• If You Like to Keep it Simple, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T Might be for You

The no-nonsense T treatment extends beyond the 911 Carrera

A no-nonsense, old-school take on the modern Porsche 911, the Carrera T has been a big hit with enthusiasts. Porsche is now building on the momentum with T-badged versions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman.

Old-school stripes, no infotainment

If You Like to Keep it Simple, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T Might be for You
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Design-wise, the T models stand out only on close inspection. Unique features include grey mirror caps, 20-inch wheels in a high-gloss grey finish, and black exhaust pipes.

Oh, and the lower doors are adorned by “718 Boxster T” and “718 Cayman T” decals, a nod to the old 911 Carrera RS.

The interior is a little more sporty than usual, thanks to bolstered sport seats with "718" embroidery, gloss-black trim, race-inspired, textile door pulls, and T-badged door sill plates. More importantly, the sports cars don’t feature an infotainment system as standard equipment to save weight. However, you can still have it as a no-cost option if you don’t mind adding on a few pounds.

Standard power, extra features

If You Like to Keep it Simple, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T Might be for You
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Under the hood, the T model remains a basic Boxster and Cayman. Both feature the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Porsche offers both six-speed manual and PDK gearbox options. The sprint to 60 mph remains identical to the regular cars at 4.9 seconds with the manual, 4.7 clicks with the PDK, and 4.5 seconds in Sport Plus mode. Top speed is identical too at 170 mph.

Optional extras that come standard on the T model include the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, active engine mounts, a locking rear differential, and torque vectoring.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but Porsche said that buyers will enjoy a "price advantage of 5 – 10% compared to a similarly equipped basic model." Expect the Cayman T to remain under the $60,000 mark, while the Boxster T might cost a bit more than $60K.

2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T and Boxster T specifications

Porsche 718 Boxster T Porsche 718 Cayman T
Wheelbase 2,475 mm 2,475 mm
Length 4,379 mm 4,379 mm
Width 1,801 mm 1,801 mm
Height 1,262 mm 1,276 mm
Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 280 LB-FT @ 2,150 RPM 280 LB-FT @ 2,150 RPM
Top Speed 170 mph 170 mph
0 to 60 mph 4.9 seconds (manual) / 4.7 seconds (PDK) 4.9 seconds (manual) / 4.7 seconds (PDK)

Further reading

If You Like to Keep it Simple, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T Might be for You
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Porsche Cayman T.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman.

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T Exterior
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A tenth-second quicker to 60 mph

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T.

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The new model in the Boxster and Cayman ranges combines the 220 kW (300 PS; 718 Cayman T: Fuel consumption combined 8.1-7 9 l/100 km; CO2emissions combined 186-180 g/km; 718 Boxster T: Fuel consumption combined 8.2-7.9 l/100 km; CO2emissions combined 187-181 g/km) turbo four-cylinder flat engine with a particularly emotional Porsche driving experience. The high-performance character of the T models is emphasised by an extensive equipment package, which includes 20-inch alloy wheels, the PASM sports chassis lowered by 20 millimetres – which is being offered in combination with the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine for the first time in this range – the shortened gearshift, on which the gears are emblazoned in red, and the Sport Chrono package. These features can only be enjoyed in combination with the basic engine in the 718 T. Porsche is offering both the Boxster and Cayman variants with six-speed gearbox and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), including mechanical rear axle differential locking. Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) is also available as an option.

Traditionally, “T” stands for “Touring”in Porsche models, and is synonymous with driving pleasure in its purest form. The 718 T will be most at home on winding country roads, offering the joy of dynamic driving as its ultimate goal. The two-seater accommodates this philosophy through a pared down range of features. These include black door pulls in the door panels and sports seats with electric two-way adjustment, black Sport-Tex centre sections and the “718” logo embroidered on the headrests.

The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) module has also been replaced by a large storage compartment, though buyers who do not wish to forego the entertainment system may order it at no extra charge. Put together, these measures balance out the additional weight created by the installation of the gasoline particulate filter (GPF).

In the interior, the character of the 718 T is highlighted through a number of emphatically sporty touches: luxurious padding and leather covering means the convenient, 360-millimetre GT sports steering wheel with Mode switch offers a particularly secure grip. Other “Boxster T” or “Cayman T” logos adorn the black instrument dials. The decorative trims of the instrument panel and central console gleam in a glossy black finish. “Boxster T” or “Cayman T” logos also appear on the door entry strips.

The 718 Boxster T

The exterior of the Porsche 718 T is characterised by its powerful appearance. With 20-inch alloy wheels painted in high-gloss titanium grey, combined with the PASM sports chassis with 20-millimetre lowered body, it simply looks outstanding on the road. Agate grey mirror shells and “718 Boxster T” or “718 Cayman T” logos on the sides declare the model variant, which can also be identified from the rear, by the centrally positioned sports exhaust with black, chrome-plated twin tailpipes. In terms of exterior colours, buyers can choose from black, Indian Red, Racing Yellow and white as well as Carrara White, Deep Black and GT Silver metallic colours. Porsche is also offering Lava Orange and Miami Blue as special colours. Adjusted for equipment, 718 T buyers can enjoy a price advantage of 5 – 10% compared to a similarly equipped basic model.

The 718 Cayman T

The 220 kW (300 PS) turbocharged flat engine accelerates the Porsche 718 T powerfully and boasts up to 7,500 revolutions. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine reaches its maximum torque of 380 Nm at 2,150/min and has an unladen weight of 1,350 (PDK: 1,380) kilograms. Thanks to a weight-to-power ratio of 4.5 (4.6) kg/PS, it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 (4.7) seconds. The vehicle’s top speed is 275 km/h.

The Sport Chrono package, included as standard for the 718 T, offers Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes, which can be selected using the Mode switch on the steering wheel. Sport and Sport Plus activate sportier characteristics in both the engine management system and the accelerator, with the automatic dual-clutch function supporting you as you move down the gears in the manual transmission. Sport Plus further hones the handling of the 718 T by ensuring sportier configuration of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts (PADM) adaptive body positioning and the optional Porsche dual-clutch transmission. In combination with PDK, the Launch Control function and the Sport Response button in the centre of the Mode switch are also available for use.

One special feature of this model is its dynamic gearbox mount –the PADM system, which minimises vibrations in the engine/gearbox area and reduces movements that could affect driving dynamics as a result of the total mass of the drivetrain. This combines the advantages of hard and soft gearbox mounts: driving behaviour becomes noticeably more precise and stable during changes in load and on fast curves. Driving comfort is unaffected on uneven roads.

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