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Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman T gets Touring treatment

By Chris Thompson, 10 Jan 2019 News

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman T gets Touring treatment news

Porsche Australia considering ‘back to basics’ 718 model

Porsche Australia is currently evaluating whether to bring the 718 Cayman T and 718 Boxster T down under for customers.

Though it’s likely the two ‘pared back’ variants of the 718 will make it to Oz, nothing has been confirmed by a spokesperson from Porsche’s local arm.

“Porsche Cars Australia is evaluating these models. There is currently no confirmation or timing for the Australian market,” is what MOTOR has been told so far.

But with the 911 Carrera T and GT3 Touring both available here, don’t be surprised if a confirmation is announced soon.

The 718 Ts both take the same approach as the aforementioned 911 models, with fewer superfluous features for a more focused driving experience – and in this case a lower price.

Porsche says the 718 is particularly well suited to the ‘Touring’ philosophy, as it’s already the entry-level sportscar for the Stuttgart brand.

“Traditionally, ‘T’ stands for ‘Touring’ in Porsche models, and is synonymous with driving pleasure in its purest form.

“The 718 T will be most at home on winding country roads, offering the joy of dynamic driving as its ultimate goal. The two-seater accommodates this philosophy through a pared down range of features.”

Both feature Porsche’s base 220kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo flat four, and are available in six-speed manual or with PDK.

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Despite features designed to reduce weight (sports seats and infotainment system delete to name a couple), the 1350kg Cayman T (or 1380kg with PDK) outweighs the standard 718 Cayman’s 1335kg.

Still, Porsche expects that – in the case of the Boxster T at least – customers will score “a price advantage of five to ten per cent compared to a similarly equipped basic model.”

Whether that translates to local pricing is yet to be seen.