In the spirit of the 911 T, which is a lightweight and special version of everyone’s favorite rear-wheel-drive and rear-engine GT, Porsche has now applied the same principles to the 718 lineup. If the newly-revealed Porsche 718 Boxster T and 718 Cayman T are anything like their sibling, these are purists cars made for the enthusiast.
The lightweighting efforts remove quite a few creature comforts, which actually is quite nice. There’s no infotainment system, but you can add it back in at no cost (and why would you?). Instead of interior door handles, there are fabric pulls. One-piece racing bucket seats are available, because these should be great weekend track cars.
Punctuating the sinister nature of these cars, they come with unique dark 20-inch wheels, plus a center-mounted sports exhaust system with black tailpipes, for good measure.
To make sure everyone knows these aren’t your regular 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models, Porsche slaps the “T” badge all over the exterior and interior. This is standard practice with the BMW M line and AMG models, so it’s par for the course.
Of course, what really matters is the mid-mounted 2.0-liter turbo flat-four engine powering both cars. It pumps out 295 horsepower, with a 7,500 rpm redline. You can choose a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK. The famous Sport Chrono package is included in the standard equipment.