New 718 models get sports chassis from S cars, alongside other performance tweaks
James Attwood, digital editor
18 December 2018

Porsche has launched new T performance variants of the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster sports cars, which will feature the lowered sports chassis formerly only available on the top S models.

The new models will feature the 296bhp 2.0-litre flat four used in the base Cayman and Boxster models and a six-speed manual gearbox, with a number of performance-inspired tweaks alongside the chassis, which is 20mm lower than standard.

The engine has 280lb ft of torque and allows both cars to achieve 0-62mph in 5.1sec, with a top speed of 171mph. Each car weighs 1350kg.

The T designation stands for Touring, which Porsche uses for vehicles with “dynamic driving performance”.

The changes include new dynamic gearbox mounts alongside the active drivetrain mounts, which Porsche says increase precision and stability. Porsche’s torque vectoring system, which features a mechanical rear axle differential lock, is included, with a dual-clutch PDK transmission available as an option.

Other changes include a shortened gearshift, 20in titanium grey alloy wheels and the Sports Chrono pack. To save weight, neither model includes an infotainment system – with a storage compartment in its place – although customers can choose to spec one as a no-cost option.

Externally, the T models are also differentiated by grey mirror shells featuring logos, and a twin-tailpipe central sports exhaust finished in chrome. 

Interior additions include unique trim featuring black door pulls in the panels and electronic two-way adjustable sports seats with the 718 logo embroidered on the headrest. The cars also get a 360mm GT sports steering wheel, with Boxster T or Cayman T logos on the instrument dials.

Our Verdict

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Engine downsized, turbo added and chassis tuned. Has Porsche made all the right moves, or is the 718 Boxter a worthy soft-top successor?

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Prices for the 718 Cayman T start from £51,145, with the 718 Boxster T starting at £53,006.

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19 December 2018

Was looking forward to this (and considering purchasing) since there were rumours of a NA 6-banger but nope, porsche are sticking to the soul-less turbo 4... and my tongue isn't far enough up the arse of my local porsche dealer to get hold of a Cayman GT4 (confirmed flat 6). 

If i want a manual 6 cyl looks like the only choice is F-type...

FMS

23 December 2018
flukey wrote:

Was looking forward to this (and considering purchasing) since there were rumours of a NA 6-banger but nope, porsche are sticking to the soul-less turbo 4... and my tongue isn't far enough up the arse of my local porsche dealer to get hold of a Cayman GT4 (confirmed flat 6). 

If i want a manual 6 cyl looks like the only choice is F-type...

 

...which you won't buy, because you will no doubt find some other half baked excuses not to spend this amount...that you don't actually have...keyboard warrior.

19 December 2018
When you can have current M2 for similar money

19 December 2018
robinbanks wrote:

When you can have current M2 for similar money

...because one would prefer either of the Porsches for personal reasons which are strongly felt, yet too abstruse to articulate, and too visceral to justify logically.

Just a thought.

FMS

23 December 2018
beechie wrote:
robinbanks wrote:

When you can have current M2 for similar money

...because one would prefer either of the Porsches for personal reasons which are strongly felt, yet too abstruse to articulate, and too visceral to justify logically. Just a thought.

 

Should have kept it to yourself, self important, narrow minded, pompous moron.

19 December 2018

  When your buying a Car like this you obviously know what your getting into, the Cayman, in bangs for your Bucks , no frills, a Car to enjoy for its performance not necessarily an all singing all dancing interior, and yes, as someone pointed out, there are other options out there at a similar price, but, again, it’s what you want to buy, to own, which excites you is your choice, no one can tell you buy this buy that, this is way better than that, and so what if you buy an inferior machine, your still enjoying it, aren’t you...?

Peter Cavellini.

19 December 2018

Other than the 2 extra seats and cylinders advantage of the 911 in pretty much every way it makes more sense as a road car than the 911.  Nothing demonstrates it more than the fact you could have this and a highly spec'd XC60 for the same money.

Thought it had been out long enough for secondhand one to be within reach but the prices are crazy high, even beats a Suzuki Jimny on % deprecation! 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

23 December 2018
xxxx wrote:

Other than the 2 extra seats and cylinders advantage of the 911 in pretty much every way it makes more sense as a road car than the 911.  Nothing demonstrates it more than the fact you could have this and a highly spec'd XC60 for the same money.

Thought it had been out long enough for secondhand one to be within reach but the prices are crazy high, even beats a Suzuki Jimny on % deprecation! 

 

Hilarious. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

GBM

19 December 2018
So Porsche ditches the infotainment system in a variation it labels 'Touring'?

19 December 2018

...still sounds dreadful

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