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Porsche 718 Cayman T scooped: the lightweight coupe revolution

Published: 25 October 2018

► Porsche 718 Cayman T spied
► Back-to-basics Cayman due
► New spy pics, specs, details

Porsche knows when it’s on to a good thing: the 911 Carrera T has been well received - it’s the stripped-back, purer form of 911 for those who can’t afford a full-blown GT model. So now it’s cascading the same treatment further down its model range, to the closely related 718 Cayman family.

Our spies have spotted the new 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T on test in Germany, on public roads near the Nurburgring and on the Nordschleife itself. It’s wearing next to no disguise, affording a good look at this exciting 2019 debutant.

Porsche 718 Cayman T: the specs and lowdown

The 911 and Cayman/Boxster twins are mechanically closely related, so it comes as no surprise that Porsche plans to repeat similar product lifecycle management on its more affordable sports cars.

The new 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T

It’s all about focusing on the purity of the driving experience, so this is like a cheaper, not-quite-as-extreme GT3 treatment on the (sort of) cheap. 

Power is tipped to come from the larger four-cylinder 2.5-litre flat-four engine, tuned here for some 360bhp, according to our sources.

Lighter, purer

As well as more power, the Cayman T will boast a raft of minor weight-saving tricks. Look at what Porsche did to the 911 T for inspiration: thinner window glass, less hefty soundproofing, fabric doors pulls and defter sports seats are all tipped, while the rorty sports exhaust and Sports Chrono timing package are a shoo-in.

Specs, prices and on-sale dates: the new £55,000 Porsche 718 Cayman T

No precise word on how much weight is saved, but we’re talking a couple of dozen kilograms probably. In true Porsche style, expect to be able to delete the stereo/nav/infotainment, if you’re into that sort of thing (though surely most customers will skip that box when ordering).

When can I buy the 718 Cayman T? 

Our sources suggest the back-to-basics Cayman will be unveiled in spring 2019, to give the range a fillip before the all-new model lands in 2020, hot on the heels of the new 992 range.

Expect it to slot between the Cayman S and GTS, pointing to a price tag around the £55,000 mark. 

Our new spy photos provide the first proper look at the new Porsche Cayman T - showcasing its 20-inch alloy wheels, rear diffuser and more visual clues this is a very special kind of Cayman.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet