Porsche adds performance-focused “T” variant to its 718 line-up


It was in 1967 when Porsche added the 911 T to its range as a no-frills sports car built for the driving enthusiasts. The German automaker recreated the magic with the 911 Carrera T from the outgoing 991 generation model which came with some crucial track-focused features to make for a fantastic driver-focused sports car. Porsche has now decided to give the same “T” treatment to the 911’s smaller siblings, the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxter. Hot off the reveal of the new 911, Porsche has revealed the new T-badged 718 models that are slotted between the base variant and the high-performance S version.

Basically, the new 718 T cars follow the exact same formula as the 911 Carrera T, from earlier this year. Porsche has created a driver-focused package by adding many of the performance upgrades that are otherwise available as optional extras. While the T model comes with the same flat-four engine from the base car that makes 295 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque, it gets a healthy dose of added equipment to make it track-focused. Standard equipment on the 718 T includes the GT sport steering wheel, Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Active Suspension Management that lowers the body by 20 millimeters over 20-inch wheels. Additionally, it gets Porsche Torque Vectoring, which includes a mechanical locking rear axle differential to maximize traction.

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To set it apart from the base variant, the Porsche 718 T gets plenty of badges inside out including door exteriors, gauge cluster, door sills, rear fascia, and headrests. The agate gray mirror shells and black chrome tailpipes further help to tell the difference. On the inside, the T variant gets black door pulls, gloss black center console trim, and red gear lettering for the gears in the manual. Pricing isn’t available yet, but Porsche has said that it will be “five to ten percent” better than a theoretically similarly equipped base 718.

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[Via:Autoblog]