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2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T Review | Road tests

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Porsche 718 Cayman T of 2022

Porsche 718 Cayman T of 2022

Auto123 Updatesroad test the Porsche 718 Cayman T of 2022.

Have you ever dreamed of the perfect sports car? It is true that there are far more pressing concerns in the world right now: the war in Ukraine, global warming and this damn pandemic which fortunately seems to be slowing down; in short, there is no shortage of humanitarian causes. But hey, for those looking for thrills behind the wheel, this question is entirely legitimate.

Owning a sports car is a privilege that can be experienced in many ways, but what matters – just like any other type of vehicle – is that the owner is happy behind his flight. This is also the main mission of this 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, a new livery available within the brand’s more “affordable” sports range. The “T” here stands for Touring and, according to Porsche, this version is synonymous with driving pleasure in its purest form.

I would add that the Porsche 718 Cayman – as well as its soft-top cousin, the 718 Boxster – is already associated with that driving pleasure much sought after by avid driving enthusiasts and grows a little more each time we step into the 718 range. But driving enthusiasts don’t necessarily need a track toy like the Cayman GT4 RS for their daily routine. A basic Porsche Cayman, in S livery or even GTS, can do just fine. So what about this T livery inspired by the 911 T presented in 1968?

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2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, wheel, emblem

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, wheel, emblem

In the spirit of the 911 T
Like the other vehicles tattooed with the T emblem, the 718 Cayman T pays homage to the 911 T marketed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the raison d’être of this variant which had to lower the price of entry of the 911 of the time, without sacrificing the performance of the new flat 6-cylinder engine.

This time around, there is no doubt that the Cayman T enhances the car’s capabilities (compared to the base model), but underneath this bodyshell and centrally located, it’s not a “flat-six” that takes place here, but a “flat-six” -four ”to move the cheapest sports car in the Porsche range.

Indeed, it is the same turbocharged engine as the more affordable version. We are therefore talking about a power of 300 horsepower and an optimal torque of 280 lb-ft., Figures that in 2022 almost disappoint in the overabundant automotive world. In this case, the gearbox installed in front of the turbo flat-4 is the seven-speed PDK unit, instead of the standard six-speed manual gearbox.

Porsche 718 Cayman T from 2022, three-quarter rear

Porsche 718 Cayman T from 2022, three-quarter rear

Note, however, the presence of the 20-inch wheels (instead of the 18-inch wheels of the base Cayman), also that of the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system which, as the name suggests, adjusts the suspension extension on each wheel depending on the road conditions and the driver’s driving style. PASM also lowers the body height by 20 mm.

The PTV system (Porsche Torque Vectoring) of the Stuttgart brand is also part of the equipment of the Cayman T, as is the limited slip differential on the second axle. Finally, the “T” treatment continues on the inside with the headrests embroidered with the “718”, the fabric handles in the doors, not to mention the electrically adjustable sports seats, which are upholstered in this Sport-Texas in the center.

An affordable Porsche?
It is true that the average price of a new car has soared in recent times, but even at a base price of $ 75,300 a Porsche Cayman is not quite the definition of an affordable sports car, even if compared to a 911 it is. talk about a deal! The Cayman T, meanwhile, has a starting price of $ 77,900. The car loaned for this test, however, had a few options to make driving a little more comfortable.

The 718 T’s interior package adds a $ 3,160 sum that adds a panoply of stitching to the cabin, Porsche offering four colors including Yellow Course. The addition of the PDK box, meanwhile, raises the bill by $ 4,250, keyless access ($ 770), and Bose sound system ($ 1,130) … and that’s it!

Finally, the bill jumps to $ 87,210 before taxes and fees, which isn’t too bad.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, badge, rear

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, badge, rear

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