. These features can only be enjoyed in combination with the basic engine in the 718 T. Porsche is offering both the Boxster and Cayman variants with six-speed gearbox and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), including mechanical rear axle differential locking. Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) is also available as an option.
Traditionally, “T” stands for “Touring” in Porsche models, and is synonymous with driving pleasure in its purest form. The 718 T will be most at home on winding country roads, offering the joy of dynamic driving as its ultimate goal. The two-seater accommodates this philosophy through a pared down range of features. These include black door pulls in the door panels and sports seats with electric two-way adjustment, black Sport-Tex centre sections and the “718” logo embroidered on the headrests.
The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) module has also been replaced by a large storage compartment, though buyers who do not wish to forego the entertainment system may order it at no extra charge. Put together, these measures balance out the additional weight created by the installation of the gasoline particulate filter (GPF).
In the interior, the character of the 718 T is highlighted through a number of emphatically sporty touches: luxurious padding and leather covering means the convenient, 360-millimetre GT sports steering wheel with Mode switch offers a particularly secure grip. Other “Boxster T” or “Cayman T” logos adorn the black instrument dials. The decorative trims of the instrument panel and central console gleam in a glossy black finish. “Boxster T” or “Cayman T” logos also appear on the door entry strips.
The exterior of the Porsche 718 T is characterised by its powerful appearance. With 20-inch alloy wheels painted in high-gloss titanium grey, combined with the PASM sports chassis with 20-millimetre lowered body, it simply looks outstanding on the road. Agate grey mirror shells and “718 Boxster T” or “718 Cayman T” logos on the sides declare the model variant, which can also be identified from the rear, by the centrally positioned sports exhaust with black, chrome-plated twin tailpipes. In terms of exterior colours, buyers can choose from black, Indian Red, Racing Yellow and white as well as Carrara White, Deep Black and GT Silver metallic colours. Porsche is also offering Lava Orange and Miami Blue as special colours. Adjusted for equipment, 718 T buyers can enjoy a price advantage of 5 – 10% compared to a similarly equipped basic model.
The 220 kW (300 PS) turbocharged flat engine accelerates the Porsche 718 T powerfully and boasts up to 7,500 revolutions. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine reaches its maximum torque of 380 Nm at 2,150/min and has an unladen weight of 1,350 (PDK: 1,380) kilograms. Thanks to a weight-to-power ratio of 4.5 (4.6) kg/PS, it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 (4.7) seconds. The vehicle’s top speed is 275 km/h.
The Sport Chrono package, included as standard for the 718 T, offers Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes, which can be selected using the Mode switch on the steering wheel. Sport and Sport Plus activate sportier characteristics in both the engine management system and the accelerator, with the automatic dual-clutch function supporting you as you move down the gears in the manual transmission. Sport Plus further hones the handling of the 718 T by ensuring sportier configuration of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts (PADM) adaptive body positioning and the optional Porsche dual-clutch transmission. In combination with PDK, the Launch Control function and the Sport Response button in the centre of the Mode switch are also available for use.
One special feature of this model is its dynamic gearbox mount – the PADM system, which minimises vibrations in the engine/gearbox area and reduces movements that could affect driving dynamics as a result of the total mass of the drivetrain. This combines the advantages of hard and soft gearbox mounts: driving behaviour becomes noticeably more precise and stable during changes in load and on fast curves. Driving comfort is unaffected on uneven roads.
The Porsche 718 Cayman T costs from 63,047 euros in Germany and the 718 Boxster T from 65,070 euros, including value added tax and country-specific equipment. The new models are available to order now in EU28 and other markets applying the same standards.
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*718 Cayman T: Fuel consumption combined 8.1-7 9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 186-180 g/km;
718 Boxster T: Fuel consumption combined 8.2-7.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 187-181 g/km
The consumption and CO2 emission values were determined in accordance with the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The NEDC values derived from this should continue to be specified for the time being. These values cannot be compared to the values determined in accordance with the NEDC measuring procedure used up to now.
Further information on the official fuel consumption and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars is available in the “Guidelines on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new passenger cars” [Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen], which are available free of charge from all sales outlets and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT).