They’re both thoroughbred sports cars, but the demands on them are very different. Here, the
The T stands for touring—since model year 1968, this letter code has indicated a
The 718 T’s lower seating position is immediately noticeable on the track. The PASM sport chassis with transverse lock in conjunction with the twenty-inch wheels—exclusive to the 718 T in titanium gray—noticeably improves handling. Sports seats provide optimal comfort. And what is described as a “basic engine” on paper turns out to be either an effortlessly well-mannered or masterfully uncompromising drive package with the attitude of a high-performance athlete on the open country road, depending on one’s preference.
On the racetrack, completely different virtues are the order of the day. At 313 kW (425 hp), the 3.8-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine of the 718
In comparison with its predecessor, the 718
End of the first test-drive. The two photogenic models return and come to a stop at the edge of the track. Then the ten cylinders are silenced, and in the future they’ll be traveling separately—four for the road, six for the racetrack. Both carrying