Porsche 718 Boxster T, Cayman T bundle only the best driver options

Porsches are for driving, and these new 718 T coupe and convertible models look even more focused.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Racy in red.


Today's latest driving machines are brought to you by the letter "T." That's the surname for new and variants that are focused on delivering the best driving experience.

Porsche said on Tuesday that the 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T will reach the US with typically optional equipment bundled together to create pure forms for their  sports cars . Outfitted with the company's PASM sport suspension, mechanical limited-slip differential and Porsche's torque-vectoring system, it's easy to see why the 718 Boxster and Cayman T models ought to be the driver's delight of the 718 family. Specifically, the models' typically optional sport suspension boasts retuned adaptive dampers and drops the car just shy of an inch.

Filling out each corner of the T models are 20-inch wheels from the 911 Carrera S, which don a special titanium gray color. A similar gray hue extends to the mirror covers, side lettering and rear badges.

Porsche 718 Cayman T, Boxster T beckon a winding road

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When it comes time to make either the 718 Boxster T or 718 Cayman T your day's dance partner, Porsche's Sport Chrono package is also standard. Optional on cars equipped with the company's PDK dual-clutch transmission, it unlocks three additional functions, chief among them being launch control. For those who go with the stick-shift gearbox, a short-throw shifter is standard for better rowing action and the shift pattern atop the knob sports a red color.

Despite all the extra go-fast options, power remains the same. Like any other 718 Boxster or Cayman, a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine makes 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That's not really a dig at either car, though. With the PDK transmission, both with go from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds when using launch control. Meanwhile, the soundtrack comes courtesy of a standard sport exhaust system.

Inside, the company has raced things up a bit more, as well. Standard sport seats feature beefier bolsters and Porsche's full bucket seats, typically reserved for 718 GTS, GT4 and Spyder models, are optional. Door-opening loops also replace standard door handles to reinforce the racier vibe.

The joys of driving won't come at too much of a cost. Both models keep things relatively affordable -- at least by Porsche standards -- with a $67,750 starting price for the 718 Cayman T and $69,535 price tag for the 718 Boxster T. Both models land in the US next summer, but buyers can place orders today.

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