Porsche built these cars for maximum driving pleasure.
Last year, Porsche introduced a special, lightweight version of the 911 called the 911 T. The T ended up being one of our favorite 911 models and spy shots indicated that Porsche would give the 718 twins the same lightweight treatment. Now, Porsche has revealed the 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T, the purest models in the 718 lineup. As with the 911 T, Porsche has stripped the 718 T models of any unnecessary accouterments which do not improve the driving experience.
As soon as you step inside, you'll know you are in a car that is focused on providing maximum driving pleasure. The door handles have been replaced with fabric pulls and Porsche has even removed the infotainment system in favor of a storage bin (though customers can add it back at no cost if this is too extreme). Even the seats are covered in partial cloth as an ode to simplicity, although one-piece racing buckets are also available.
Copious amounts of "T" badging both inside and out distinguishes the new model variant. Visually, the T models will stand apart with 20-inch wheels painted in high-gloss Titanium Grey, Agate Grey mirror shells, and center-mounted sports exhaust with black tailpipes. Customers will be able to choose from a variety of colors including Indian Red, Racing Yellow, as well as Carrara White, Deep Black, GT Silver, Lava Orange, and Miami Blue.
Both 718 T models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four developing 295 horsepower on its way to a 7,500 rpm redline. Both cars can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK transmission and can reach a top speed of 170 mph. 0-60 mph for both cars takes 4.9 seconds with the manual or 4.7 seconds with the PDK.
All T models include the Sport Chrono package with Normal, Sport, Sport Plus driving modes. Porsche says selecting Sport Plus mode with launch control on the PDK can drop the 0-60 mph time to 4.5 seconds.
US pricing has yet to be announced but Porsche says a 718 T would only cost 5% to 10% more compared to a similarly equipped basic model. A base 718 Boxster starts at $59,000 while the Cayman is a bit less at $56,900, so we can assume the T models will slot between the base Cayman and S models.