Currently reading: Porsche launches 'dynamic' 718 Boxster T and Cayman T variants
New 718 models get sports chassis from S cars, alongside other performance tweaks

Porsche has launched new T performance variants of the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster sports cars, which will feature the lowered sports chassis formerly only available on the top S models.

The new models will feature the 296bhp 2.0-litre flat four used in the base Cayman and Boxster models and a six-speed manual gearbox, with a number of performance-inspired tweaks alongside the chassis, which is 20mm lower than standard.

The engine has 280lb ft of torque and allows both cars to achieve 0-62mph in 5.1sec, with a top speed of 171mph. Each car weighs 1350kg.

The T designation stands for Touring, which Porsche uses for vehicles with “dynamic driving performance”.

The changes include new dynamic gearbox mounts alongside the active drivetrain mounts, which Porsche says increase precision and stability. Porsche’s torque vectoring system, which features a mechanical rear axle differential lock, is included, with a dual-clutch PDK transmission available as an option.

Other changes include a shortened gearshift, 20in titanium grey alloy wheels and the Sports Chrono pack. To save weight, neither model includes an infotainment system – with a storage compartment in its place – although customers can choose to spec one as a no-cost option.

Externally, the T models are also differentiated by grey mirror shells featuring logos, and a twin-tailpipe central sports exhaust finished in chrome. 

Interior additions include unique trim featuring black door pulls in the panels and electronic two-way adjustable sports seats with the 718 logo embroidered on the headrest. The cars also get a 360mm GT sports steering wheel, with Boxster T or Cayman T logos on the instrument dials.

Prices for the 718 Cayman T start from £51,145, with the 718 Boxster T starting at £53,006.

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avidreader 20 December 2018

another half-assed marketing job

like the 911T, this really does not go far enough in the "stripped out, pure driving" stakes.

make it truly lightwieght , with no options and you'll get real drivers back, not poseurs.

Boris9119 20 December 2018


Yep avidreader, i agree 100% with that, were not alone either, $10k dscounts on MSRP here in USA for 'T', six months old with nominal mileage can be had for $15-$20k off!

antnotdec1 19 December 2018

4 into 6

Beautiful, but wouldn’t go near one with that turbo four. 

Boris9119 19 December 2018

So True

Deal breaker for me also. There's going to be a flat 6 in the GT4, it should be the same in the base and 'S'. I have a 2016 GT4 and have driven both 718's. Yes, the 'S' feels equally as fast on the street, so no loss there, but it's not about the numbers - that's for schoolboys and Top Trumps.

JustDan 19 December 2018


I'm just waiting for Litchfield, (unsure if I spelt it right) to intervene and see what they would do with it. It probably gets similar treatment like the Carerra T.