Both the 718 Cayman coupe and 718 Boxster roadster models are currently available at Porsche Centre Vancouver in base, S and GTS trims, but soon this affordable line of premium sports cars will arrive with a new “T” designation that promises less of what performance purists don’t want and a lot more of what they do.
To clarify, those fortunate enough to own a 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T will get more performance features in a car that costs and weighs less. Starting with the base model’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, capable of a very strong 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, T models add a short-throw shifter, a mechanically locking differential and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) in base six-speed manual guise, or the Sport Chrono Package as standard equipment for seven-speed dual-clutch automated PDK cars, the latter resulting in 0.2 seconds of extra jump off the line from a car that’s already 0.2 seconds quicker than the manual.
Also notable, the Sport Chrono Package includes Launch Control and a “push-to-pass” style Sport Response button in the centre of the steering wheel-mounted driving mode switch, making it the transmission of choice when ultimate performance is paramount.
Specifically, the new 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T will achieve identical straight-line performance to the regular 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman at 5.1 seconds from standstill, while PDK-enhanced cars increase their zero to 100km/h sprint times from 4.9 to 4.7 seconds, identical to the base 718 models. Likewise, both base cars’ top speeds continue into T trim unchanged at 275 km/h.
More importantly, the new 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T provide a host of standard equipment designed to improve handling and control, including Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts (PADM) that incorporate dynamic hard and soft gearbox mounts for reducing vibration and even improving performance, plus a sport exhaust system, unique high-gloss titanium grey-painted 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a first for the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damping system that, depending on the Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual driving mode selected, instantly adjusts for road surface conditions and driving style changes, all of which sits on a 20-millimetre lower ride height for a reduced centre of gravity.
Providing a visual statement is a grey side striping package that features scripted “718 Cayman T” or “718 Boxster T” nomenclatures, and Agate grey mirror caps to match the aforementioned wheels, plus black chrome tailpipes.
Inside, the 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T are upgraded with a GT sport steering wheel, scripted “Cayman T” or “Boxster T” logos highlighting the black instrument dials, gloss black instrument panel inlays and centre console trim, special red paint for the gear shift pattern atop the shift knob, two-way powered seats, seat upholstery featuring black Sport-Tex centre sections, embroidered “718” logos on the headrests, plus the most identifiable addition of all, black mesh fabric door pulls in place of the usual inner door handles, which can be changed for optional coloured pulls as seen in the photos.
When looking over those photos you may also notice something missing from both cars’ instrument panels, their Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreens that have been removed to reduce weight, and replaced by a “large storage compartment.” We won’t see this omission in Canada due to a new regulation that made backup cameras mandatory as of May 2018, so expect the same high-resolution infotainment display and full assortment of leading-edge functions as found in the current 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster.
The new 718 T models will be available in black, Indian Red, Racing Yellow, and white exterior paints at no extra charge, plus optional Carrara White, Deep Black and GT Silver metallic hues, as well as more exclusive Lava Orange and Miami Blue special colours.
To make sure you’re first to receive a new 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T when they arrive later this year, contact Porsche Centre Vancouver now at (604) 736-7911, or come visit us in person in our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
Also, make sure to watch the videos below to see the new 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T in action:
The new Porsche 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T. Welcome to life. (1:17):
The new Porsche 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T. First Driving Footage. (1:49):
JP Performance Test Drive: The Porsche 718 T Models. (1:08):
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press
Photo credits: Porsche
Copyright: Canadian Auto Press Inc.
Date Posted: January 29, 2019