Driving pleasure in its purest form

The 718 Boxster T is the first Porsche, alongside the 718 Cayman T, to sport the "T" badge, which stands for "Touring," after the 911 Carrera T. Unveiled in December 2018, it’s based on the base 718 Boxster but comes with a few extra standard features.

The "T" badge turns the already sporty 718 Boxster into a no-nonsense car that offers driving pleasure in its purest form. Although it’s powered by the company’s base engine for the Boxster and Cayman lineup, it’s equipped with chassis upgrades, the Sport Chrono package, and an infotainment system delete. It’s also a bit more affordable than the regular Boxster, with Porsche claiming you can save up to 10 percent compared to a similarly specced model. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

  • 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    300 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    280 @ 2150
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    170 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8/10

2019 Porsche Boxster T Exterior

  • Based on standard Boxster
  • "718 Boxster T" decals
  • 20-inch wheels in Titanium Grey
  • Lowered ride height
  • Agate Grey mirror caps
  • Many colors to choose from
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On the outside, the Boxster T is essentially a standard Boxster with a few unique features.

The first feature that catches the eye is the "718 Boxster T" decal on the lower door.

A nod to high-performance 911s from the past, like the Carrera RS, it signals that this Boxster is far from regular.

The roadster also rides on special 20-inch alloy wheels finished in high-gloss Titanium Grey and sits almost an inch closer to the ground thanks to the standard PASM sport chassis. Other features that set it apart include Agate Grey mirror caps and black exhaust pipes.

You can order the Boxster T in various colors, including black, Indian Red, Racing Yellow, Carrara White, Deep Black, and GT Silver.

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T exterior dimensions

Porsche 718 Boxster T
Wheelbase 2,475 mm
Length 4,379 mm
Width 1,801 mm
Height 1,262 mm

2019 Porsche Boxster T Interior

  • "Boxster T" logo on door sill
  • Textile door loops
  • Lightweight sports seats
  • GT steering wheel
  • Standard Sport Chrono package
  • Gloss-black trim
  • Infotainment system delete
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The cabin is also heavily based on the latest Boxster, but there are a few features that set it apart. The first one is visible as soon as you open the door, in the form of "Boxster T" logos on door sills.

On the door panels, the handles have been replaced with textile loops, a race-inspired element that saves a bit of weight.

The T also comes with sports seats with only a two-way adjustment system, also for weight-saving purposes. The seats have black Sport-Tex center sections and the "718" logo embroidered on the headrests. There’s also a GT sports steering wheel wrapped in leather, just like in the Boxster GTS. The standard Sport Chrono package is yet another feature taken from the GTS, so you’ll find the iconic gauge atop the center stack.

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The dashboard and center console now feature gloss-black trim, but by far the biggest news is that the Boxster T doesn't have an infotainment system as standard and that the screen was replaced by a large storage compartment.

The infotainment was mostly removed to balance out the additional weight created by the installation of a particulate filter. However, Porsche will be happy to put one in your car as a no-cost option, so you don’t have to worry about missing on all the modern apps.

2019 Porsche Boxster T Drivetrain

  • Entry-level 2.0-liter engine
  • 300 horsepower
  • 280 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed at 170 mph
  • Six-speed manual or PDK
  • PASM suspension
  • Dynamic engine mounts
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Motivation comes from the same drivetrain as the standard 718 Boxster. Back in 2016, Porsche phased out six-cylinder engines for the Boxster, replacing the base unit with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter flat-four.

This mill produces 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet in the entry-level Boxster and carries over with the same specs in the T.

Transmission options are also identical, so you can either go with the standard six-speed manual or the optional PDK automatic. Performance specs remain the same. The manual model hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, while the PDK-equipped version reaches the benchmark in 4.7 seconds.

Activate the Sport Plus mode through Sport Chrono and the Boxster T will hit the benchmark in 4.5 clicks.

Top speed remains locked at the standard 170 mph, but that’s nothing to sneeze at.

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The Boxster T also features a Porsche Active Suspension Management system, active drivetrain mounts, and a dynamic gearbox mount that minimizes vibrations in the engine and transmission, while also reducing movements that could affect that car’s dynamics.

2019 Porsche Boxster T specifications

Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 280 LB-FT @ 2,150 RPM
Top Speed 170 mph
0 to 60 mph 4.9 seconds (manual) / 4.7 seconds (PDK)

2019 Porsche Boxster T Prices

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Porsche has yet to release pricing for the Boxster T, but did say that buyers will enjoy "a price advantage of 5 - 10% compared to a similarly equipped basic model." Based on this, we can guess an approximate sticker.

The regular Boxster retails from $59,000 and adding a PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono package adds another $5,820. This brings the roadster to $65,870, including delivery and handling. Based on Porsche’s statement, this means that a PDK-equipped Boxster T would cost anywhere between $62,576 and $59,283. This means you should save at least $3,300 compared to the regular 718 Boxster.

2019 Porsche Boxster T Competition

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider High Resolution Exterior
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Alfa Romeo’s hot two-door comes in a targa-style variant too, and more importantly, it has a mid-engined layout as well. It’s also powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the 1.7-liter unit isn’t as powerful as the Boxster T’s. The four-pot cranks out 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, falling behind the Porsche by a notable 60 horses and 22 pound-feet. But despite not being as powerful, it’s quick from a standing start, needing 4.7 seconds to hit 60 mph. This figure puts in on par with the PDK-equipped Boxster T (not including the Sport Plus mode), as the 4C is only available with a dual-clutch transmission. Pricing for the 4C Spider starts from $66,900, which makes it a bit more expensive than the Boxster T. The bad news is that the Italian sports car will be discontinued in 2019.

Read our full story on the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Audi TTS Roadster

2019 Audi TT Exterior
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The Audi TT is a bit of a different machine due to its front-engined layout, but it’s almost as capable. Although not overly aggressive design-wise, it’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivers a solid 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, more than both the Boxster T and the 4C Spider. Charging to 60 mph takes 4.9 seconds, a bit slower than the Porsche, but it’s not a deal breaker. The bad news is that the TTS Roadster is not yet available in the U.S. as of this writing, with only the regular Roadster and the coupe version of the TTS in showrooms. However, it’s more affordable than the 718 Boxster T in other markets.

Read our full review of the 2019 Audi TTS Roadster.

Conclusion

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To be honest I’m a bit disappointed that the 982-generation has yet to spawn a higher performance Boxster Spyder model, but the Boxster T is a good addition to the lineup. Although far from outstanding on the horsepower front, it has everything it needs to keep enthusiasts happy and it also comes with a good discount for the extra features. One might be tempted to say that Porsche just added a somewhat meaningless model to the lineup, but with only the S and GTS atop the base model, the Boxster T fills an important gap. There aren’t many no-nonsense sports cars on the market right now, so the Boxster T is more than welcome.

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    • Base Boxster engine under the hood

Further reading

2020 Porsche Cayman T
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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.

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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