The Better Base: 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman T

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
the better base 2019 porsche 718 boxster cayman t

Porsche’s new 718 Boxster and Cayman T are following a trail blazed by the 911 Carrera T by becoming the value option for enthusiasts. Equipped with the entry-level engine, T-trimmed models receive swathes of standard equipment that focus exclusively on expanding the “joy of dynamic driving.”

For the 718, that bundles the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Active Suspension Management (lowing the car by almost an inch), torque vectoring (with a locking rear differential), 20-inch wheels, and a short-throw shifter with the standard 2.0-liter, turbo flat-four. That leaves buyers to make do with 295 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a car that’s not really any quicker in a straight line but superior in the corners. Of course, speed hunters can still ditch the six-speed manual for the PDK.

The manufacturer claims 60 mph arrives in 4.5 seconds in the 718 T with the PDK and Sport Chrono. Top speed is rated by the manufacturer at 170 mph for both the Cayman and the droptop.

Porsche also replaced its branded communication management (infotainment) module with large storage compartment to help offset the additional weight created by the installation of the European-mandated gasoline particulate filter (GPF). The United States doesn’t require the GPF but is required to have a rear-view camera, mandating the inclusion of the infotainment module. Meanwhile, European customers can ask to have the system re-installed at no extra charge.

As for the interior, T models receive fabric door pulls, gloss black center console trim, two-way electric seats, GT sports steering wheel, and unique lettering for the gears on the manual variants. There’s also a bunch of T-centric badging, which extends to the exterior as well. However, the gray mirror shells and black chrome-plated tailpipes should give it away before you read the emblems.

While the manufacturer declined to include an MSRP with its announcement, it did say the Boxster and Cayman T would “enjoy a price advantage of 5–10 percent compared to a similarly equipped basic model.” Phrased that way, it doesn’t sound like much of a bargain. But you’ll actually be saving yourself a few thousand bucks by not buying those performance goodies à la carte.

It might not be the kind of deal cash-strapped individuals who lust after the brand were looking for, but it’s a deal nonetheless.

[Images: Porsche]

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  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on Dec 20, 2018

    I can't think of another car that made such a jump stylistically than the Cayman from Gen1 to Gen2. Absolutely gorgeous.I'd rather have the slower flat 6 version of the Gen2 though.They sound pretty sweet.

  • Noble713 Noble713 on Dec 23, 2018

    When I hit "F u money" levels, I think a Gen2 Cayman GTS or GT4, and a Macan Turbo (for wifey) could potentially join my motor pool of JDM rice-mobiles. The Cayman's gotta have a flat-6 though.....if I'm stuck with a 2.0L flat-4, I might as well buy a used Toyobaru 86/BRZ and slap a supercharger on top.

  • Wolfwagen I always thought the HRV and CHR looked similar and ugly and unuseful
  • DedBull How much of that debt is directly tied to their purchase of ADESA? While wholesale volumes are down, the dealer auction is still a backbone of the used automotive industry. I assume ADESA was a functional and profitable business before it's acquisition. Break it back off, with some amount of it's debt following, and start shrinking the retail side until it is stable.
  • Jon This does not seem like anything new for Oxford. In my one visit to England 10 years ago I received a random bill from the rental car agency for a ticket long after I had come home. I was driving in Oxford, made a wrong turn, and needed to turn around. The street ended at a cross street so the only way to do so was to cross over a "bus gate" which was just some lettering painted on the street. I think it was a weekend and there was no traffic, no busses around, etc. I drove over it made my u-turn and drove back down the road I was on. I did not continue on in a bus lane or cause harm or danger to anyone. One of their cameras caught my error and sent a hefty fine. After I received it I did some research and found many folks complaining of the same thing after visits to Oxford.
  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.