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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Distinguishing features of the Taycan within its model family include aerodynamically optimised 19-inch Taycan Aero wheels and black anodised brake callipers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you happen to own a vehicle from a brand under Sime Darby Motors Malaysia, and it is no longer under warranty, finding genuine parts a competitive price will no longer be an issue. Here’s why…
Sime Darby Motors Malaysia (SDM Malaysia) has teamed up with SpareXhub, in its ongoing efforts to further digitalize the customer experience to offer vehicle owners an additional avenue to purchase genuine automotive spare parts at highly competitive prices.
“This collaboration is a good example of how we consistently innovate and leverage on technology partners to enhance the customer journey, especially in the face of the current pandemic limiting in-person experience.
It is also in line with our digital transformation plan to have end-to-end digital solutions by allowing contactless orders, payment and delivery, for an improved customer experience.
Car owners, especially those without manufacturers’ warranties, can now have peace of mind when purchasing genuine spare parts from SpareXhub in a market that is flooded with original equipment manufacturer (OEM), aftermarket and used parts,” said Managing Director of SDM Malaysia’s Retail and Distribution arm, Jeffrey Gan.
“The digital transformation in the automotive industry is certainly opening up new opportunities for us. This collaboration will not only expand our digital outreach to customers with selected post warranty models, it will also cater to stockists and independent workshops who register on the online store at www.sparexhub.com,” he added.
The collaboration with SpareXhub, a genuine spare parts e-commerce platform owned by ACS Pentas (Asia) Sdn Bhd gives customers the ability to source, order and purchase original automotive spare parts of their preferred brands via a one-stop contactless platform from the comfort of their home or office, and at unbeatable prices.
Besides the benefit to customers, SDM Malaysia stands to gain operational efficiency by freeing up warehouse space and better management of parts inventory by increasing stock turnover and reducing obsolescence.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sime Darby Auto Selection, a corporate multi-brand used car dealer under Sime Darby Motors recently launched its online used car store aimed at providing customers with a seamless used car buying experience.
Sime Darby Auto Selection’s online store enables customers to search from a wide range of high quality used cars – from used to nearly new vehicles.
Sime Darby Auto Selection has up to 300 used cars of multiple brands available for viewing, and they are not limited to Sime Darby Motors’ stable of franchise brands. Every used car undergoes a thorough inspection process to ensure it is in the best possible condition and quality.
The website comes with user-friendly features that enable scheduling of car inspections and appraisal appointments, service appointment and test drive bookings, as well as the latest promotions and events.
The website will debut a “Spin Car” feature which offers customers 360° interior and exterior view of vehicles, allowing customers to explore every detail of the vehicle they are interested in, from all angles.
The online store promises more features for customers convenience including loan calculators and booking transactions to enable placement of orders at any time, any day, without the hassle of visiting a dealership, in the near future.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.