The Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, the sassy, fun-loving charmers of the family, are among the purest sports cars on the road. Even before the new T models arrived.
As the thrill-seeking offspring of the Porsche 911 T , the mid-engined 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T are stripped-back versions of their 718 siblings, featuring performance extras never before offered as standard on an entry-level sports car. There’s no doubt the 718 T models have been designed for driving pleasure above all else. Remember, T in this instance is for touring and in Porsche’s own words, the 718 T is about driving for the sake of driving.
Another obvious difference between the 718 T and other Porsche 718 models is the lack of an infotainment system. This is a favoured weight-saving move on Porsche’s part and further proof that the 718 T’s really are all about the drive. (Don’t worry, if you want one, it’s yours at no cost.) Further weight savings come from fabric door-pulls and sports seats with electric two-way adjustment.
The Porsche 718 T spec is in a league of its own
Standard performance upgrades include the 20mm lower PASM sport suspension and the Sport Chrono package with additional driving modes. The manual also benefits from a shorter gear shift with auto rev-matching. Both the 718 Boxster T and the 718 Cayman T stand out from the crowd with dark grey twenty-inch wheels and mirrors as standard, special side graphics, black tips on the sports exhaust and "T" logos throughout the interior.
Porsche 981 fans may feel the 300 hp turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine used in 718 models lacks the spine-tingling thrust of the 3.4 litre six-cylinder engine, but dismiss it at your peril. More muted it may be, but the 718 T’s are faster than the 981 Boxster S.
The standard six-speed manual Porsche 718 T will get you from 0-62 in 4.9 seconds. Choose the seven-speed PDK transmission and you’re talking 4.7 seconds. Impressive stuff from a smaller (and more efficient) engine. The engine in the 718 T’s is a worthy successor to their famous forebears – the 356 and 550 Spider of the 1960s.
Porsche 718 T range offers great value to driving purists
Cost-wise, the Porsche 718 T’s are cheaper than the 718 S, and that’s with all the performance extras on board. So here's something worthy of serious consideration: the power and interior finish of the S versus the purist driving experience of the T.
Upping the performance spec of the 718 S to match the T would add a few thousand to the already higher price tag. For example, to spec a 718 Cayman S to include Sport Chrono package, PASM and 20 inch Carrera S Wheels would add just over £3,500* to the on the road price.
If for you, it’s all about the pure, unadulterated driving experience, a 718 Cayman T or Boxster T could well tick all your boxes. Head and heart.
But the only way to decide is to try it out for yourself . Come and immerse yourself in the pure dynamism of the Porsche 718 T range and fall in love with driving again. You'll find it alongside the full range of Porsche models at Dick Lovett Porsche in Swindon, Cardiff, Bristol and Tewkesbury.
* Prices correct as at 25.06.19