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2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Launched – New Engine, 0-200 in 8 seconds, RM2.2mil

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Following the opening of its flagship Porsche Centre Ara Damansara, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) launched the new generation 911 Turbo S for the Malaysian market.

This range-topping 911 is powered by a new 3.8 litre boxer engine with two VTG turbochargers, which delivers 650 PS and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. The Turbo-specific eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) cuts 0.2 seconds from the zero to 100 km/h sprint, compared to its predecessor. Top speed remains unchanged at 330 km/h.

Price of the new 911 Turbo S in Malaysia starts from RM 2,235,463 within the SST exemption period.

Exterior

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Modified track widths, further developed aerodynamics and new mixed-sized tyres contribute to the agility and sportiness of the new 911 Turbo S: the track is now 42 mm wider at the front axle and 10 mm wider at the rear axle.

The dimensions of the 911 Turbo S have also been increased significantly in line with the enhanced driving dynamics, whereby it is 45 milimetres wider above the front axle (1,840 mm) and an increase of 20 milimetres in overall width above the rear axle (1,900 mm).

Porsche 911 Turbo S

For the first time, the 911 Turbo S transfers its power to the road with mixed tyres in two different sizes: it has 20-inch tyres with their unique 255/35 dimensions at the front, and 21-inch 315/30 tyres at the rear.

The active cooling flaps, together with the variable front spoiler lip as well as the larger extending and tilting rear wing which delivers 15 per cent more downforce, offers three active aerodynamic components, depending on the speed and driving mode.

Eco configuration

In the newly available Eco configuration, the rear wing is retracted over a large speed range so that the vehicle can be driven with minimum drag. Also newly available, the Wet mode is focused on driving stability in wet conditions.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

The extended but not yet tilted rear wing combined with the completely retracted front spoiler lip shifts the aerodynamic balance towards the rear axle when the Wet mode is activated. This results in a higher rear-end and driving stability for greater safety on wet road surfaces.

In the event of full braking at high speed, the new airbrake function will be activated automatically. The front spoiler and rear wing are moved to the Performance position for higher drag and increased downforce to reduce the braking distance and improve driving stability during braking.

Engine

The leap in performance of this new generation is particularly noticeable in its sprint from zero to 200 km/h: it is one full second quicker than its predecessor, at 8.9 seconds.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Thanks to the enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, the transfer case can distribute significantly more torque, with up to 500 Nm being transferred to the front wheels.

The new generation of the standard PASM chassis is also even sportier. Faster and more precisely controlled dampers provide significant advantages to the driving dynamics with respect to roll stability, road holding, steering behaviour and cornering speeds.

The new front end with wider air intakes has a characteristic Turbo-look with dual front light modules as well as standard LED matrix headlights with dark inserts. The redesigned, pneumatically extendable front spoiler and the larger rear wing with its muscular sections with integrated air intakes emphasise the sleek body of the 911 Turbo S. The new look of the rear is completed by rectangular tailpipes in high-gloss Black, typical of the Turbo. 

Interior

The interior has a high-quality and sporty finish. The standard equipment list includes a full leather interior and carbon trim in combination with Light Silver accents. The 18-way adjustable sports seats feature stitching that pays homage to the first 911 Turbo (type 930).

Porsche 911 Turbo S

High quality graphic elements and logos in the instrument cluster complete the characteristic Turbo S features. The centre screen of the PCM is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly without distraction thanks to its new layout with significantly reduced number of controls. Other features on board are the GT sports steering wheel, the Sport Chrono package with newly integrated Porsche Track Precision app and BOSE Surround Sound system. 

Additional new equipment options also underline the much sportier image of the all-wheel drive 911, including the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports chassis that has been lowered by 10 mm. The sports exhaust system with adjustable flaps also guarantees a distinctive sound, for an overall emotion-filled drive.

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Porsche and Shell to Build High-Speed EV Charging Stations

Porsche Taycan Shell

Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell today jointly announced the implementation of Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging (HPC) network with 12 charge points at six Shell stations strategically located along Malaysia’s North-South highway.

Through this partnership, six Shell stations will be equipped with 180 kW direct-current (DC) chargers, offering the highest charging capacity across Singapore and Malaysia.

The chargers come with two CCS Type 2 charging connectors, allowing a single vehicle to be charged at up to 180 kW, or two vehicles to charge simultaneously at up to 90 kW each. The offering will be rolled out in stages with four stations to be ready in the second half of 2021 and two additional stations by the first half of 2022.

Porsche shell charging station

Shell Recharge Points

The sites will be integrated in the existing Shell charging networks, comprising 18 Shell Recharge 50kW fast charge points at Shell stations and 87 Greenlots public charge points in Singapore, as well as 18 “Reserve + Shell Recharge” charge points in Malaysia.

Furthermore, they will complement the established 175kW high performance chargers available at all Porsche Centres in Malaysia, as well as the growing “Porsche Destination Charging” network at selected hotels, airports, sports clubs, and other lifestyle venues.

As electric mobility starts gaining momentum in Singapore and Malaysia, the network will enable smooth, convenient, and reliable electric road trips between the two countries. Once launched, the chargers will be available for all EVs that utilise the CCS Type 2 charging connector, which is widely used across both countries, with Porsche customers enjoying special rates at Shell Recharge.

80% in 30 minutes

porsche shell ev

Shell’s new 180kW high performance chargers are equipped to charge the Porsche Taycan from zero to 80% battery capacity in around 30 minutes, providing up to 390km (WLTP) of extra travel distance.

Shell is also offering additional benefits to Porsche customers such as reserving the HPC points in Malaysia in advance using their mobile app, and preferential prices for food and beverages at the Shell Select shops.

The charging network complements the locations and retail formats for current and future Porsche enthusiasts in Malaysia, such as the newest Porsche Centre Ara Damansara as well as the upcoming Porsche Centre Johor Bahru, which are designed to foster brand experience and exclusivity.

500,000 stations by 2025

Shell is aiming to expand its EV charging offer to 500,000 stations by 2025 globally. The partnership with Porsche and other initiatives are part of Shell’s strategy to accelerate its transformation into a provider of net-zero emissions energy products and services while giving EV drivers choices to charge their cars be it at home, workplace, shopping malls or at Shell stations.

Thousands of commuters travelled between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang every week prior to COVID-19. While it is not possible to do so with current travel restrictions, Shell and Porsche are gearing up for a time when the borders will eventually reopen and commuters will be able to travel again across the two countries in a safe and more sustainable manner.


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RM700k German SUV Battle – BMW X7 VS Porsche Cayenne

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

BMW Group Malaysia just introduced the locally assembled X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence last week with an estimated asking price of RM708,000. Believe it or not, the CKD version is actually about RM150,000 cheaper than the previous fully imported X7.

Interestingly, the new price tag actually makes the X7 about RM10,000 cheaper than a fully loaded Porsche Cayenne which now comes with the Enhanced Premium Package and a few options which can be had for a total of RM718,702.

In case you’re wondering what we mean by a “fully loaded” Cayenne, below is the list of the standard and optional features which can be had for the aforementioned price:

What you get in a standard Cayenne
Additional goodies that bring the price to RM718k

Therefore, if you have a budget of slightly above RM700,000, you actually have two solid options here, so let us dive into what these premium German SUVs have to offer.  

Dimensions

The X7 is essentially a seven-seater SUV which sits right on top of BMW’s SUV range. Measuring 5,151 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width, 1,805 mm in height with a wheelbase length of 3,105 mm, the X7 is a behemoth that actually makes the 7-Series look small.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

The 2021 Porsche Cayenne on the other hand, is a five-seater SUV that measures 4,919 mm in length, 1,983 mm in width, 1,696 mm in height, with a 2,895 mm-long wheelbase.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

Obviously, the X7 is the bigger model here due to the two additional seats. So, if a seven-seater is what you need, look no further than the X7, but if you are alright with five seats and want something slightly smaller and easier to manoeuvre than the X7, the Cayenne may tickle you in the right places.

Powertrain

Powering the X7 is a turbocharged straight-six petrol engine making 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque, which is sent to all four wheels via a an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The powertrain package enables the X7 to accelerate from naught to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds while hitting a top speed of 245 km/h.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

Further complementing the powertrain are features like air suspension, the Executive Drive Pro package with active anti-roll stabilisation, Dynamic Damper Control, Integral Active Steering, and BMW’s rear-wheel steering system.

As for the Porsche Cayenne, power comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine making 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque which is actually identical with the X7’s outputs. Mated with an 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, the Cayenne which is equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

Fitted with mixed tyres and rear-axle steering for the first time, the Cayenne’s on-road capabilities are further improved by active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system. For the first time, the Cayenne is also available with electric rear-axle steering.

Features

On the exterior, the BMW X7 features a generous dose of chrome, 21-inch wheels, BMW Laser lights, LED fog lamps, anti-dazzle side mirrors, as well as hands-free tailgate opening function.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

As for the interior, the X7 is all about the “Taukay” life, with leather upholstery everywhere, screens for the second row occupants, soft-closing doors, powered window blinds, BMW Connected Package Professional, a 12.3-inch BMW Live Cockpit Professional digital speedometer, and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assist and an around-view monitor.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 combines the fully digital, user-configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster with an equally large central Control Display with touchscreen functionality.

The X7 is also fitted with the voice-controlled BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and BMW Gesture Control. Other highlights include the Welcome Light Carpet feature, five-zone air conditioning, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 16 loudspeakers and electric roller blinds for side windows.

While there is 325 litres of luggage space with all the seats up, it can be maximised up to 2,120 litres with the backrests folded down. Last but not least, driver assistance gizmos include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Integral Active Steering, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention, Parking Assistance Plus, and Reverse Assistant.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

Meanwhile, the Porsche Cayenne is not as “bling” as the Beemer. In fact, things quite the opposite with the Porsche’s exterior, with key features being the 21-inch RS Spyder wheels, body-coloured wheel arch extensions, and LED lights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS).

What about the Cayenne?

Inside, there is a Bose premium audio system, Porsche emblems on the seat headrests, electric roll-up sun blinds, four-zone air conditioning, ambient lighting, 14-way powered front seats, an ioniser, soft-close doors, as well as a two-tone leather interior.

Porsche Cayenne vs BMW X7

Those who want more sportiness can opt for the black tailpipes, LED Matrix lights with PDLS, matte black Porsche emblems, black wheel arch extensions, as well as black roof rails. With all of these features installed, the on the road price of the fully loaded Porsche Cayenne stands at RM718,702.

Warranty and Road Tax

The BMW X7 xDrive40i comes with a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and a free scheduled service programme, along with other services like roadside assistance and accident hotline, the BMW Group Loyalty+ mobile app with privileges card, and BMW Service Online.

The Porsche Cayenne on the other hand, comes with a four-year warranty program and free maintenance package, which includes complimentary service, labour and parts.

If we are to compare both the SUVs’ warranty programs, BMW actually covers you for a longer duration versus the Porsche, but Porsche’s free maintenance package for four years is a major plus point which somewhat makes it up for the one year difference between both models.

Since both models are powered by 3.0-litre turbocharged engines, the road tax price should be the same due to the similarity in the displacement level.

bmw x7 vs porsche cayenne

While both are undeniably quick and well equipped, the X7 will clearly appeal more to those who are all about luxury and want more attention. Just look at that grille.

The Porsche however looks stealthier, drives quicker, and is more performance oriented. That being said, if money was no issue, which one would you go for?

Is it top-notch luxury, or is it downright sportiness?  

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2021 Porsche 911 GT3 Unveiled

Porsche 911 GT3

After much anticipation, Porsche has finally taken the wraps off new 911 GT3, and that is not all. The seventh edition of the high-performance sports car, which was developed in close collaboration with Porsche Motorsport, is actually available for pre-order at Porsche Centres nationwide.

Powering the 992-gen GT3 is a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat six engine which produces 510 PS, which makes it the most powerful 911 GT3 to date. With a top speed of 320 km/h (318 km/h with PDK), it is even faster than the previous 911 GT3 RS. Capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, the new model also comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

Porsche 911 GT3

Exterior

Despite having a wider body, larger wheels, and additional technical features, the weight of the new GT3 is on par with its predecessor. The front bonnet made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), lightweight glass windows, optimised brake discs and forged light-alloy wheels ensure weight discipline, as does the cover for the rear seat compartment.

Other highlights include exterior mirror tops made of carbon, darkened LED matrix main headlights and matching Exclusive design rear lights with an arc of light with no red components. Guards Red or Shark Blue painted wheel rims enhance the black alloy wheels.

Porsche 911 GT3

And then we have the lightweight sports exhaust system with electrically adjustable flaps which reduces the weight by no less than ten kilograms, the double wishbone front axle layout, the swan neck rear wing and striking diffuser taken from the 911 RSR, as well as the manually set wing and diffuser elements.

Performance

During final testing, it lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife, traditionally the ultimate proving ground for all sports cars developed by Porsche, over 17 seconds quicker than its predecessor. Development driver Lars Kern took just 6:59.927 minutes for a full 20.8-kilometre lap. The shorter 20.6-kilometre track, which had previously served as a benchmark, was completed by the 911 GT3 in 6:55.2 minutes.

Porsche 911 GT3

Running on the optionally available Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, the new model consistently delivered its performance over several laps in the expert hands of Porsche brand ambassador Jörg Bergmeister. For Bergmeister, it is “by far the best production car” that the experienced professional driver has ever driven in the “Green Hell”.

Interior

Inside, the cockpit is almost identical with the current 992 model generation. A new feature is the track screen, which, at the touch of a button, reduces the digital displays to the left and right of the central rev counter, and display information such as tyre pressure indicator, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel tank level and water temperature, which are essential when driving on the circuit.

Porsche 911 GT3

It also includes a visual shift assistant with coloured bars to the left and right of the rev counter and a shift light derived from Motorsport.

As exclusive as the 911 GT3 itself is the individual chronograph that Porsche Design offers exclusively to customers of the high-performance sports car. Like its motorised role model, it boasts a dynamic design, consistent performance and high-quality workmanship.

Porsche 911 GT3

Just like the connecting rods of the GT3 engine, it consists of robust, lightweight titanium. The timepiece is powered by an individual winding rotor reminiscent of the wheels of the 911 GT3. The coloured ring of the dial can be customised in the paint colours of the 911 GT3.

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Porsche Extends Taycan Range With New Base Model

2021 porsche taycan

Porsche has just expanded the Taycan range with a new base model, bringing the total number of variants to four – the new Taycan, Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan Turbo S.

The new base Taycan, which is a rear-wheel drive model, is available with two sizes of battery. With the standard Performance Battery, the new entry-level model delivers up to 408 PS. Meanwhile, those who opt for the base Taycan with Performance Battery Plus will be entitled to an output of up to 476 PS.

2021 Porsche Taycan

While the single-deck Performance Battery with a gross capacity of 79.2 kWh is fitted as standard, the two-deck 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus is available only as an option. Range, in accordance with WLTP, is up to 431 km and up to 484 km respectively.

2021 Porsche Taycan

As the youngest member of the model family, the Taycan includes, right from the start, the new features introduced in the other versions at the model year changeover. For instance, there is the Plug & Charge function which enables convenient charging and payments without the need for cards or an app.

Performance

The new base Taycan accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, whichever battery is specified. Its top speed is also 230 km/h in both configurations, while its maximum charging capacity is up to 225 kW (Performance Battery) or up to 270 kW (Performance Battery Plus).

2021 Porsche Taycan

This means that both batteries can be charged from five to 80 per cent in 22.5 minutes and that power for a further 100 kilometres is achieved after only five minutes.

In addition to the permanently excited synchronous motor on the rear axle, the drive architecture also includes a two-speed transmission. Just as with its siblings in the model range, its highlights include intelligent charging management as well as exemplary aerodynamics.

Exterior

2021 Porsche Taycan

Distinguishing features of the Taycan within its model family include aerodynamically optimised 19-inch Taycan Aero wheels and black anodised brake callipers.

2021 Porsche Taycan rims

The front apron, side sills and rear diffuser in black are the same as those on the Taycan 4S. LED headlights are fitted as standard.

Interior

Inside, the new base Taycan comes with a partial leather interior as well as front comfort seats with eight-way electrical adjustment. The car features two luggage compartments: 84 litres at the front, and up to 407 litres at the rear.

2021 Porsche Taycan

The Taycan is also the first Porsche model available with an entirely leather-free interior. Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car.

The adaptive air suspension is also equipped with a Smartlift function. This allows the Taycan to be programmed so that it raises its ride height automatically at certain recurring locations such as road humps or garage driveways.

2021 Porsche Taycan

The Smartlift function can also actively influence the vehicle’s height on motorway journeys and can adjust the vehicle’s ride height for the best possible compromise between efficiency and driving comfort.

The Taycan is equipped as standard with six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes at the front and four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes at the rear. The internally vented brake discs are 360 mm diameter at the front and 358 mm at the rear.

2021 Porsche Taycan Boot

The brake callipers have a black anodised finish. A further option is the high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB). Its discs have a diameter of 410 mm and 365 mm front and rear.

Flying start

Having delivered over 20,000 Taycans to customers worldwide in 2020, the model was already off to a flying start since its global debut. The electric sports car has already received around 50 international awards, above all in its principal markets of Germany, the US, the UK and China.

porsche taycan

The new rear-wheel drive Taycan also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest drift with an electric car, having been driven sideways non-stop for exactly 42.171 km. Now that a cheaper entry-level model is in the picture, we can only expect the Taycan sales to grow further around the world.

As for Malaysia, the Porsche Taycan is available in three variants, with prices ranging between RM725,000 and RM1.195 million.

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Porsche Celebrates Boxster’s 25th Birthday With Special Model

Porsche Boxster 25

Porsche is celebrating the 25th birthday of its roadster family with an anniversary model – the Boxster 25 years Edition.

The limited edition model is restricted to 1,250 units worldwide and is based on the GTS 4.0 model, which is powered by a 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine with 400 PS. Owners can choose between a manual six-speed transmission or a seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK).

Porsche Boxster 25

One of the most striking features of the special model is the reinterpreted colour Neodyme, a copper-like shimmering brown, which provided an exciting contrast the basic GT Silver Metallic colour on the pioneering 1993 version.

In the special edition, it is used on the front apron, the side air intakes with mono bar as well as for the lettering and the two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels.

Porsche Boxster 25

Porsche is offering the Boxster 25 years in GT Silver Metallic although Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic are also available.

Another striking element can be found on the fuel filler cap, which is enhanced by Porsche script from the Exclusive Design range. This shines in an aluminium look as do the high-gloss tailpipes of the sports exhaust system while the windscreen surround is finished in contrasting Black.

Porsche Boxster 25 interior

The special model also combines a Bordeaux leather interior with a red fabric convertible top. The convertible top bears embossed Boxster 25 lettering. Both are also available in Black.

An interior package in Aluminium, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill trims with “Boxster 25″ lettering and the heated GT multifunction sports leather steering wheel are just some of the features on the new model’s extended standard equipment list.

Porsche Boxster 25 sports chrono package

The special-edition model reaches a top speed of 293 km/h and, in combination with the PDK gearbox and standard Sport Chrono package, sprints from zero to 100 km/h in four seconds.

Other standard features include Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension (PASM), which is 10 millimetres lower, and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical limited-slip differential. They combine remarkable ride comfort and sporty, dynamic handling.

Porsche Boxster 25

The introduction of the completely newly developed Porsche Boxster back in 1996 marked a turning point in the company’s fortunes. The agile, mid-engine roadster not only opened up a new market segment for Porsche, but also attracted a significantly younger customer group, thanks to price positioning below the established 911.

Currently in its fourth generation, more than 357,000 units of the Porsche Boxster have been produced up to now.

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Porsche Reveals Unseen Concept Cars for the First Time

Porsche Unseen Porsche Vision Spyder

For the first time ever, the folks at Porsche have decided to give the world a glimpse at some pretty cool concept cars which the brand developed over the past 15 years under the “Porsche Unseen” campaign.

Porsche Unseen Porsche Vision Spyder rear

While a few of these concepts resemble a few of Porsche’s production models, some of the concepts are so unique that they would make us wish they were mass produced. That being said, let us jump right into the list of “Porsche Unseen”.

Porsche 919 Street

Porsche Unseen 919 Street

Developed on the basis of the technology used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the 919 Street Concept actually didn’t make it past clay modeling stage.

Porsche Unseen 919 Street rear

Under the outer shell are the carbon monocoque and powerful 900 PS hybrid racing drivetrain that helped the Porsche 919 to achieve numerous victories at Le Mans. The dimensions and wheelbase were also the same as on the race car.

Porsche Vision Spyder

Porsche Unseen Vision Spyder

With its spartan, puristic cockpit, the characteristic radiator grilles over the mid engine, red graphic elements and the suggested fins at the rear, the compact Porsche Vision Spyder reminds us of the Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder from 1954.

Porsche Unseen Porsche Vision Spyder

According to Porsche, the study was intended to further develop the design identity of Porsche and provide a pool of ideas for future models’ details such as the ultra-modern roll bar.

Porsche Vision Renndienst

Porsche Unseen Porsche Renndienst

This is our favourite from the lot as it is like no Porsche we have ever seen before. The Porsche vision “Renndienst” is the free interpretation of a family-friendly space concept for up to six persons.

Porsche Unseen Porsche Renndienst side profile

The Porsche design team says that it is actually a futuristic space shuttle with exciting proportions. In the interior, passengers find a comfortable and modular travel cabin.

Porsche Unseen Porsche Renndienst Rennsport

The driver sits in a central driver’s seat. The all-electric drive technology is located in the underbody. As a result, passengers can enjoy an unexpectedly generous space and travel experience combined with Porsche-like flair.

“When it comes to the visions we develop, it is not about bringing every car onto the road. Instead, it is more a question of establishing creative space and a relationship with the future,” says Michael Mauer, Porsche’s Chief Designer.

Porsche Unseen Porsche Renndienst rear

The previously unpublished design studies are being presented exclusively by the Porsche Newsroom in a series of articles. The 9:11Magazine web TV format has also dedicated an episode to selected studies and examines the connection between the studies and the current production models together with Porsche Chief Designer Michael Mauer.

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The New Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a 700 PS Beast

Porsche is completing the product line-up for the new Panamera with three new models – the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the Panamera 4S.

Out of the three, the highlight is none other than the 700 PS, 870 Nm flagship variant – the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is now the most powerful variant in the completely revamped product line, combining a 571 PS, four-litre biturbo V8 with a 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor. Its all-electric range has been increased by up to 30 per cent thanks to a new 17.9 kWh battery and optimised driving modes.

This also applies to the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, where the electric motor is complemented as before by a 330 PS 2.9-litre biturbo V6, resulting in a system power output of 462 PS.

Alongside the recently unveiled new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, which boasts a system power output of 560 PS, Porsche is now offering three Panamera plug-in hybrid models for the first time – Porsche is therefore systematically extending its E-Performance strategy.

At the heart of the drive architecture is the electric motor, which is integrated into the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and still produces a power output of 100 kW (136 PS) and maximum torque of 400 Nm.

In combination with its standard Sport Chrono package, and powered by a four-litre V8 biturbo engine that now delivers571 PS instead of 550 PS, the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid now completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than its predecessor.

It reaches a top speed of 315 km/h, which represents an improvement of 5 km/h. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid takes just 4.4 seconds (-0.2 s) to reach 100 km/h from a standing start on its way to a top speed of up to 280 km/h (+2 km/h).

The gross capacity of the high-voltage battery has been increased from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh, thanks to the use of optimised cells, and the driving modes have been adapted for even more efficient energy utilisation. The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 50 km. Meanwhile, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can be driven with zero local emissions for up to 56 km.

The Porsche plug-in hybrid models are preferably charged at home – either via a standard domestic outlet or a power socket. A model-specific charging capacity of up to 7.2 kW is possible with the standard Porsche Mobile Charger. Charging is also possible at public charging points using a Mode 3 cable.

The newly designed front end of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is differentiated by its dual C-shaped Turbo front light modules as well as its larger side air intakes. The revamped light bar at the rear now runs seamlessly over the luggage compartment lid with an adapted contour.

The options available include darkened Exclusive Design tail light modules with dynamic Coming/Leaving Home animation, three new 20- and 21-inch wheels and two new exterior colours (Cherry Metallic and Truffle Brown Metallic).

Last but not least, the chassis and control systems have also been tuned for sportiness and comfort in all new Panamera models. In some cases, a completely new control strategy has been implemented.

A new generation of steering control system and new tyres ensure improved lateral dynamics and greater precision. The flagship Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid comes as standard with all currently available chassis and control systems such as the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) electric roll stabilisation system, which includes Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), rear axle steering with Power Steering Plus as well as the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system.

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Porsche Taycan Launched in Malaysia – 3 Variants, From RM725,000

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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) enters a new era of electromobility with the launch of the new Porsche Taycan, its first fully electric sports car.

The Taycan models will be available in Malaysia in three variants:

  • Taycan Turbo S – RM1.195 million
  • Taycan Turbo  – RM999,000
  • Taycan 4S  – RM725,000

On the exterior, LED Matrix Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) are equipped as standard for the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, while the Taycan 4S comes with LED Headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).

Other standard features on the Taycan Turbo S include lightweight Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), carbon fibre door sill guards, sport design side skirts, and rear diffusor in louvered design. These are available as options for the Taycan Turbo and Taycan 4S.

Inside, The freestanding 16.9-inch curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard, while a central, 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look.

“Foot garages” – recesses in the battery in the rear footwell – ensure sitting comfort in the rear and allow the low sports car height.

An entire leather-free interior is fitted as standard for the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, and is an available option for the Taycan 4S. Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car.

According to Porsche, the original 911’s cleanly styled dashboard from 1963 was the inspiration for the Taycan’s cabin design.

In terms of performance, the flagship Taycan Turbo S can generate up to 761 PS overboost power in combination with Launch Control, and the Taycan Turbo up to 680 PS.

The Taycan Turbo S generates up to 1,050 Nm of torque and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, while the Taycan Turbo reaches maximum torque of 850 Nm and completes this sprint in 3.2 seconds.

The Turbo S has a range of up to 412 kilometres, while the Turbo has a range of up to 450 kilometres. The top speed of both all-wheel-drive models is 260 km/h. The Porsche Electric Sport Sound comes as standard, a unique acoustic accompaniment to dynamic driving.

As for the Taycan 4S, it reaches the century sprint in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. With the standard Performance Battery, it delivers up to 530 PS via overboost power in conjunction with Launch Control. This is increased to a maximum of 571 PS with the optional Performance Battery Plus.

The Taycan 4S also has an electrical range of up to 407 kilometres with the standard Performance Battery and 463 kilometres with the Performance Battery Plus.

The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts instead of the usual 400 volts for electric cars. This is a particular advantage for Taycan drivers on the road: in just over 36 minutes, the battery can be fully recharged using the available 175 kW direct current (DC) chargers from the high-power charging network for a range of over 400 km across all models.

The overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4 kWh and can conduct higher currents, thus speeding up the charging process significantly. Taycan drivers can comfortably charge their cars with up to eleven kW of alternating current (AC) at home.

As part of the ownership experience that Porsche is known for, SDAP will be offering intelligent and holistic charging solutions for Taycan owners, with equipment that includes a 22 kW Porsche Mobile Charger Plus and the Porsche Home Energy Manager.

Malaysia’s first Direct Current (DC) high performance chargers have also been installed across SDAP dealer network.  With first deliveries of the Taycan estimated to be in the first quarter of 2021, all Taycan owners can have peace of mind with these 175 kW DC chargers delivering a full charge in 36 minutes

Taycan customers will enjoy the same complimentary and comprehensive four-year maintenance and warranty programme offered for all Porsche cars by SDAP, with the battery covered under an eight-year warranty. Customers can opt to extend both the vehicle and battery warranties for up to fifteen years.

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2020 Porsche Macan is Here with Enhanced Premium Package – From RM439k

Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) today announced the introduction of a new enhanced Premium Package for the Macan, with enhancements worth over RM 39,000.00.

The new enhanced Premium Package for the Macan includes additional specifications such as Comfort Access, Park Assist with Surround View, as well as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), on top of the standard options.

Other luxury and comfort features that are complimentary with the base price of the Macan include Apple CarPlay accompanied by the BOSE Surround Sound System, Power Steering Plus, 14-way power seats including memory function for both driver and front passenger, comfort lighting package and automatic dimming mirrors.

Powering the Macan is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque. With its seven-gear PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the compact SUV goes from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 225 km/h.

Its latest prominent features include the three-dimensional LED light panel at the rear to keep with Porsche’s design DNA and the new fully interconnected Porsche communication management system with 10.9-inch touchscreen inside the vehicle, for a range of digital possibilities at your fingertips.

From now until 31 December 2020, customers will also enjoy the 50% sales tax incentive supported by the government on top of complimentary enhanced new features that now come as standard. That being said, the pricing for the Macan with the enhanced Premium Package starts from RM439,351.00






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