Sime Darby Auto Performance unveils the new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS

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Kuala Lumpur (3 July 2015) Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia, launched the new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS on 3rd July 2015, at the newly opened Porsche Centre Sungai Besi in the heart of the city centre.

First premiered at the Auto China in Beijing last year, the new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS are testament of Porsche’s emphasis on building authentic sport cars that deliver both race track performance and everyday usability. In its latest generation, the new range topping Porsche two-seaters adopt the legendary GTS principle, signalling top-end dynamics with the typical Porsche spread of efficiency, undiminished ride comfort and exclusive features fitted as standard. More importantly, like the other Porsche GTS models, the new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS not only set a sporty benchmark in their segment, but also evoke a strong emotional appeal.

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At Porsche, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and has cultivated outstanding performance ever since it was first introduced on the 904 Carrera GTS in 1963. Today, the GTS principle has become the emblem for racetrack performance and incredible sportiness on everyday drives. It is only logical for it to eventually adorn another mid-engine sports car, this time the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.

“The GTS concept has already been implemented in the 911, Cayenne and Panamera. And now the very same concept adorns the new Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS, both lightweight mid-engined sports cars, making it possible for customers to enjoy superior race track performance with uncompromising everyday utility and comfort,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP.

The base price for the new Boxster GTS starts from RM 660,000 and the new Cayman GTS from RM 700,000 which includes a 4-year factory warranty and a 4-year complimentary service maintenance package. The prices stated include all applicable duties but excludes registration fee, road tax and insurance. Specifications and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Terms and conditions apply.

 

About the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS

A duo of the strongest and fastest mid-engine sports cars by Porsche is making its way to the starting line: the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS are the new sporty benchmarks in their segment with power-boosted engines and an excellent PASM chassis.

In the new GTS models, Porsche is implementing the two most powerful engines that have ever been used in a production Boxster or Cayman. Both are sports car engines that combine ample torque with high power output at higher revs. They deliver what the GTS insignia promises: a high level of spontaneity cultivated high-revving responsiveness up to the limit of 7,800 rpm and a harmonious power curve over the entire engine speed range.

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The flat six-cylinder engines of the new top models are based on the 3.4-litre engines of the Boxster S and Cayman S. They deliver 15 hp (11 kW) more power due to fine tuning, including optimised management of the combustion process by variable control of the intake camshaft to provide valve timing adjustment (VarioCam Plus). This means that the Boxster GTS now has an output of 330 hp (243 kW), while the Cayman GTS delivers 340 hp (250 kW). Nominal torque has also been increased by ten Newton metres and is available in the range from 4,500 rpm to 5,800 rpm for the Boxster GTS and from 4,750 rpm to 5,800 rpm for the Cayman GTS – ideal for powerful gear transitions during acceleration. This boost in performance drives the weight-to-power ratio of the Cayman GTS below the four kilograms per hp (3.95 kg/hp) barrier; the Boxster GTS is also close to this barrier with 4.08 kg/hp.

Both mid-engine sports cars are equipped with the Sport Chrono package as standard. The results: in conjunction with the Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and active Sport Plus button, the Boxster GTS sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, and the Cayman GTS is one-tenth of a second faster.

As for the maximum speed – measured with the standard manual six-speed transmission – this new roadster is the first Boxster to top the 280 km/h mark, reaching a speed of 281 km/h. The sports coupé is even faster at 285 km/h. The new mid-engine two-seaters from Porsche attain a combined fuel consumption value of 8.2 l/100 km with PDK.

 

Standard: Sport Chrono package with dynamic transmission mounts

The Sport Chrono package, which is included as standard, is part of the systematic approach to optimising dynamic performance in the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. It extends the already broad spread of the two-seat cars between sporty tuning – e.g. for a circuit course – and driving comfort for everyday use. To achieve these goals, the package also includes dynamic transmission mounts. They alter stiffness and damping according to the specific driving situation. With a hard setting of the mounts, for example, rear body roll is minimised when steering into a bend and in a quick series of corners. Its effects are similar to that in racing cars, in which the engine is rigidly mounted to the body with bolts, resulting in more stable and precise handling.

When the Sport Plus button is activated, the standard PASM chassis becomes stiffer and the sport exhaust system is dethrottled. An automatic throttle blip function is implemented when downshifting with the manual transmission. It matches engine revs to the lower gear even better during fast shifting, so that the driver can optimally use engine power or engine braking.

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Upgraded sport exhaust system as standard

Another standard GTS component is the sport exhaust system that has been optimally tuned for the GTS. It now offers an even greater range between cultivated sound attenuation, on the one hand, and emotional sound with reduced back pressure on the other. The driver can activate the sport exhaust system via a switch or via the Sport Plus button on the centre console. The engine management system then controls the switching flaps according to the driving situation. The dual black-finished tailpipes on the two GTS models are the identifying exterior feature of the sport exhaust system.

 

Chassis delivers superior handling

The driving dynamics of the GTS models are exceptional. The interplay of the mid-engine concept and chassis tuning aims to position both the sports coupé and the roadster at the top within their respective classes. A crucial component here is the standard PASM adaptive damping control system with a suspension that is 10 mm lower. The optimally controlled damping improves grip and provides greater driving stability, more comfort, enhanced performance and shorter braking distances.

The driver can select between the two modes “Normal“ and “Sport“ by the PASM button on the centre console. When the Sport Plus button of the Sport Chrono package is pressed, the PASM “Sport“ mode is activated which stiffens the dampers. With PASM, the chassis is 10 mm lower, which also contributes to enhanced dynamic performance, particularly when cornering thanks to a lowered centre of gravity. The excellent driving characteristics are rounded off by large 20-inch wheels, which are continually monitored by the standard tyre pressure monitoring system during driving.

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More traction, better vehicle dynamics in bends: Porsche Torque Vectoring

Building upon the capabilities of the PASM suspension, the dynamic potential of the GTS two-seaters can be further tapped by the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system. PTV is intelligent interaction of the rear differential lock with selective braking interventions at individual wheels, which is a supplemental function of the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system. Essentially, PTV improves the vehicle’s steering response, steering precision and agility by targeted brake interventions at the rear wheel located at the inside of a bend.

The braking torque is activated as soon as the steering wheel is turned. The results: Increased performance in bends as soon as a turn is initiated. When the vehicle accelerates out of the bend, the rear differential lock significantly improves traction potential. The mechanical rear differential lock included in PTV has, as in the previous model, an asymmetrical locking action of 22 percent in traction and 27 percent under power.

 

Typical GTS: independent appearance, high-end features

A Porsche of the GTS category is always easy to identify. The new GTS cars continue the line of the Panamera GTS and Cayenne GTS with individual traits. The most prominent formal difference is the entirely new front-end with modified spoiler lip. The new nose is responsible for the 30 mm longer body. It highlights the extended lines of the two-seater even more. The three larger, black air inlets are also striking. In addition to their two side radiators, both the sports coupé and the roadster have a heat exchanger in the middle.

The dynamic look of the nose is further accentuated by smoked bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) as standard. The dynamic cornering light swivels the headlights when cornering, dependent on the steering angle and driving speed, to illuminate tight bends or when turning. Speed-dependent running light control is also integrated in the system. This adjusts the light cone and light intensity as a function of vehicle speed for better visibility. The LED daytime running lights with their black surrounds in the outer air inlets radiate a very narrow beam of light and are also smoked.

Black as the dominating contrast colour is also found on other elements of the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. For instance, the roof rails of the coupé two-seater are high-gloss black. The rear is styled with smoked tail lights, black-finish tailpipes and a black lower rear panel in diffuser look with closed fins.

The range of colours can be optionally extended: The exterior black package, reserved exclusively for the new top models provides a high-gloss black finish to all plastic components such as air inlets, mirror feet and lower rear panel, as well as the logo on the rear body. The roll-over protection bar on the Boxster is also finished off in high-gloss black.

For more information, visit Porsche Malaysia.

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