Sime Darby Auto Performance, the authorised distributor of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia, has introduced the new Porsche Taycan GTS.
Priced from RM708,000 with Premium Package as standard, the Taycan GTS which will be available from Q2 2022, is positioned above the Taycan 4S and below the Taycan Turbo variants as the sporty all-rounder of the model range.
With a range of up to 504 km, the new Porsche Taycan GTS is also the first Taycan variant to break the 500-km mark.
Producing a maximum output of 598 PS, the Porsche Taycan GTS is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h within 3.7 seconds, and achieving a top speed of 250 km/h.
Adaptive air suspension, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), is specifically adapted to the Taycan GTS to elevate lateral dynamics.
The set-up of the optional rear-axle steering is also even sportier. The richer sound pattern of the modified Porsche Electric Sport Sound underscores the character of the new GTS model.
On the exterior, there are numerous Black or dark details such as the front apron, the bases of the exterior mirrors, and the side window trims – as is traditional on a GTS.
Meanwhile, numerous Black Race-Tex features in the interior underscore the elegant, dynamic ambience, as does the standard brushed aluminium interior package with Black anodised finish.
A panoramic roof with Sunshine Control is available as a new optional extra for the Taycan GTS, where an electrically switchable liquid crystal film can change the roof from clear to matte at the touch of a button, protecting occupants from glare, without detracting the bright ambience of the interior.
The roof is divided into nine segments that can be switched individually – a world first in the automotive sector. In addition to the Clear and Matte settings, Semi and Bold can also be selected. These are predefined patterns with narrow or wide segments.
Alongside the launch of the new Taycan GTS, Porsche Malaysia also announced a raft of updates for the Taycan models.
The Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo models now come with a Premium Package available as standard, offering enhanced specifications such as an on-board AC-charger with 22 kW, Mobile Charger Connect, Charging cable (mode 3), Home Energy Manager, Advanced Climate Control (4-Zone), electrically-folding exterior mirrors, passenger display and ParkAssist with surround view for enhanced overall driving comfort and pleasure.
That being said, the new pricing for the 2022 Taycan models are as mentioned below:
Taycan: From RM508,000
Taycan 4S: From RM595,000
Taycan Turbo: From RM793,000
Taycan Turbo S: From RM934,000
Taycan Cross Turismo: RM555,000
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo: RM617,000
Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo: RM798,000
*All prices include SST exemption.
On a separate note, Shell and Porsche Asia Pacific launched the first cross-border 180 kW high-performance charging site with two charging points in Tangkak, Johor.
By Q1 2022, five more sites and 10 more charging points will go live at Shell stations located strategically along Malaysia’s North-South highway, establishing the first high-performance charging network in the country.
Porsche owners will receive exclusive benefits in both Malaysia and Singapore like preferential charging rates and benefits under the Platinum membership, savings up to 50% on all charging sessions,10% cashback on all charging sessions at Shell Recharge AC stations and the ability to reserve charging bays for up to 60 minutes.
The high-performance charging network will also be further developed into Thailand by 2023.
With home charging solutions augmented, Porsche Destination Charging locations in development, and high performance en-route charging now established in partnership with Shell, Porsche completes a suite of solutions addressing the broad mobility needs of electric vehicles.
Porsche just sold 301,915 vehicles worldwide in 2021, which is an increase of 11 per cent compared to 2020.
Every single global sales region contributed, with the largest increases recorded on the American continent. China continues to be the largest single market for Porsche.
“Despite the challenges posed by the semi-conductor shortage and the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic we have been working hard to enable more customers than ever before to fulfil their dream of owning a Porsche,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.
“Demand remains high and our order books are looking very robust, so we start 2022 full of momentum and confidence in all regions of the world.”
The models with the highest demand in 2021 were again the brand’s SUVs, led by the Macan. 88,362 customers became Macan owners. The Cayenne followed in second place with 83,071 vehicles.
The all-electric Porsche Taycan saw an outstanding increase of 41,296 units, which is more than double the number of deliveries compared to the previous year.
The sports car icon, the 911, was also handed over to more customers than ever before with 38,464 deliveries. The Panamera saw 30,220 deliveries. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman were delivered to 20,502 customers.
Porsche also increased its deliveries in all sales regions worldwide. It is said that growth was especially strong in the USA, where 22 per cent more vehicles were delivered than in the previous year.
In total, 70,025 U.S. customers bought a model from the extensive product range. Across the Americas, Porsche made 84,657 deliveries, also representing an increase of 22 per cent.
China remains the largest single market for the sports car manufacturer and recorded an excellent overall result in 2021 with an increase of eight per cent over an already record year of 2020.
In total, 95,671 vehicles were delivered to Chinese customers despite the challenges posed by supply bottlenecks. Overall, there were 131,098 deliveries in the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East region, which is eight per cent more than in 2020.
Porsche Asia Pacific – which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in the diverse and exciting Asia Pacific region – contributed to the global sales growth with a record-breaking 51 per cent sales jump compared to 2020.
The Taycan was the second-best selling model for Porsche in Asia Pacific, accounting for one in every five cars sold in the region. Battery electric and hybrid-electric models further accounted for 45 per cent of total Porsche sales in Asia Pacific , surging ahead of the world-wide average thanks to flourishing interest in electromobility and electrified Porsche models.
Demand has also risen in the home market of Germany with 28,565 vehicles delivered, representing an increase of nine per cent. In total, 86,160 vehicles were handed over to customers in Europe – seven per cent more than in 2020.
Porsche also mentioned that around 40 per cent of Porsche vehicles delivered in Europe in 2021 were electric (either plug-in hybrids or all-electric cars).
“The overall result is very promising and shows the strategy to further electrify our fleet is working and is in line with demand and the preferences of our customers. At the same time, unit sales are not the decisive factor for us. Rather, we want to stand for exclusive and unique customer experiences and will continue to expand these worldwide,” says Detlev von Platen.
Sime Darby Auto Performance has introduced the all-new third generation Porsche Macan in Malaysia. There will be three variants with prices as mentioned below:
Porsche Macan – RM433,154
Porsche Macan S -RM623,593
Porsche Macan GTS – RM786,232
*All three variants come with 2 years warranty and 2 years free maintenance.
Powering the all-new Macan is a redeveloped 2.0 litre inline four-cylinder turbo engine delivering 265 PS and a maximum torque of 400 Nm, which is an increase of 13 PS and 30 Nm compared to the previous generation.
The more powerful Macan S on the other hand comes with a new 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine that produces 380 PS (26 PS more than before), which propels the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, onto a top speed of up to 259 km/h.
Last but not least, the flagship Macan GTS comes with a more powerful version of the 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine which delivers 440 PS – an increase of 60 PS than before. Thanks to the more powerful engine, the Macan GTS completes the century sprint in 4.3 seconds when fitted with the Sport Chrono package and reaches a top speed of 272 km/h.
All engines are coupled to a seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system.
On the exterior, all variants feature an enhanced design with new 3D structural elements and dynamic side blades for a sporty look. Highlights include redesigned bumpers and new, larger 19-inch wheels which make the Macan look sportier than before.
At the back, a striking diffuser in a particularly technical design increases the car’s sportiness when viewed from the rear. LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and Sport Design exterior mirrors are now standard on all models.
A total of 14 colours are available for the all-new Macan range, including the new colours Papaya Metallic and Gentian Blue Metallic; Python Green exclusively for the Macan GTS.
Inside, the all-new Macan features selected equipment from the 911 Carrera, as well as a futuristic centre console with a high-quality glass look, packed with intuitive touch-sensitive surfaces to elevate day-to-day practicality.
Its new operating concept, which makes use of touch surfaces instead of tactile buttons, brings a clear and futuristic structure to the cockpit. A new, shorter selector lever sits in the centre of the clearly organized control module.
The analogue clock at the top of the dashboard is now also standard equipment. The all-new Macan continues to offer many online functions and services as standard. These can be controlled via the 10.9-inch full HD touch display of the Porsche Communication Management or by means of voice commands.
The all-new Macan also inherits the new multifunction and GT Sport steering wheels from the 911.
The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) now also comes as standard available in the Premium Package, actively and continuously regulating the damping force for each individual wheel and adapted specifically for this model.
Last but not least, the all-new Macan and Macan S come equipped with a Premium Package as standard, with additional comfort and luxury features such as 14-way electric comfort seats with memory package, Power Steering Plus, Park Assist including reversing camera and surround view, automatic dimming interior and exterior mirrors, and Bose Surround Sound System to increase overall driving pleasure.
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the sole distributor of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia has announced that it is providing support for Porsche customers who were affected by the recent floods.
The assistance provided includes complimentary towing service to the nearest Porsche Centre, alongside 30% discount on parts and labour costs when they schedule an appointment for service from now until 31st January 2022.
“We are committed to our customers by offering a thorough and detailed check of their vehicle as well as discounts on parts and labour costs to ensure all Porsche cars run at optimal performance. With this gesture, we hope to provide some consolation during these trying times,” said Christopher Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance.
Sime Darby Auto Performance also announced that Porsche customers will be entitled to a thorough and detailed assessment along with personalised consultation with certified specialists to evaluate the damages and repairs required for vehicles that were affected by the floods.
Only Porsche Genuine Parts are used in all repairs which include a two-year parts warranty. Porsche Roadside Assistance is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide towing and roadside assistance.
Porsche has unveiled arguably the most insane version of the Cayman ever – the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS.
The new flagship model in the 718 family is powered by the same 4.0-litre NA flat-six engine as the 911 GT3 which produces 500 PS and 450 Nm of torque. Like every modern RS model, the new 718 GT4 RS is exclusively available with the Porsche dual clutch transmission (PDK).
Weighing 1,415 kg, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 315 km/h.
Compared to the 718 Cayman GT4, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS has an extra 80 PS, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 2.83 kg/PS. Maximum torque has been increased from 430 to 450 Nm.
On the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it outperforms its sibling, the 718 Cayman GT4, by more than 23 seconds.
Among the striking features of the new, top-of-the-range 718 are the process air intakes behind the driver and passenger windows. The 718 Cayman normally has small side windows here.
In typical RS style, lightweight construction is a defining element of the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS design, resulting in an overall weight that is 35 kg less than a PDK-equipped 718 GT4.
The new fixed rear wing, its swan-neck attachment and aluminium wing supports, are a distinctive element of the exterior design. This highly efficient wing principle is derived from the Porsche 911 RSR GT racing car and was first adopted in a Porsche series production car with the 911 GT3.
In combination with the 30-millimetre-lower ride height compared to the 718 Cayman, the vents on the front wheel arches, the underbody panelling with connected rear diffuser, the multi-adjustable front diffuser, and the new front spoiler lip with flow-around side blades, generate 25 per cent more downforce than the GT4.
Modifications to the chassis also contribute to its greater performance. Ball joints bind the chassis tightly to the body to deliver even more precise and direct handling. The adjustable, circuit-ready chassis has an RS-specific shock absorber set-up, as well as modified spring and anti-roll bar rates.
The titanium tailpipes look similar to the exhaust system on the Porsche 935. The fitted roll cage at the rear is also made of titanium. The upper section of the dashboard is upholstered in Race-Tex material and a large Porsche logo is integrated into the rear window.
All of these enhancements compared to the 718 Cayman GT4 make the GT4 RS the most uncompromising and sharpest member of the 718 family.
With first deliveries estimated to begin by March 2022, the price of the Porsche Cayenne CKD will start from RM550,000, which is RM115,000 cheaper than the outgoing fully imported Cayenne.
Standard design highlights now include LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), LED taillights, a choice of three metallic paint colours with high-gloss black contrast accents and sporty 21-inch RS Spyder design wheels.
Inside, new standard features include a BOSE Surround Sound System, two choices of leather upholstery colour-ways, four-zone climate control, 14-way adjustable comfort seats with memory function and electric roll-up sun blinds for the rear windows.
Driver assistance systems are also enhanced with convenient technology features like Comfort Access, a Porsche Communication Management system with full HD 12-inch displays and Park Assist with front, rear as well as surround views.
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and other intelligent Porsche Connect services are also featured as standard.
These upgrades combine with other features like Porsche Advanced Cockpit, multifunction sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles, and a centre console with Direct Touch Control.
Customers can also opt for the first-ever (optional) Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur Package, which includes a Sport Design Package that enhances the car’s appearance with a unique front apron, more pronounced wheel arch extensions, and darker-tinted headlights and taillights.
Performance is also enhanced with a sports exhaust system featuring unique sport tailpipes and double-tube tailpipe trim for a more commanding presence.
On request, a Carbon interior package can further be applied, changing the finishes on selected areas of the dashboard and door panel to carbon fibre to create a premium yet sporty ambience. 22-inch rims are also optionally available.
Besides personalising their sports car with the optional Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur Package, or with an impressive range of individual Porsche Tequipment items, customers will also be able to configure and order a special Porsche Design watch.
To mark the debut of this first-ever digital ordering platform for Porsche customers in Malaysia, the brand is offering a Porsche Driver’s Selection voucher worth RM 911 for the first 50 orders placed online.
On a separate note, the brand will further expand its presence in Malaysia, complementing its facilities in Kuala Lumpur and Penang with a fourth dealership in Johor Bahru, which will open by mid-2022.
This expanded retail network perfectly complements the recently announced High-Performance Charging network in partnership with Shell, scheduled to be completed within the same time frame to enable seamless electrified long-distance commuting between Malaysia and Singapore. A further extension of the corridor up to Thailand is planned by 2023.
The Taycan Cross Turismo all-electric sports car is Porsche’s first Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV), featuring innovative 800-volt technology for fast charging, convincing range and impressive spaciousness, complementing the existing Taycan family perfectly with its versatility.
Compared to the regular Taycan, the Cross Turismo offers 47 millimetres more headroom for rear-seat passengers, with more than 1,200 litres of load capacity (with rear seatbacks folded down).
The high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension is standard across the Cross Turismo model range, providing 20 mm higher ground clearance, as compared to its Taycan saloon counterpart.
With the optional Offroad Design package, ground clearance is increased by up to 30 mm. This means that the Cross Turismo can be driven on challenging off-road terrain, especially with the new “Gravel” mode exclusive to the Cross Turismo.
This new feature manages torque distribution through traction-optimised shifting and other chassis settings, increasing the suitability of the Cross Turismo for poor-quality roads.
Off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. As part of the optional Off-road Design package, the Cross Turismo has special flaps at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior as well as providing protection from stone impacts.
Aimed at those who want a Taycan with an added touch of practicality and ruggedness, pricing for the new Taycan Cross Turismo variants in Malaysia is as mentioned below:
Taycan 4 Cross Turismo – from RM 645,209
Taycan 4S Cross Turismo – from RM 728,727
Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo – from RM 968,928
The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is fitted as standard across the Cross Turismo model range.
In terms of performance, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo which produces up to 476 PS is capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds while hitting a top speed 220 km/h. The variant is capable of covering a range of 437 km per full charge.
Moving up the ladder, the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with a maximum output of 571 PS does the century sprint in 4.1 seconds, hits a top speed 240 km/h, and comes with a driving range of 436 km.
Last but not least, the range-topping Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo with a maximum output of 680 PS accelerates from naught to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, hits a top speed 250 km/h, and covers 425 km with a fully charged battery.
That being said, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be available for viewing at Porsche Centres nationwide in the coming weeks.
Porsche recently announced the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific, a new e-sports event organised by Porsche Asia Pacific together with Porsche Japan, Porsche Korea, and Porsche Taiwan.
With this latest simulation racing tournament, Porsche is building on the success of e-sports events such as the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup in 2020, the Porsche SimRacing Trophy and Porsche E-sports Supercup, making the sports car manufacturer one of the forerunning automobile brands to engage in e-sports racing.
Gran Turismo Sport in PS4
The Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will be played in Gran Turismo Sport, a game designed for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console.
The e-sports tournament is open to participants from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and New Zealand, who will collect points across five qualifying rounds, each of which will comprise two competition slots.
Competitors who make it through to the five spots in the semifinals will meet the top racers from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – each sending their best five.
The top 10 competitors who win the semifinals will then battle it out at the finals and the winner will receive the grand prize of an all-expenses paid Porsche weekend in Tokyo, including a visit to the Porsche Experience Centre Tokyo and many more Porsche moments.
The qualifying races will be held at the most famous racing circuits around the globe, including the Circuit de la Sarthe from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is where Porsche has won a record 19 titles.
And then we have the Fuji Speedway, where World Endurance Championship (WEC) races have been held, the Mount Panorama Circuit of the Bathurst 24 Hour race, and the Goodwood Motor Circuit, the location of the most famous classic car event in the world.
Different cars will be used for each race, including the 919 Hybrid and 962 C for Le Mans, along with the 356 A, a famous model from the motor sports scene of the 1950s, meaning that drivers will need a wide range of skills to emerge victorious.
How to participate
In the Gran Turismo Sport game, select [Sport Mode] and choose the event titled “Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific”.
There are no restrictions on manufacturer agreements. Reception begins 15 minutes before the entry deadline. The top five players from Porsche Asia Pacific (according to their scores) will go on to compete against the top five players from Porsche Japan, Porsche Korea and Porsche Taiwan.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older. See terms and conditions on the official website above for more information.
The finals for the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will take place in Mid-December 2021 (exact date to be announced on the official website).
Porsche is presenting its vision of what customer motorsports will look like in the future with the Porsche Mission R. The show car celebrated its world premiere at the ongoing IAA Mobility expo in Munich.
The two newly developed electric motors incorporated in the Porsche Mission R deliver up to 1,088 PS in so-called qualifying mode. The battery capacity of around 80 kWh and the innovative recuperation system make sprint racing possible with no loss of output.
AWD, 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds
The all-wheel drive car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of over 300 km/h.
On the race track, the electric racer achieves the same lap time performance as the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Thanks to newly designed electric motors and battery cells – all equipped with innovative direct oil cooling – the Porsche Mission R concept study produces a constant power output of 680 PS in race mode.
An electric motor with up to 435 PS powers the front axle, while a maximum of 653 PS is delivered to the rear.
15 minutes to charge 80%
Thanks to advanced 900-volt technology and Porsche Turbo Charging, a good 15-minute break from racing is all that is needed to charge the battery from 5 to 80 per cent SoC (state of charge).
Charging can take place with up to 340 kW. The Mission R also features a further development of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) with Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the nose section and rear wing.
It comprises three louvres in each of the two side air intakes on the nose section as well as an adjustable, two-section rear wing.
In addition to the battery-electric drive concept, the body of the concept car also focuses on CO2 reduction and sustainability: it is largely made of natural fibre reinforced plastic (NFRP), the basic material of which is made from flax fibres obtained from farming.
This ecological material is also used for the front spoiler lip, the diffuser and the side skirts. NFRP is used extensively in the interior of the Mission R, such as the interior door panels, the rear bulkhead and the seat.
The interior design focuses on the driver in all areas. An ergonomically placed display between the controls on the steering wheel shows relevant data during the race.
The monitor above the steering column shows the images from the side mirror cameras and the central rear-view mirror camera.
A touch display to the right of the seat can be used to call up the driver’s biometric data, for instance. Numerous other cameras in the interior can be used to provide exciting sequences for a live stream transmission.
With the Mission R project, Porsche is bringing real and virtual racing closer together than ever before. The monocoque driver’s module in exactly the same form also doubles as an esports simulator.
At 4,326 mm in length, the Porsche Mission R is slightly shorter than the current 718 Cayman series, but it is noticeably wider at 1,990 mm and with an external height of 1,190 mm is also significantly lower.
Sime Darby Berhad today announced that it will partner Porsche AG to assemble sports cars exclusively for the Malaysian market. This also means that the price could see a drop.
Sime Darby’s motor vehicle production and assembly facility will be the first assembly plant of the German sports car manufacturer outside of Europe, with production scheduled to begin in 2022.
Sime Darby Motors
Sime Darby Motors, one of the leading automotive groups in Asia Pacific, has been a partner of choice for Porsche in Malaysia for the last 11 years, representing Porsche as its exclusive distributor and retailer for the sports car brand.
“This partnership with Porsche marks a coming of age of our relationship with the brand. To be entrusted to assemble cars for one of the world’s most admired sports car brands speaks volumes of the highly qualified and competent Malaysian talent we have at Sime Darby and our ability to provide meaningful value to our partners,” Sime Darby Berhad Group Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Jeffri Salim Davidson said.
“The assembly portfolio is a key element in our growth strategy, and we are pleased to extend our relationship with Porsche from retail and distribution to include assembly,” he added.
CKD models will arrive in 2022
“Malaysia and the whole ASEAN is a region of great potential and we look forward to the first locally assembled models reaching our Malaysian customers next year,” said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.
“As Porsche is moving into a new era of mobility, Malaysia and the ASEAN region are gaining an increasing importance. This step now is part of a long-standing initiative to keep pace with rapidly evolving customer and market demands.”
“Every Porsche assembled by Sime Darby will go through the same rigorous standards and processes as its European counterparts. Quality will be a shared key commitment between Porsche AG and Sime Darby to all our customers, in assembling Porsche vehicles. We will continue our close engagement with Porsche AG to ensure that we meet the Porsche standard every step of the way,” Dato’ Jeffri said.
Sime Darby’s vehicle production and assembly facility is today a partner of choice for some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated automotive brands.
While a highly skilled Malaysian workforce drives Sime Darby’s assembly operations, which delivered 17,141 high-value units in FY2021, Sime Darby also partners with local vendors to provide seamless supply and production support. With this collaboration, Sime Darby has been able to play a role in helping to develop and promote local vendors and to boost the local economy.