Porsche is launching two new versions of its mid-engined 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models, with upgraded handling packages.
Both cars gain the T designation in their name, standing for Touring and according to Porsche used to denote “driving dynamic performance”. The brand adds that the two cars will be particularly suited to winding country roads.
While retaining the 300hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo Boxer engine of the entry Cayman and Boxster models, the T versions are fitted with the PASM sports chassis. This, formerly only available on the 2.5-litre 350hp S variants, lowers the chassis by 2cm combines it with 20-inch alloy wheels and adds a shortened gear shift.
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Also included is the Sport Chrono package which adds bespoke and performance-pitched tuning to the engine and chassis. It includes Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes activated by a switch on the steering wheel, and a function allowing track day stats such as lap times to be collated and compared.
The Boxster and Cayman 718 T variants are both supplied with six-speed manual gearboxes and the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) chassis aid, which includes a mechanical rear axle differential lock. Buyers can order a dual-clutch transmission (PDK) as an option.
Styling changes over the standard cars include black door pulls and black detailing to the seats with the 718 logo embroidered on the headrests, a GT steering wheel and ‘T’ logos liberally applied through the cabin.
Efforts to save weight, and a view that 718 T drivers won’t want distractions, see the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment module in the centre console replaced by a large storage bin. However, buyers can specify it as a no-cost option.
Prices for the 718 Cayman T start from £51,145 and the open-top Boxster variant costs from £53,006. Both prices include a driving day at Porsche’s Experience Centre at the Silverstone GP circuit.