A few months ago Porsche launched the 911 Carrera T. This is a pare-backed, no-frills machine that places the joy of driving as its core tenet. We drove the new derivative and reported back here. Now the Stuttgart-based automaker has applied that same thinking to the smallest models in the range and created the Porsche 718 T.
Roof or no roof
The Porsche 718 T is available in either one of the firm’s entry-level two-seater sports cars. 718 Boxster T and Cayman feature Porsche’s turbocharged flat-four engine mounted ahead of the rear axle line. Equipment levels of the two models include 20-inch alloy wheels in a high-gloss titanium grey finish, grey mirror caps and “718 T” logos on the flanks, 20 mm lower ride height and a pair of centrally positioned sports exhaust with black, chrome-plated tips.
To keep the driving enthusiasts happy, 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’s dual-clutch transmission (PDK) is also available as an option. A shortened gearshift action and the Sport Chrono package are also standard. These features can only be enjoyed in combination with the basic engine in the 718 T.
In the cabin there are a few notable changes as well. These include black door pulls, sports seats with electric two-way adjustment, black Sport-Tex centre sections and the “718” logo embroidered on the headrests. To keep mass down the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) interface has also been replaced by a large storage compartment. PCM does remain a no cost option.
Quick off the mark
The aforementioned engine produces 220 kW and revs to 7 500 r/min. Peak torque of 380 N.m is produced at at 2 150 r/min. Porsche claims that the new models can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5,1 (4,7 in PDK guise) seconds. Top speed is rated as 275 km/h.
You can contact your nearest Porsche Centre for local pricing of the 718 T models.