The fabulous 718 Cayman coupe and equally impressive 718 Boxster roadster getting some well deserved attention for 2020, thanks to a new “T” designation being added to an already varied lineup including base, S and GTS trims, plus the special GT4 and Spyder models that are exclusive to the Cayman and Boxster respectively.
Now, with the introduction of the 2020 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T, available from Porsche Centre Vancouver for $74,400 and $76,800 apiece, Porsche promises less of what performance purists don’t want and a lot more of what they do, or more precisely West Coast Porschephiles can enjoy more performance features in a car that costs and weighs less.
Exclusively powered by the base 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, which makes a robust 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 form, or the Sport Chrono Package as standard equipment for seven-speed dual-clutch automated PDK models, the latter resulting in 0.2 seconds of additional jump off the line from a car that’s already 0.2 seconds quicker than the manual.
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.
Then again, being that Porsche created the 718 T for “driving pleasure in its purest form,” as stated in its January 7, 2020 press release, adding that “T stands for ‘Touring’ in Porsche models” and therefore “the 718 T will be most at home on winding country roads,” sticking with the traditional six-speed manual might be more in order.
The new 2020 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T achieve identical straight-line acceleration times to the already quick 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 track speeds continue into T trim unchanged at 275 km/h.
The new 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T also include standard upgrades designed to improve handling and control, such as Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts (PADM) that incorporate dynamic hard and soft gearbox mounts for reducing vibration and improving performance, as well as 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 the above sits on a 20-millimetre lower ride height resulting in a reduced centre of gravity, and therefore better control all-round.
Making sure the new models stand out visually, a grey side striping package that features “718 Cayman T” or “718 Boxster T” script is included, as are Agate grey mirror caps to match the aforementioned wheels, plus black chrome tailpipes.
On the inside the new 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T are enhanced 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, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, and White exterior base paints, plus optional Carrara White, Jet Black and GT Silver metallic coatings. Lastly, more exclusive Lava Orange and Miami Blue special colours can be had for those that really want their new 718 T to stand out.
To be first in line to receive your new 2020 718 Cayman T or 2020 718 Boxster T when they start arriving this summer, contact Porsche Centre Vancouver now at (604) 736-7911, or come visit us in person at 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):
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 7, 2020