Porsche produces class-leading sports cars for shoppers with all kinds of budgets and for those on the lower end of the market (in Porsche terms…), sells the Cayman T and Boxster T models.
Introduced a couple of years ago, the Cayman T is priced from $66,400, making it $9,500 more expensive than a base model but over $30,000 less than a Cayman GT4. For that money, shoppers get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 296 hp and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque.
The example tested by Matt Farah in this review was coupled to the available six-speed manual transmission. Farah says that in isolation, this is a good engine but is much more impressed by the 2.5-liter that comes with the Cayman S and Boxster S models. He also says that below 5,000 rpm, it sounds very similar to the boxer-four of a Subaru.
Like any Cayman, the T offers excellent handling and is very easy to drive at its limits. The adaptive suspension also offers superb levels of ride quality and Farah says that it feels very light, hardly a surprise as the Cayman T is Porsche’s lightest model, tipping the scales at 2,921 lbs (1,325 kg).
Ultimately, Farah doesn’t think the Cayman T has enough horsepower. The example tested in this review had a sticker price of $77,000, putting it up there with a nicely-specced C8 Corvette, a mid-engined sports car with 200 hp more.