Behind the wheel
But those numbers fly out the window once you’re on the road gripping the Cayman T’s sport steering wheel, which just in itself is pretty hard to beat. The mission of any Porsche vehicle - yes, even the base Macan adheres to this school of thought - is to deliver very high performance and even glue a smile on driver's face, whether it's in heavy traffic or on a sumptuously curving road alongside the sea.
In the Cayman T, you'll quickly find your bearings, because even though it’s “affordable”, it offers an optimal driving position, and quite easily thanks to the numerous adjustments possible to the left seat. The height-adjustable and telescopic steering column is also very easy to position for a sporty yet comfortable ride. The position of the gearshift is also sheer perfection.
When starting the engine (whilst keeping the door open to better hear the sound of the engine), you quickly realize that the explosiveness of the old 6-cylinder has been replaced by a relatively more timid sound coming from the turbocharged 4-cylinder. Nevertheless, when the engine returns to its "idle" speed, you can make out the symphony of the flat engine; it’s a purr of that differs from that of an inline 4-cylinder. All in all, the Porsche Cayman T isn't terrible when it comes to engine sound.
Of course, drivers looking for a thrill behind the wheel will quickly toggle to Sport or Sport+ mode, the latter quite harsh if you’re going to be riding over bumpy roads. More realistically, Sport mode is the porridge that’s just right for enjoying the virtues of this sporty car on a daily basis. For those rare sessions on the track, the Sport+ mode is there to get you through.
There's also the Overboost mode, accessed via a button on the steering wheel; its mission is to turn the car into a track car for about 20 seconds. I was able to try it out a few times when in the fast lane and let me tell you, the effect is instantaneous. When a car shifts from seventh to third gear in a fraction of a second, the engine screams loudly of its thirst for acceleration and the ensuing liftoff will blow your hair back and possibly your socks off!
And I won't surprise anyone by saying that the handling of this mid-engine sports car is very close to perfection, thanks to its Pirelli P Zero tires, for one thing, but also to all those innovations like the PASM system or even that other electronic magic trick, the PTV.
The last word
The Porsche 718 Cayman T 2022 may not deliver as much brute force when the right foot gets heavy as other variants of the model, but what it loses in power, it gains in agility. You do have to accept that the engine's sound is a little too muted. And the PDK? The manual gearbox would certainly be purer, but this dual-clutch unit is a pure delight to use, especially with that good old lever.
The timeless design and that Race Yellow colour
The handling is very, very, very hard to fault
The quality of execution
We like less
The sound of the flat-four
The asking price
The suspension is harsh in Sport+ mode... especially on weather-beaten Canadian roads