Available in both Boxster and Cayman guise, the 718 T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 295 hp (220 kW / 300 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an optional PDK gearbox.
The engine enables both models to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds with the manual, while the PDK is 0.2 seconds quicker. In Sport Plus mode, the cars rocket to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds before topping out at 170 mph (275 km/h).
While the engine carries over from the standard model, the 718 T features a Porsche Active Suspension Management system which reduces the ride height by 20mm. The model also has active engine mounts, a locking rear differential and torque vectoring technology.
Styling changes are relatively minor, but the 718 T is distinguished by Agate Grey mirror caps and 20-inch wheels with a high-gloss titanium grey finish. The models also have a black sports exhaust system and side stripes with “718 Boxster T” or “718 Cayman T” badging.
Interior changes are more noticeable as the cars come equipped with a sport steering wheel and black sport seats with “718” embroidery on the headrests. Drivers will also find gloss black trim, door pull straps and door sill plates with either “Boxster T” or “Cayman T” badging.
One of the biggest changes is the elimination of the infotainment system. It has been removed to save weight, but customers can have it reinstalled as a no-cost option.
Porsche hasn’t release pricing details, but the company hinted the cars will be relatively affordable. As the company explained, “Adjusted for equipment, 718 T buyers can enjoy a price advantage of 5 – 10% compared to a similarly equipped basic model.”