The Porsche 718 heads into 2023 in Style
Bright new edition brings extroverted character to the mid-engine 718 model line.
Porsche has announced two new variants within the mid-engine 718 model lineup: the new Porsche 718 Boxster Style Edition and 718 Cayman Style Edition. These new models will be initially offered in Europe in early 2023 with global availability to follow.
Underlining Porsche’s commitment to ever more creative and vibrant bespoke finishes, the new models are characterized by special colors and matching contrasting elements. With the Style Edition, Porsche adds model variants for those who seek to stand out. This is particularly evident with the new color Ruby Star Neo, which is a modern interpretation of the Ruby Star color used on the 964 Carrera RS.
Exclusive details, enhanced standard equipment
Regardless of the exterior color, the new Style Edition variants are immediately recognizable. They are fitted as standard equipment with 20-inch 718 Spyder wheels in high-gloss black that carry colored Porsche crests. Furthermore, the Style Edition stands out thanks to Sport Tailpipes in Black and PORSCHE script on the rear in high-gloss silver. The 718 Boxster Style Edition also features ‟Boxster” model designations embossed into the convertible top above the side windows.
The 718 Boxster and Cayman models are already well equipped with standard features including Bi-Xenon Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with integrated 4-point LED daytime running lights, Sport Exhaust, ParkAssist front and rear incl. Rear-view camera, Apple® CarPlay, cruise control, automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors with Integrated Rain Sensor, heated front seats and two-zone automatic climate control. The new Style Edition models also gain a heated, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, floor mats with contrasting stitching in Chalk, a black leather interior with contrasting stitching in Chalk, headrests embossed with the Porsche crest and illuminated stainless steel door sill guards as standard equipment.
Two optional 718 Style Edition contrast packages are also available to customers: one in black, and one in white. Both include decorative stripes on the hood and ‟PORSCHE” logos on the side, while the wheels and rear model designation are painted in black or high-gloss white.
Six-speed manual as standard
Both Style Edition models are based on the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine developing 300 hp. The four-cylinder engine generates 280 lb.-ft. of torque and propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. When equipped with the optional seven-speed PDK and Sport Chrono Package, this time drops to 4.5 seconds. Independent of transmission choice, the top track speed of the 718 Style Edition models is 170 mph.
U.S. market availability and pricing
Detailed information on U.S. pricing and dealer arrival timing will be shared in 2023 closer to market availability and start of ordering.
The 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera T
Manual transmission, upgraded standard performance features and weight reduction mean pure fun.
Porsche is adding the 911 Carrera T variant to the 911 model line. The letter T stands for “Touring” and signifies models with equipment that enhances both driving pleasure and performance. The new 911 Carrera T is equipped with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear seat delete as standard, though the rear seat is available as a no-cost option if desired. Optionally, an eight-speed PDK is available as well for no additional cost. Thanks to the standard seven-speed manual transmission and several features that focus on saving weight, the new 911 Carrera T weighs 3,254 lbs., making it 100 lbs. lighter than a standard 911 Carrera (PDK only). Fitted with a PASM Sport Suspension as standard including a 10 mm ride height reduction compared to the standard 911 Carrera as well as reduced sound insulation, the new 911 Carrera T is made for driving enthusiasts.
PASM Sport Suspension and Sport Chrono Package as standard
The new 911 Carrera T is positioned between the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S. It adopts the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine from the 911 Carrera generating 379 hp and 331 lb.-ft. of torque. The T variant also utilizes the mechanical limited slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) that is standard on the 911 Carrera S and is not available for the 911 Carrera.
Additionally, the 911 Carrera T also comes standard with the Sport Chrono Package and PASM Sport Suspension, the latter of which is optional for the 911 Carrera S and not available for the 911 Carrera. Rear Axle Steering is optionally available with the 911 Carrera T and unavailable on the 911 Carrera. With the standard seven-speed manual transmission, the 911 Carrera T accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds. With the no-cost eight-speed PDK the 0-60 mph sprint is reduced to 3.8 seconds. The top track speed is 181 mph regardless of transmission choice.
Further equipment that is specific to the T includes Titanium Grey Carrera S wheels measuring 20 inches in diameter at the front and 21 inches at the rear. The wheels are fitted with tires measuring 245/35 (front) and 305/30 (rear). The 911 Carrera T also comes standard with a GT Sport steering wheel, Sport Exhaust System, and four-way Sport Seats Plus. Along with the deletion of the rear seats and the reduced sound deadening, the 911 T is fitted with thinner glass and a smaller, more compact battery.
Successful Touring concept across multiple model lines
The “T” in the model designation of the Porsche 911 Carrera T stands for Touring and is rooted in the homologation of the 911 T as a touring car in 1968. The original 911 T was offered until 1973. In 2017, Porsche revived this particularly pure and light 911 variant in the 991 model line. Since then, the concept has successfully been implemented in other model lines with the 718 Cayman T, 718 Boxster T and Macan T.
Exclusive interior and exterior details
Special dark grey accents characterize the interior of the 911 Carrera T. Contrasting elements such as the upper and lower mirror covers as well as the model designation on the doors and rear of the car are painted in Agate Grey. Furthermore, the Sport Exhaust System features high-gloss black tailpipes.
The focus on performance is continued inside the car with standard 4-way adjustable Sort Seats Plus. Interior trim in matte black and decorative inlays in high-gloss black round off the T package. Customers that seek an even higher level of differentiation can choose the optional Carrera T Interior Package. This adds seat belts in Slate Grey or Lizard Green, stripes on the seat centers in one of these colors, decorative stitching, and 911 logos in the headrests. Floor mats with logos and stitching in Lizard Green or Slate Grey are also part of this optional package.
Attractive options and color choices
Optionally, the 911 Carrera T can be ordered with 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus or the particularly sporty and light Full Bucket Seats, the latter of which feature seat centers in RaceTex. The deleted rear seats can be re-equipped at no charge, though not in conjunction with carbon fiber Full Bucket Seats. The Carrera T Interior Package can also be enhanced with leather, which is used to cover the door armrests and panels, center console and dashboard. The new 911 Carrera T is available in, black, white, Guards Red and Racing Yellow as well as the following metallic colors: Jet Black, Gentian Blue, Ice Grey and GT Silver. Chalk, Ruby Star Neo, Carmine Red, Shark Blue and Python Green are also available as special colors. Additionally for the first time, the “Paint to Sample” program is now available for the 911 Carrera T, which was not offered on the previous 991 generation model. This extends the available palette further by 110 colors.
The 911 Carrera T will reach U.S. dealers by Spring 2023 and has an MSRP of $116,600 not including a $1,450 delivery, processing and handling fee.
RS 2.7 limited edition watches of TAG Heuer and Porsche
In 2021, Porsche and TAG Heuer entered a global partnership which honors their brands shared history and values. The two brands are once again joining creative forces, releasing two new limited-edition timepieces.
The watches are a tribute to one of Porsche’s most iconic models and the first 911 to bear the Carrera name: the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022. To mark the occasion, two distinctive TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche Limited Editions are being introduced, showcasing the signature features that have made both the 1972 sports car and the 1963 chronograph timeless objects of desire.
“The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was the first 911 to be christened ‘Carrera’ and the crowning glory of the Porsche range at this time,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “The anniversary of this sportscar icon is the perfect occasion for us to launch a joint watch with our close partner TAG Heuer, with whom we share the same philosophy and love for exclusive products that combine innovation and heritage.”
“The name and spirit of the Carrera are incredibly meaningful and emblematic for both TAG Heuer and Porsche,” says Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer. “So, for the 50th anniversary of the very first Porsche 911 Carrera, the iconic RS 2.7, we wanted to create a tribute watch that would express the character and power of this groundbreaking sportscar within our own signature TAG Heuer Carrera chronograph. The two timepieces we imagined together are sleek, assertive, memorable, they reflect their illustrious past but project something even more exciting, what Porsche and TAG Heuer can now achieve together.”
On October 5, Frédéric Arnault and Detlev von Platen presented the editions at an event in Paris. Beforehand, a road trip with influencers took place in the rural surroundings of the French metropolis, during which spectacular photos were taken. The destinations included the Palace of Versailles as well as the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Baronville Palace. Numerous Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and other sports cars of the brand were driven.
The first Porsche 911 Carrera
Revealed on October 5, 1972, and designed for racing and rallying, the “Carrera RS” was the first Porsche 911 dedicated to motorsports and nicknamed “Carrera”. The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 hit the market at the end of the first generation of the 911. At the time it was the fastest German production automobile of its day and most powerful 911 available for use on the street. Lightweight and aerodynamic, it was also the first road sports car in the world to have a front and rear spoiler (soon to be known as the “duck tail”), which ensured improved driving stability and a higher top speed.
The wheels at the front and rear were of different widths for higher cornering speeds and improved braking. A road-legal vehicle which was intended to enable customers to take part in racing events. The exact same philosophy led to the introduction of the Heuer Carrera, a chronograph that was engineered for optimal timekeeping and legibility in high-speed race conditions but was also preferred by those who valued sleek design in everyday life.
Only 1580 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and RSR 2.7 were produced, in a range of 27 vivid colors evocative of the 1970s, two of which were selected for the TAG Heuer tribute watches: Indischrot (Guards Red) and Glasurblau (Glacier Blue).
The new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronographs
The limited-edition watches are based on the 42-mm TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph with its elegant tri-compax layout, minutes and hour chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock and a permanent second indicator and date window at 6 o’clock. Similar to the powerful Porsche 911 Carrera, TAG Heuer has equipped its premier chronograph with its most advanced movement, the in-house manufactured Calibre Heuer 02, with an outstanding power reserve of 80 hours. Visible though the sapphire crystal case back, the movement’s oscillating mass is customized to represent Porsche’s three-spoke steering wheel and bears the two partners’ logos side by side.
The Sporty Blue Edition is limited to 500 pieces, marked with a limitation number. The finely polished steel case, rhodium-plated indexes and hours and minutes hands recall the car’s chrome door handles, mirrors, and window frames. The dial is smooth white opalin, while the two sub-counters have an eye-catching snailed finish.
Seamlessly integrated design codes
Porsche’s design codes are seamlessly integrated throughout the TAG Heuer piece, with blue lacquered chronograph and central hands, blue lacquered pushbuttons and shield logo on the crown and blue markings on the Calibre Heuer 02 oscillating mass. The right sub-counter design recalls the rims’ aesthetic, and the signature color stripe and Carrera logo make a bold statement on the dial, flange, case side and strap.
The Sporty Red Edition is even more limited, with only 250 pieces, marked XXX/250. The refined case is 18K 5N rose gold, as are the crown, pushers, and screw-down sapphire case back. The shimmery white dial is framed with a Guards Red circular line and features rose-gold colored applied indexes, permanent second indicator and hour and minutes hands.
The two collectors’ timepieces are each presented in a specially designed and co-branded packaging from TAG Heuer x Porsche with vibrant colored inserts. Available since October 5, 2022, they are sold exclusively in TAG Heuer boutiques, on www.tagheuer.com and at select retail partners.