From 15th till 21st July, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia will be hosting the Porsche World Roadshow (PWRS) 2016 which is held at the Sepang International Circuit. The event is slated to attract more than 42,000 potential customers and car enthusiasts alike, and it is a long established professional driving event which provides a platform for participants for those to experience the entire Porsche model range, with more than 280 entries this year.
The PWRS offers a wide range of Porsche cars from their lineup for participants to experience in different sections. The event will feature 21 of their newest models ranging from the current 911, the new mid-engine based 718 Boxster and Boxster S models, the Panamera and even the SUV lineup from the Macan to the Cayenne variants.
Held in 45 countries all over the world with Malaysia being one of them, Malaysians can not only be able to enjoy the thrill of driving a Porsche at the renowned Sepang International Circuit, but they get the opportunity to hone their driving skills, especially when the program is led by highly professional Porsche certified instructors.
The 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S are the newest cars from Porsche to grace their stables. Sporting a mid-engine mount configuration, the two seater convertible also continues the carmaker’s synonymous tradition of incorporating four cylinder flat-four engines – with the 2017 model being a spiritual successor to the Porsche 718 models during the ’50s and ’60s, winning multiple legendary races such as the Targa Florio and Le Mans.
The flat engine is a newly developed turbocharged powerplant with a host of improvements ranging from power output, efficiency and fuel consumption, and all of these updates take the 718 Boxster and Boxster S to an all new level. The base model develops 300hp from two litres of displacement whereas the S model attains 350hp from 2.5 litres of displacement. With the Boxster S, Porsche is now the only manufacturer to offer Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) into their production cars with petrol driven engines.
The new advancements in these new engines allow the new models to sprint faster, which the Boxster now goes from zero to hundred in 4.7 seconds, shaving off 0.8 seconds compared to the previous iteration. The Boxster completes the same regulatory test at 4.2 seconds, with the previous Boxster S model needing an additional 0.6 seconds to complete the same test. Top speed wise, the Boxster and Boxster S records a maximum speed of 275km/h and 285 km/h, respectively.
Porsche’s new era of turbocharged engines not only bring more performance into the field, but also improves fuel economy. Under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the base Boxster with PDK has a fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100km, citing an improvement of 1.0 l/100km from its previous generation. Similarly, the sportier Boxster S achieves a paltry 7.3 l /100km, with 0.9l /100km lesser.
Design-wise, the 718 Boxster is as distinctive as ever. The front end possesses a much more sculptural form, with a wider and more masculine appearance. Larger air intakes also located at the front express a dramatic shift of the new turbocharged engine, whereas the new design from its bi-xenon headlights with integrated daytime running lights complement the entire arrangement. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are also available as an option.
The sides and the rear have been completely redesigned, with several identifying features including independently styled wings and sills, with larger inlet panels to emphasize its dynamics. The tail lights are distinguished with Porsche’s three-dimensional LED technology with four point brake lights, with an accent strip joining the two sections bearing the brand name. As a result, the tail end has a impressionable wide look which many would find appealing.
A range of 21 models will be available this year, full line-up below:
911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4S, 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo S
Boxster / Cayman
718 Boxster 2.0, 718 Boxster S, Cayman GTS
Panamera S E-Hybrid, Panamera GTS, Panamera Turbo S
Cayenne S, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S
Macan, Macan S, Macan GTS