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Reviews 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T Review: True Driver

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T Review: True Driver

Flexing with a 911 Turbo S is nice, but a true Porsche experience will be had in a 718 Cayman T

  • The 2022 Porsche 718 is priced from $70,700 in Canada, $63,400 in the US.

  • The 718 Cayman T is about driving minus distractions.

  • There is nothing “lesser” about the Cayman T.

There are many fundamental shifts currently ongoing in the auto business. All, or nearly, are welcomed and to an extent, necessary. Electric vehicles are brilliant and yes, this is my old man moment, but no matter what is done to them, they’ll never stroke all our senses at once as can the simple Porsche 718 Cayman T.

Satisfying the senses

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

I dream of sitting on my couch with a book and a hot cup of java. In this scenario, all my senses are evenly occupied, and satisfied. The coffee tastes and smells delicious, the couch’s warmth and comfort are soothing, my eyes are focused on the words, and I can hear the rain or the wind’s gentle pitter-patter against the windows – all my senses are fed and balanced. I feel good.

This Zen-like state describes the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T to a “T”, almost. The only differences are that, from behind the steering wheel, I’m cracking a smile, feeling confident, on top of the world, and unfortunately I’ve been told that I cannot lick anything on the car for a taste….

Balanced power

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

If you’ve ever driven a Porsche 911 Turbo S, a BMW M3, or a Tesla Model 3 Performance, you’ll have inevitably come face-to-face with the fact, if you’re able to honestly judge yourself, that these cars have far more power than you’re capable of properly handling – the truth is, you, the driver, are the weakest link.

The 718 Cayman T is honed to provide the driver with the necessary tools for a pleasant driving experience. This is why it sports the turbocharged 2.0-litre boxer-4-cylinder engine and not the 2.5-litre. The engineers and thinkers at Porsche understand that 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque represent an amount of thrust that the average skilled driver can handle without being overwhelmed. Do not mistake the T for being slow however as, with the uncanny and peerless 7-speed PDK transmission, the 718 T will still hit 100 km/h in only 4.7 seconds. About being overwhelmed; this is fast but not crush-your-lung-fast.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

About the PDK: In my imaginary world, one where I can afford a 718 Cayman T, I would call upon the services of the standard 6-speed manual transmission but so intimately linked with the driver’s wants is the PDK that it’s the better ‘box. Period. It telepathically responds to driver’s desires as it seems to sense that he or she is about to up or downshift, sometimes before the driver does. I can only explain how satisfying its abilities are by comparing them to when someone scratches your back in just the right spot – yes, that good.

Harmonious driver

The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T’s powertrain is therefore in perfect harmony with the driver. As is the Cayman’s chassis. As standard, the T is fitted with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management Sport (PASM Sport) which also happens to lower the car by 20 mm. Unlike many dedicated sports cars, with PASM, the T can be driven compromise-free on a daily basis. At the flick of the wrist, the drive mode can be altered, as will the PASM, but even in its softest setting, the 718’s grip is unrelenting.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The virtuosity of the 718 Cayman T’s driving experience is served by the car’s effortless steering and powerful braking. Unlike some sports cars, the 718’s variable electromechanical power steering doesn’t suggest an angle or takeover by imposing the amount of assistance it thinks the driver needs. Like the PDK, it just knows. Brake feel is the same where calling upon the 4-piston monobloc aluminium fixed caliper is never met with a rushed or delayed response. The amount of tuning that’s gone into every aspect, every component relevant to the drive is perfect.

Beautiful and fitted for the drive

Physically, the 718 is equal parts premium, purpose, and power, there’s nothing more to ad really. Hats off to the person who configured this car as Racing Yellow suits this Cayman T’s personality to, um, well, a T…

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The Cayman’s cabin is also about the task at hand which is, and should always be, driving. The standard sport-tex Sports Seats Plus with boosted side bolsters are firm and comfortable enough to keep the lucky pair of occupants at ease and in place whether on a track or on a cross-country jaunt. Every Porsche if crafted with utmost care and exquisite materials. To the touch and smell (every automaker has a smell and Porsche’s is delightful), this is a premium automobile. To complete the experience, Porsche should introduce flavoured logos… I apologize.

My old man moment

Many complain that a flat-4 sounds wrong in a Porsche. To them, I simply say: “It’s a Porsche.” With the Cayman T is included the Sport Exhaust system that remains, for me, a key element in driving pleasure, more than speed. The best part about my 134-horsepower 1992 Volkswagen Jetta is its aftermarket exhaust and how it manipulates the 2.0L 16V’s noise – The car is slow, but it sounds fast.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Many manufacturers include synthesized noises with their EVs and they’ll always sound fake to me. Perhaps, as a gamer, you’ll feel at home with the speaker-projected sound. To me, this fact will mean that my relevant senses may never be as gratified in an EV as they were in the 718 Cayman T.

The 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T reminds us of what it really means to drive and be well. The Cayman T is a perfectly balanced driving apparatus.

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2022 Porsche 718 Cayman T | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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