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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) just launched the new 911 Speedster via a virtual video launch.
Paying homage to the 356 “No. 1” Roadster, the new 911 Speedster we see here sports the optional Heritage Design package that was specially designed by Style Porsche and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
The heart of the new Speedster is adopted from the 911 GT3. The naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine kicks out 510 hp and 470 Nm of torque. Performance? It goes from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h.
Compared with the previous 911 GT3, the engine in the Speedster is fitted with two gasoline particulate filters (GPF), and still manages 10 hp more. This is due to improvements to detail such as the high-pressure fuel injectors with optimised spray pattern as well as a modified intake system with individual throttle valves, which enables a more spontaneous response to throttle commands.
The newly developed lightweight stainless steel sports exhaust system weighs 10 kilograms less, despite the addition of the two particulate filters.
What we love most about the 911 Speedster is that Porsche only offers the car with a manual six-speed sports transmission. It features an auto-blip function which precisely and independently compensates differences in engine speed between the gears when downshifting through automatic throttle blips.
Auto-blip can be activated at any time, in other words also independently from the chosen PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) variable damping system setting. A mechanical rear differential lock with asymmetric locking action rounds off sporty power transmission.
Further complementing the powertrain package is the sporty rear-axle steering and dynamic engine mounts, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and PASM with sports tuning and lowering by 25 mm, as well as 20-inch forged Speedster alloy wheels.
The list of standard equipment includes PCCB brakes (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake) with internally vented and perforated ceramic composite brake discs.
On the exterior, the main highlight is the double-bubble rear – a quintessential feature of this sports car type ever since the 911 Speedster from over 30 years ago. It is the largest and most complex component to date that Porsche has used in a road model made of a single piece of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.
Two trim elements in the double bubbles make room for the roll-over protection system as need, included in the two-seater as a standard feature just like in the 911 Carrera Cabriolet.
A weight-saving roof structure replaces the basic tonneau cover of the concept vehicle. Together with the shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows, it gives the 911 Speedster its athletic profile. The excitingly low fly line already characterised historic designs such as the Porsche 356 Speedster from 1954.
While the carbon-fibre composite bonnet weighs in two kilograms lighter than the 911 GT3, the front apron was borrowed from the GT3, but the front spoiler lip is a completely new development.
Instead of the Talbot mirrors used on the concept vehicle, the production version of the new Speedster features electrically adjustable Sport Design exterior mirrors. The extending, aerodynamically tuned rear spoiler and rear apron have been adopted from the 911 GT3 Touring for the Speedster.
The interior features black leather elements, carbon-fibre composite full-bucket seats, a shortened gear lever, and lightweight door panels.
Also worth noting are the “Speedster” logos that adorn the head restraints and the visible carbon door sills as well as the central rev counter. Like the other instruments, it has black dials with white needles as well as green digits and scales – features reminiscent of its famous forebear, the Porsche 356 Speedster.
There is also a limited-edition badge on the cross structure behind the front seats shows the serial number of the 911 Speedster, which is limited to just 1,948 units.
Last but not least Porsche also optionally offers the new 911 Speedster with a Heritage Design package, which can be seen on the car here. This exclusive exterior and interior detailed package, which reinterprets classic elements from the 1950s and 1960s, includes the interior colour scheme in Black and Cognac with golden details, special “spears” paintwork in White for the front fascia and front wings, and GT Silver Metallic exterior colour.
There are also historic looking motor sports decals for the doors and front lid complete the package, such as the Porsche crests, and the gold-coloured logos and historic “PORSCHE” lettering on the sides of the vehicle.
Want to buy one? The Porsche 911 Speedster’s price starts from RM 2.7 million.
Want to see one? The new 911 Speedster will be on display, exclusively at Porsche Centre Sungai Besi for a limited time, from 13 June 2020 onwards. To maintain social distancing, showroom visits are encouraged to be by appointment basis.
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche in Malaysia, will be unveiling the new Porsche 911 Speedster via a scheduled online broadcast tomorrow, at 8pm.
The unveiling is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 2 June at 8 pm on Porsche Malaysia’s Facebook and Instagram channels, as well as its dealer website platforms.
Underpinned by the chassis of the GT3 and the body shell of the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, the Speedster is powered by the same 4.0-litre naturally aspirated Flat-6 engine as the GT3, kicking out 500 PS.
Paired to the engine is most probably a 6-speed manual transmission and titanium exhaust system which are claimed to be 4 kg lighter than the 7-speed manual transmission found on the standard 991 models.
The 911 Speedster also features the signature “hump” shaped double bubble roof cover along with a shorter windshield frame, side window glass and the analogue roof folding mechanism retaining the “Talbot” wing mirrors and the central fuel cap from the 911 Speedster concept unveiled earlier at the Goodwood Festival of Speed harking back to its use on the 356 Speedster.
Other highlights include a leather interior with perforated seats, red tinted daytime running lights, carbon fibre fenders, engine cover, as well as hood and stone guards.
Limited to just 1,948 units in honour of the year in which the old 356 “Number 1” was made, the final production version of the Speedster was unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
That being said, watch this space for more details on the 911 Speedster tomorrow.