Essai de la Porsche 718 Cayman T 2022 : à la recherche de la sportive idéale

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2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T

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Have you ever dreamed of the perfect sports car? It is true that at the moment there are much more pressing concerns in the world: the war in Ukraine, global warming and this damn pandemic that fortunately seems to want to stop; In short, humanitarian causes are not lacking. But hey, for the thrill seeker behind the wheel, this question is completely legitimate.

Owning a sports car is a privilege that can be experienced in many ways, but what matters, 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” stands for Touring here and, according to Porsche, this version stands for pure driving pleasure.

I add that the Porsche 718 Cayman -like its convertible cousin, the 718 Boxster- is already associated with that driving pleasure so sought after by driving enthusiasts and it grows a little more every time we get on the 718 range. But Driving enthusiasts don’t necessarily need a track toy like the Cayman GT4 RS for their daily grind. A basic Porsche Cayman, in S or even GTS livery, can do just fine. So what about this T livery that is inspired by the 911 T introduced in 1968?

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2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, wheel, crest

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, wheel, crest

In the spirit of the 911 T
Like the rest of the vehicles tattooed with the T shield, the 718 Cayman T pays homage to the 911 T marketed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The reason for this variant was to lower the entry price of the 911 by that time, without sacrificing the performance of the new 6-cylinder boxer engine.

On this occasion, there is no doubt that the Cayman T enhances the capabilities of the car (with respect to the basic model), but under this body and in a central position, it is not a “flat-six” that is developed here, but a “ flat-four” to move the most affordable sports car in the Porsche range.

In fact, it’s the same turbocharged engine as the more affordable version. We speak, therefore, of a power of 300 horsepower and an optimal torque of 280 lb-ft, almost disappointing figures in the dominated world of the automobile in 2022. In this case, the gearbox installed in front of the turbocharged four-cylinder. it’s the seven-speed PDK unit, rather than the standard six-speed manual transmission.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, three-quarter rear

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, three-quarter rear

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

The PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring) system from the Stuttgart brand is also part of the Cayman T’s equipment list, as is the limited-slip differential on the second axle. Finally, the “T” treatment continues inside with “718” embroidered headrests, cloth door handles, not forgetting the electrically adjustable sports seats, which are upholstered in this Sport-Texas in the middle.

An affordable Porsche?
It’s true that the average price of a new car has gone up considerably lately, but even with a base price of $75,300, a Porsche Cayman isn’t really the definition of an affordable sports car, although when we’re up against a 911, we’re talking about a bargain! Meanwhile, the Cayman T starts at $77,900. However, the car loaned for this test had a few options to make the drive a bit more comfortable.

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

Finally, the account goes up to $87,210 before taxes and fees, which isn’t so bad after all.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, badge, rear

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T, badge, rear

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