You knew this was coming, right? The 911 Carrera T was well received, the Cayman T badge had been rumoured, and Porsche does like to occupy a niche. So here we are, the 718 T Boxster and Cayman, featuring "a tailored specification that further emphasises the renowned handling of the mid-engine, two-seater sports cars."
Like the 911, this Cayman and Boxster pair are derived from the least powerful model - in this case the 2.0-litre, 300hp version - with a range of dynamic tweaks and special equipment. Here that means a standard PASM sports chassis previously reserved as an option for the 2.5-litre cars, a shorter manual gearshift (PDK is still an option) and Sport Chrono fitted from the factory as well. Encouragingly, and again following the 911 equivalent, both Boxster and Cayman T will include Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical limited-slip diff.
There's new equipment for these cars as well, most notably Porsche Active Drivetrain Mounts; said to further minimise vibration from the engine and gearbox as well as control mass better, they're meant to give "increased precision and stability during acceleration, braking or dynamic cornering."
The other upgrades are as we've come to expect: PCM deleted to save weight (which will surely be added back in immediately as a no-cost option), model specific logos, Agate Grey mirror shells, black exhaust tips, GT sports steering wheel, door pulls instead of handles (obvs) and 20-inch wheels. Kerbweight is fractionally less for the T than the standard 2.0-litre 718s by dint of that missing stereo at 1,350kg, but performance remains identical: 5.1 seconds to 62mph (or 4.7 with PDK) for both cars, and a 171mph top speed.
The 718 T models are on sale now, priced at £51,145 for the Cayman and £53,006 for the Boxster. That represents a premium of £7,071 over the equivalent 2.0-litre 718s. It also puts them within just a few hundred pounds of the 2.5-litre, 350hp Cayman S (£51,853) and Boxster S (£53,714). So does the T represents a worthwhile premium over the 2.0-litre cars? Is a sharper, less powerful 718 preferable to the larger engined car for similar money? And can any 718 story be written without mention of the six-cylinder predecessor? Oh. Perhaps not. All views and opinions welcome...