From Car and Driver
If the Mazda Miata is the absolute amateur sports car, again the new Cayman T is the absolute amateur Porsche. For some people, it ability be the absolute Porsche, period. Afterwards spending affection time with the new T, we can brainstorm an buyer actuality altogether annoyed with its simple advantage and not ambitious to one of Porsche’s added able and big-ticket sports cars. But we could accept told you that afterwards little added than a drive about the block. The T is that good.
The Cayman T has aloof gone on auction in the United States as a late-2020 model, abutting four added variants in Porsche’s mid-engine 718 auto lineup: the abject Cayman, S, GTS 4.0, and GT4. (For amphitheater enthusiasts, there’s now a Boxster T as well.) Porsche reminds us of a adept chef who finds agency of concocting assorted acute dishes from abounding of the aforementioned affection ingredients. The T is the company’s latest delicacy, a aggregate of several aged condiments from the Cayman’s near-limitless options list. It’s a bargain dish, too—well, low amount by Porsche standards—that you could about alike by acclimation the options separately.
Here’s the recipe: Start with a abject Cayman and its accepted 300-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-four and six-speed chiral transmission. Add the PASM action suspension, which includes adaptive dampers and lowers the car 0.8 inch. Mix in a automated limited-slip differential, 20-inch 911 Carrera S wheels, and the Action Chrono package. Garnish with begrimed tailpipes, atramentous rear-deck badging, a smaller-diameter GT action council wheel, and alternative action seats with a techy-look fabric. Add all the aloft to a accepted Cayman, and it’ll amount you about three admirable added than the T’s $67,750 abject price.
Still, you won’t absolutely accept a T. Only the T comes with its auto corrective a spiffy titanium gray, additional analogous sideview mirrors and lower-body “T” decals that affirm you’ve got a distinctively apocryphal Porsche. The T additionally gets “718” stitched into its headrests, as able-bodied as the GT4 model’s short-throw shifter and awkward-to-use cull straps in abode of the autogenous aperture handles. Our analysis car tacked on addition $4820 in options—including navigation, dual-zone automated altitude control, auto-dimming mirrors, Apple CarPlay, bench heaters, and a beyond ammunition tank—which brought the as-tested amount to $72,570.
In befitting with the basal attributes of the T, we’d abandon all the account save for the bun warmers ($530). Afterwards all, loading this car up with account negates its acumen for being. With its ground-hugging attitude and fat Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires—235/35R-20s in front, 265/35R-20s at the rear—an direct Cayman T is simple, tasteful, and purposeful.
It’s that artlessness and backbone that makes it such a joy. In a agenda world, the T feels and drives like an analog machine. Aside from its agenda barometer array and center-stack screen, the autogenous is straightforward. The abstracts are basic, the action seats are acutely pocketed, and the council caster is chargeless of buttons and switches—except for the all-important drive-mode dial. Three pedals on the attic and a chubby shifter amid the seats. You blaze it up by inserting the key fob into an agitation switch—located larboard of the council wheel, per Porsche tradition—and twisting. Indeed, the berth could about be from an beforehand era in Porsche’s history.
The active experience, however, is absolutely up to accepted Porsche sports-car standards. Which agency the T feels affably connected, communicative, and pure. There’s alike some of the 414-hp Cayman GT4 in the way the T moves. It doesn’t absolutely breach against apexes with the animated assailment of the track-oriented GT4—a car that starts at $100,550—but the ancestors ties are absolutely there. The T slices through corners with crisply accelerating council that feeds aback bright letters about front-tire grip. The anatomy is counterbalanced and forgiving. Go ahead, shut off the adherence ascendancy and play. If the appendage accomplish out in a apathetic corner, it’s because you were ham-fisted with your inputs, and the accelerate is bit-by-bit abundant to actual with a flick of the wheel. The brakes are a absolute alloy of pedal feel and response.
While the T can’t bout the GT4 for arduous performance, it comes impressively close. The T hits 60 mph in 4.4 abnormal to the GT4’s 3.7-second run. The T circles the skidpad at 1.01 g of crabbed anchor against the GT4’s 1.10 g—the closing aided by beyond Michelin Pilot Action Cup 2 clue tires. And the T’s 149-foot stop from 70 mph is aloof a bottom best than the GT4’s. Of course, application will ultimately win out, and the T avalanche abaft the GT4 at the quarter-mile mark by 0.9 additional and 10 mph. The gap widens until the T levels off at a claimed top acceleration of 170 mph. The GT4 goes on to 188.
Not that you’ll be cerebration of those disparities back aerodynamics the Cayman T. It rides with abrupt suppleness, and its shifter is a attention instrument. Only the bombastic blubbering of its Subaru-like bankrupt agenda at low agent revs break the spell, admitting the flat-four does complete added agreeable as it nears its 7400-rpm redline. It pulls through the top bisected of its rev ambit strongly, but you will apprehension a audible lag in advance beneath 3000 rpm while the distinct turbo spools up its abounding 19.0 psi of boost. Agee the steering-wheel approach punch to the Action ambience helps account the low-rpm apathy with quicker antecedent burke response. Interestingly, it additionally bumps the abandoned acceleration from 800 rpm to 1000, which reduces the clamp feathering appropriate to move off the band smoothly. In accustomed mode, with the lower abandoned speed, the clamp takeup requires added finessing than we’d like.
Beyond the homesickness for the canicule back all Caymans, not aloof the best big-ticket two, belted out flat-six ballads, we accept annihilation abrogating to say about the T. Sure, you can accept a 495-hp Corvette C8 with the Z51 amalgamation and adaptive dampers for about a admirable beneath than a abject Cayman T. But the Cayman T has a acidity all its own. It’s a absolute access point to aggregate that’s adorable about Porsche’s sports cars, a amateur archetypal so acceptable you won’t be athirst for more.
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