Porsche 718 Cayman T lightweight special coming next year

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According to a report from Britain’s Auto Express, Porsche are preparing a lightweight T version of its compact 718 Cayman coupe, a la the larger 911 Carrera T revealed last year.

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Above: Redline’s rendering of how the 718 Cayman T could look.

News of a lightweight Cayman T being in the works first broke earlier this year, when a number of VIN decoder guides were discovered in the US detailing the model, along with the recently unveiled Panamera GTS and 911 Speedster.

Auto Express claims the Cayman T will deliver a more focused driving experience, thanks to a 20kg reduction in weight achieved through thinner glass, fabric door pulls (instead of handles), sports seats and the optional removal of the infotainment system.

It is expected to retain the same 2.5-litre turbocharged flat-four engine as the S and GTS, albeit tuned with a power output around 268kW (360bhp). In addition, it’s likely to get a number of Porsche’s most popular performance goodies as standard, such as a sports exhaust, Sport Chrono package and 20-inch alloys.

The Porsche 718 Cayman T is expected to make its debut sometime in the next few months, ahead of Auto Express’ claimed UK launch in March/April 2019. The current 982-series Cayman is believed to be nearing the end of its life – a new model will debut sometime in 2020.

 

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