Porsche has taken the wraps off its new 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T derivatives, claiming to have “transferred the puristic design” of the original (1968) 911 T to its range of two-seater sportscars.

Both variants use the brand’s 2,0-litre turbocharged flat-four engine, providing unchanged peak outputs (compared with the base Cayman and Boxster) of 220 kW and 380 N.m through either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed PDK.

With an unladen weight of 1 350 kg (or some 30 kg more with the fitment of the PDK), Porsche says each of the “T” models can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in 5,1 seconds (or 4,7 seconds for the PDK models). Top speed comes in at 275 km/h.

So, what sets these two variants apart from the basic Cayman and Boxster derivatives? Well, Porsche says they each feature an “extensive equipment package”, which includes 20-inch alloy wheels, the Porsche Active Suspension Management sports chassis (lowered by 20 mm), a centrally positioned sports exhaust (with black, chrome-plated twin tailpipes), a shortened gearshift and the Sport Chrono package.

Still, Porsche goes on to say the two-seaters also offer a “pared down range of features”. These include black door pulls in the door panels and sports seats with electric two-way adjustment, black Sport-Tex centre sections and the “718” logo embroidered on the headrests. Furthermore, the Porsche Communication Management module has been replaced by a large storage compartment, though buyers who do not wish to forego the entertainment system may order it at no extra charge.

The firm says these weight-saving measures “balance out the additional weight created by the installation of the gasoline particulate filter”, the latter a requirement under the new WLTP regulations.

Inside, each 718 T model boasts a 360 mm GT sports steering wheel, “Boxster T” or “Cayman T” logos on the instrument dials (and repeated on the door entry strips) and extra glossy black finishes.
Porsche 718 Cayman T and Boxster T