Porsche Launches 718 T Models
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 pure driving pleasure above and beyond anything else. The new 718 T models of both Boxster and Cayman will run the same 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder flat boxer engine found in the entry-level 718 model. 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.
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 that of a ‘normal’ Cayman.
Stylistically the 718 T is characterised on the exterior by high-gloss Titanium Grey wheels, alongside this come Agate Grey mirror shells and ‘718 Boxster T’ or ‘718 Cayman T’ logos 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 Carrara White, 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 black door pulls, Sports seats with electric two-way adjustment, black Sport-Tex centre sections and the ‘718’ logo embroidery on the headrests feature inside. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) module has also 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 by the installation of the now mandatory gasoline particulate filter fitted to ever new Porsche for emissions purposes.
The Porsche 718 Cayman T costs from £51,145.00, the 718 Boxster T is priced from £53,006.00. That places the 718 T models in a very similar price bracket to the more powerful 350hp 718 S models, for which prices start at £51,853.00.