Porsche has revealed a new version of the mid-engined 718 Boxster and Caymantwins. Called the 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T, the new models follow the same recipe as this year’s 911 T, in offering a lighter, more focused and more accessible performance variant compared to ‘S’ models.
But Porsche is on the back foot with the 718, due to its uninspiring flat-four engine and new rivals like Alpine enjoying lots of good press with the sparkling new A110. Porsche is hoping to redress this, pricing the new 718 Cayman T at $64,760, around $700 less than the now sold out A110 Premier Edition, and pretty much level-pegged with the A110 Pure when fitted with an equivalent PDK. But the T’s pricing treads a fine line between the standard car and the S, priced $900 less than the latter, while still being some 49bhp down on power.
That’s because the powertrain is shared with a standard 718 Cayman, producing 297bhp from a turbocharged 2-litre flat-four engine. What is included for the extra money is a chassis tune that was previously exclusive to the Cayman S, along with a raft of new standard equipment including the Sport Chrono package, PASM sports suspension, 20-inch wheels, a sports exhaust, Porsche Torque Vectoring and some pseudo GT-like interior elements such as the fabric door pulls, sports seats and a smaller GT Sport steering wheel.