New Porsche 718 T Proves Less Really is More

The Porsche 718 T has made its debut after AutoGuide exclusively reported on its development earlier this year.

Expanding Porsche’s recent line of enthusiast-focused ‘Touring’ models, the 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T aim to deliver “driving pleasure in its purest form,” and “will be most at home on winding country roads,” the automaker says.

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Powering the Porsche 718 T twins is the automaker.s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which is rated at 295 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both a six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK transmission are on offer in the sports cars, but we imagine most of our readers would go for the manual.

The 718 T accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.9s and from 0-100 mph in 11.3s. Those figures drop to 4.7s and 11.1s for the seven-speed PDK models, respectively. The top speed is a very respectable 170 mph.

Porsche 718 T Exterior Both the Cayman T and Boxster T will come standard with the Sport Chrono package, which includes a drive mode select system with Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual modes, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts and Porsche Active Gearbox Mounts.

Cosmetic changes include high-gloss titanium grey 20-inch wheels, Agate grey mirror shells, ‘718 Boxster T’  or ‘718 Cayman T’ side decals and a standard gloss black sports exhaust. Available exterior colors include black, red, white, yellow, silver, orange and blue.

Porsche 718 T Interior The driver focused treatment continues inside with fabric ‘door pulls’ and two-way electric sport seats with ‘Sport-Tex’ center sections and ‘718’ logos on the headrests. The Porsche Communication Management infotainment screen has also been removed, but Porsche will throw it back in free of charge if you want it. If you go without the screen, it balances out the weight added from the now required Euro6 gasoline particulate filter, Porsche says.

The Porsche 718 T will go on sale in 2019. Pricing has yet to be announced, but more information should become available as the sports car’s on-sale date nears.

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