2019 Porsche 718 T – lightweight Cayman & Boxster pair unveiled

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Porsche has unveiled the 718 T, a lightweight, enthusiast-focused version of its baby Cayman and Boxster sports cars.

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Powering the duo is the familiar 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-four petrol engine from the base 718 variants, which produces 221kW (295hp) of power and 380Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h sprint is covered in a sprightly 5.1 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual, or 4.9 seconds with the seven-speed PDK gearbox – the latter time is dropped by a further 0.2 seconds in Sport Plus mode. Top speed is rated at 275km/h for both body styles.

 

As per the larger 911 Carrera T, the 718 T models get a number of Porsche’s performance options as standard equipment. These include 20mm-lower adaptive dampers, Sport Chrono package, active engine mounts, torque vectoring, a locking sport rear differential and a black-finished sports exhaust system.

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Visually, the lightweight Cayman and Boxster can be differentiated from their regular counterparts by their 20-inch alloy wheels finished in titanium grey, Agate Grey mirror caps and door decals with 718 T badging.

Inside, there’s a black GT steering wheel, black Sport-Tex-trimmed sport seats with 718-badged headrests, piano black trim, fabric door pulls and sill plates with special badging.

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The Porsche 718 Cayman T and Boxster T go on sale in Europe in the first quarter of 2019. There are no plans to bring them to Australia at this stage.

 

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