Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has just introduced the new range-topping performance models in the 718 family – the new 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder.
Prices are as mentioned below:
- Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 – From RM999,000
- Porsche 718 Spyder – From RM970,000
Sharing a technical base for the first time, both models feature a completely redesigned 420 hp four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine based on the same turbo engine family in the 911 Carrera model series. Complementing the powerful engine is the dynamic rev-matching function of the six-speed manual transmission.
Thanks to the powertrain package, both models now have a significant increase in power compared to their predecessors – 35hp and 45hp more for the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder respectively.
With a maximum torque of 420 Nm at between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm, the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 can accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds from a standing start, with top speeds that break the 300km/h barrier.
New additions include technical highlights such as adaptive cylinder control. In part-load operation, it temporarily interrupts the injection process in one of the two cylinder banks, thus reducing fuel consumption.
On the exterior, the 718 Cayman GT4 features a newly designed single-chamber arch rear silencer which creates space in the rear section for a functional diffuser, a fixed rear wing, and a large front spoiler lip, all of which contribute to 20% more downforce than the outgoing model.
The 718 Spyder on the other hand, comes with new honeycomb air intake grilles that have been designed to increase airflow by reducing obstructions, a front spoiler lip with recessed ‘Spyder’ lettering, and a golf-ball like profiled surface below the front end to guarantee a constantly low drag coefficient.
Unlike the GT4, the 718 Spyder possesses a distinctive rear spoiler that automatically extends at speeds in excess of 120km/h which helps to reduce lift for more driving stability. Thanks to the functional diffuser, it is the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle. Both models get 20-inch wheels as well.
For the first time ever, the new 718 Spyder makes its debut with the same high-performance GT chassis as the 718 Cayman GT4. Delivering particularly agile handling and good driving stability even at high speeds, the chassis provides the ideal foundation for maximum performance and pure driving pleasure.
The height, camber, toe angle and the anti-roll bars of the chassis for the 718 Cayman GT4 can be adjusted to the demands of each individual race track.
And then we have the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping system with sports setup and 30 mm suspension as standard which brings the centre of gravity of these models significantly closer to the ground and improves lateral dynamics potential.
The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) operates with even greater sensitivity and precision here but can optionally also be deactivated in two steps for deliberately sporty handling. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock further enhances the longitudinal and lateral dynamics, cornering performance and driving pleasure.
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The 718 Cayman GT4 can also be equipped with the optional Clubsport package. With its components derived from professional motorsport, the Clubsport package provides additional protection on the racetrack. This includes a rear steel roll bar, a hand-held fire extinguisher and a six-point seatbelt on the driver’s side.
The optional Spyder Classic interior package lends an extravagant look to the interior while also being reminiscent of historic racing cars. The two-tone leather interior in Bordeaux Red/Black gives an especially unique and high quality look and feel to the entire interior of the 718 Spyder.