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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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 was to lower the entry price 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., Almost disappointing figures in the overpower world of the automobile in 2022. In this case, the gearbox installed in front of the flat-4 turbo is the PDK unit. seven-speed, instead of the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
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.
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But this math loses all of its meaning once you sit behind this sporty steering wheel that’s hard enough to beat in terms of handling. The mission of any Porsche vehicle – yes, even the Macan base adheres to this school of thought – is to deliver high performance and even make the driver smile, whether in heavy traffic or on a beautiful road along the sea.
On board the Cayman T we immediately find our bearings, the cheapest sports car in the range which, despite the lower seat compared to that of a popular SUV, offers an optimal driving position, and this, quite easily thanks to the numerous adjustments. of the left seat. The height-adjustable and telescopic steering column is also very easy to position so that the ride is adequate … for a sporty and comfortable ride. The position of the gear lever is also perfect!
Upon ignition (making sure to keep the door open to hear the engine noise better), you immediately realize that the explosiveness of the 6-cylinder of the past has been replaced by the “somewhat timid” explosiveness of the 4-cylinder turbo . However, when the mill returns to its “idle” mode, we recognize this symphony of flat mechanics, the hum of the engine that differs from that of an inline 4. All in all, the Porsche Cayman T is not execrable when it comes to the sound of its mechanics.
Obviously, the driver looking for strong emotions behind the wheel immediately puts the wheel behind the wheel in Sport or Sport + mode, the latter still quite bumpy on the rough roads of the beautiful province. More realistically, Sport mode turns out to be the perfect “golden vehicle” to appreciate the virtues of this sports car on a daily basis. For the rare track sessions, the Sport + mode is ideal.
There is also this “Overboost” mode at the heart of this famous steering wheel that turns the car exactly into a track car for around twenty seconds. I have been able to try it a few times in the fast lane and let me tell you the effect is instantaneous. When a car shifts from seventh gear to third in a split second, the mechanics scream out loud and quench their thirst for acceleration and the resulting pickup has everything to impress the brother-in-law … or even the one holding the wheel. !
And I will not surprise anyone by saying that the handling of this mid-engined sports car is very close to perfection, thanks in particular to these Pirelli P Zero tires, but also to all these innovations such as the PASM system or even this other electronic magic trick called PTV.
The last word
This 2022 Porsche Cayman T may not feel so good under the right foot, but what it loses in power it gains in agility. However it is necessary to accept this sound a little too canceled by the engine. And the PDK? The manual would certainly be purer, but that dual clutch unit is just delightful to use, especially with that good old lever.
Timeless design is this Course Yellow
Road holding very difficult to fault
The quality of execution
We love less
The sound of “four flats”
The asking price
The suspension is dry in Sport + mode … the fault of the worn roads!