Following the success of its ‘back to basics’ 911 T, Porsche has unveiled two 718 T models that follow the same principles. The ‘T’ typically stands for ‘Touring’ in Porsche speak, which translates to mean that these new models are focused on driving pleasure above and beyond anything else. The new 718 T models of Boxster and Cayman will run the same 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder flat boxer engine found in the entry-level 718. Utilising 280lb ft torque, a 718 T will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds (4.7 secs with PDK) before going on to reach a top speed of 171mph.
Porsche Launches 718 T Models
For the first time the Sport Chrono Package (offering Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes), PASM sports chassis (lowering the 718 by 20mm), short shift and 20-inch alloy wheels will be available on a model other than the 350hp 2.5-litre 718 ‘S’. The T makes use of all of these features alongside a six-speed manual gearbox which is fitted as standard (PDK is available as an option) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear axle differential lock intended to promote driving fun. A manual 718 Cayman T weighs 1,350kg, a 15kg saving over a ‘normal’ Cayman.
Stylistically the 718 T is characterised on the exterior by high-gloss Titanium Grey wheels, alongside come Agate Grey mirror shells and ‘T’ graphics on each car’s flanks. From the rear aspect there’s a central Sports exhaust on show with black chrome-plated twin tailpipes. Available exterior colours include Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow and Carrera White, with Jet Black and GT Silver metallic colours. Porsche is also offering Lava Orange and Miami Blue as special option colours.
Inside a 360mm GT steering wheel with ‘mode’ switch appears, subtle ‘T’ logos adorn the black instrument dials and kick plates – the centre console is finished in gloss black. Lightweight door pulls, Sports seats with electric two-way adjustment feature too. The PCM module has been deleted, replaced by a large storage compartment, though customers can reinstate it as a no-cost option. Porsche says that in combination these measures balance out the additional weight created through the installation of the now mandatory gasoline particulate filter fitted to every new Porsche for emissions purposes.
The 718 Cayman T costs from £51,145.00, the 718 Boxster T is priced from £53,006.00. That puts the T models in a very similar price bracket to the more powerful 350hp 718 S models, for which prices start at £51,853.00. We look forward to test driving the 718 T models soon.