The 718 T sits between the entry-level four-cylinder petrol unit and the more powerful S version, and is likely to be the best-driving 718 until the more hardcore GT4 version arrives.
The T features sports suspension lowered by 20mm, grey 20-inch alloy wheels and the Sports Chrono package, which brings rev-matching technology and revised dynamic settings.
A sharper driving experience is also provided through additional mounts in the six-speed manual and optional PDK eight-speed automatic gearbox, which help to reduce vibrations.
Other adjustments include a shortened gearstick, grey wing mirrors, a chrome sports exhaust and additional logos.
‘T’ stands for Touring, which is the name Porsche uses for its more dynamic models, but without adding any extra power.
The lightweight approach has been taken here, too, with Porsche making a deal about the fact it doesn’t even come with a touchscreen or any media system, although you can pay extra to have one installed.
The T uses the standard 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 296bhp. It’s a four-cylinder unit (as are all Cayman and Boxsters) which was a controversial point for purists when new. But with a top speed of 171mph, and a 0-60mph figure of 4.5 seconds, it’s no slouch.
Prices for the new model start from £51,145 for the Cayman, and £53,006 for the Boxster. It works out as £5,000 cheaper than the standard car, but less than £1,000 cheaper than the more powerful S that employs a 2.5-litre engine.
December 19, 2018