By on December 19, 2018

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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6 Comments on “The Better Base: 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman T...”

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    Of course, Porsche could make the short-throw shifter standard since it saves an inch of steel rod, but by mentioning it as a “feature”, that’s another line of PR flakery for the fluff sheet.

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    German site says from €63k, taxes incl. One could also buy new C7 Vette for the same amount of money there, available from €66k, 460hp, gray import with dealer warranty.

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    Two way power seat? why bother.

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    I love the Cayman, and like many others believe it to be the spiritual successor to the old 911 in the same way that the BMW 2-Series is to the E30. However, at those prices a base Corvette compares quite favorably. Any perceived advantages of slower depreciation of the Porsche versus the ‘Vette would likely be erased by higher maintenance costs within 60K miles.

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    cimarron typeR

    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.

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    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.

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