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Driver-focused Porsche 718 Cayman T, Boxster T are coming to North America

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Above: 718 Cayman T.

Article by Damon Lowney
Photos courtesy Porsche

In December 2018, the rest of the world was introduced to the Porsche 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T, and there was no word for a long time on whether sportiest base-model 718s would come to the North American market, though we assumed they would eventually make it here. Today, nearly a year later, the automaker announced plans to bring them to North America.

Above: 718 Boxster T.

Much like their older sibling, the 991.2-generation 911 Carrera T, these T models are not the epitome of power, speed, handling, and performance in Porsche’s mid-engined sports cars — that’s currently the 718 Cayman GT4 — but rather a nod to customers who appreciate performance and driving involvement with the means to purchase a Porsche that costs less than $100,000 out the door. Based on the standard 718, the T models get the same turbocharged flat four with 300-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. However, they are also equipped with a lot of standard performance-enhancing equipment that’s usually optional. This includes the Sport PASM suspension with shorter springs that lower the car by 0.78 inches and use retuned adaptive dampers, mechanical limited-slip differential with torque vectoring, Sport Chrono Package, and 20-inch 911 Carrera S wheels. The sport exhaust system is also included, but then it’s also the standard exhaust on the base 718. Agate Grey side mirrors and model script at the rear and bottom of the doors help to visually separate the T from other 718s.

A six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter is the gearbox you get if you don’t opt for the PDK double-clutch automatic, though buyers beware: they will be slower with a manual. But since these aren’t top-of-the line 718s, we’d much rather row our own and enjoy the experience of driving a more analog sports car. For the record, Porsche says the PDK 718 Cayman T and Boxster T will both go from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. No time was mentioned for the manual in Porsche’s press release. Both 718 Ts will go on to a top speed of 170 mph.

Inside, occupants are treated to Sport Seats Plus with bigger bolsters unless the buyer opts for bucket seats that until now have only been available in the GTS and Cayman GT4 variants for the 982-generation 718 Caymans and Boxsters. 18-way Sport Seats Plus are also optional. Fabric door pull loops replace the plastic levers, and the steering wheel is now a GT Sport piece. An optional interior package gives contrasted stitching in Guards Red, Racing Yellow, GT Silver, and Lizard Green, as well as matching door loops.

The 718 Cayman T is priced at $66,400 and the 718 Boxster T at $68,500 (not including the $1,350 delivery fee), representing a price increase of about $10,000 more than the base models. They’re available to order now and are expected to reach dealers in the summer of 2020.

Due to the availability of these new mid-engined sports cars, we're updating the Fall 2019 Member Only Raffle: In addition to the 718 Cayman GT4 first grand prize and 718 Spyder second grand prize, the third grand prize is your choice of a 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T. After we reach the number of tickets sold to add the 718 Spyder as a prize, we will start adding 718 T prizes. To find out more about the raffle, click here.

Full Porsche Press Release

Particularly driver-focused versions of 718 Boxster and Cayman make their U.S. debut

ATLANTA, Nov. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Featuring a number of performance enhancing options as standard, the new 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T deliver even more unfiltered driving pleasure for enthusiasts.

The 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T offer several performance-enhancing features that sharpen the handling even further. The PASM Sport Suspension (optional on 718 S and GTS models) is standard on 718 T models. It offers shorter springs, retuned adaptive dampers and a 0.78-inch lower ride height compared to the standard 718 Boxster and Cayman models. A mechanical limited slip differential, complemented by Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), optional on 718 and 718 S models, is also standard for the 718 T variants. Furthermore, the 718 Boxster T and Cayman T are equipped with 20-inch 911 Carrera S wheels as standard, painted in a special Titanium Grey finish. 

Complementing the special wheel finish, the exterior mirror covers and the rear model designation are painted in Agate Grey, as are the supplemental roll over protection bars on the 718 Boxster T. The tips of the standard Sport Exhaust System are finished in high-gloss black, while "718 Boxster T" or "718 Cayman T" in Agate Grey lettering adorns the sides of the car.

The 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T are powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer-engine as the standard Boxster and Cayman models, developing 300 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. The 718 T models are equipped with the Sport Chrono Package as standard. In conjunction with the optional PDK transmission and using the Launch Control feature, both variants can reach 60 mph from standstill in just 4.5 seconds. The standard transmission for the 718 T variants is the six-speed manual gearbox fitted with a short-throw gear lever, offering even crisper and more engaging shifts, similar to the one used in the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder. Unique to the 718 T models: The shift pattern on the gear lever is embossed in red. Top track speed for all 718 T models is identical to the standard 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman models at 170 mph. Like all 718 Boxster and Cayman models, the 718 T variants are fitted with a standard Sport Exhaust System.

Inside, special accents underscore the performance-focused layout of the cockpit. Sport Seats Plus with more pronounced bolsters and Sport Tex fabric are standard, while Full Bucket Seats, normally reserved for 718 GTS, GT4 and Spyder models, can be optionally ordered, as well as 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus. Door opening loops in black replace the traditional door handles, and the headrests feature stitched "718" lettering in black. The interior trim on the dashboard trim and center console is high-gloss black. 718 T models are also equipped with the GT Sport steering wheel as standard, which is fitted with a mode switch as part of the Sport Chrono Package.

The optional 718 T Interior Package offers an extensive upgrade to the interior and features contrasting stitching in the available colors Guards Red, Racing Yellow, GT Silver and Lizard Green, including the door handles, armrest in center console, and stripes in the seat centers. The door opening loops, "718" lettering on the headrests and the seatbelts are also kept in the respective color.

The 2020 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T are available to order now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in summer 2020. The MSRP for the 718 Cayman T is $66,400, while the 718 Boxster T retails for $68,500 – both not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee.

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