Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman T bring pure driving thrills

Yolanda Curtis
December 20, 2018

With an unladen weight of 1 350 kg (or some 30 kg more with the fitment of the PDK), Porsche says each of the "T" models can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in 5,1 seconds (or 4,7 seconds for the PDK models). The main weight reduction measure listed is an optional infotainment delete, which - along with some new sports seats - counteracts the addition of a petrol particulate filter. The new 718 Porsche Boxster T and 718 Cayman T are driving pleasure in its purest form.

Porsche 718 Cayman T and Boxster T

The Porsche 911 Carrera T has been a hit with enthusiasts and the company is following up by introducing the new 718 T. 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. Drivers will also find gloss black trim, door pull straps and door sill plates with either "Boxster T" or "Cayman T" badging. "Boxster T" or "Cayman T" logos also appear on the door entry strips.

Externally, the T models are also differentiated by grey mirror shells featuring logos, and a twin-tailpipe central sports exhaust finished in chrome. You can finish the vehicle in a variety of hues including Guards Red, Racing Yellow, Carrera White, GT Silver, and Miami Blue. The vehicle's top speed is 275 km/h.

While the engine carries over from the standard model, the 718 T features a Porsche Active Suspension Management system which reduces the ride height by 20mm. The latter offers Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes, which can be selected from a steering wheel switch.

So figure somewhere around $60,000 for the Cayman T and a few thousand dollars more for the Boxster T. They're due to arrive sometime in 2019, so we should have more USA -specific details soon.

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