Porsche 718 Cayman Makes Malaysian DebutPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 23 March 2017
In conjunction with the grand opening of Porsche Centre Penang, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has pulled off the veil on the new 718 Cayman for the Malaysian market. Essentially a 718 Boxster with a fixed roof, the mid-engined sports car features a new turbocharged engine, redesigned styling as well as an upgraded chassis and driving assist system.
At the front, the new Cayman can be distinguished from its air intakes that are now more prominent and aligned to give the car a wider and lower appearance. The daytime running lights (DRLs) that are positioned near the air intakes on the previous model have been replaced with turn indicators. The DRLs are now integrated with the bi-xenon headlights.
There are large intakes finished in black on the side of the car too, indicating the forced-induction characteristics of the new car.
The tail lights are now in clear glass, featuring four-point brake lights. They are connected by a high-gloss black accent strip with the ‘PORSCHE’ letterings written across it. The retractable rear wing is now lower in profile, emphasising the horizontal width of the car. It extends at 120kph to improve the car’s stability and road holding.
The first thing of note in the Cayman’s driving cockpit is the new steering wheel; a smaller, sports unit derived from the 918 Spyder Hypercar. It is fitted with Porsche’s Sport Response Button that enables the driver to configure the car’s settings as well as unleashing full performance via a push of a button.
The instrument cluster features three-round instruments, including the rev counter in the middle and a 4.6-inch colour screen that displays various driving information.
The centre console is typical Porsche, ascending towards the rear. It is dominated by Porsche’s latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and a PDK gear knob that is positioned to improve driver’s focus on the drive.
The boxer engine in the new Cayman loses two-cylinders – now a flat-four – and shrunk to a 2.0-litre, similar to the Boxster. But at 300hp and 380Nm of torque, the output is now 25hp and 90Nm higher than the previous model due to its turbocharger. The more powerful 2.5-litre Cayman S on the other hand, produces 350hp (25hp more than the previous generation) and 420Nm of torque (50 NM more than before).
Both engines are paired to a PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox. With the Sport Chrono Package, the Cayman accelerates from nought to 100kph in 4.7 seconds while the Cayman S takes 0.5 seconds quicker to complete the same run.
The new Cayman can be equipped with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system which lowers the ride height by 10mm.The 20-inch wheels are available in a few different designs and can be wrapped with either a set of Pirelli P Zero or Goodyear Eagle F1 rubbers.
To aid in driving the sports car, the Adaptive Cruise Control now has a coasting function which basically alters the clutch engagement according to driving situations. The optional cruise control system can also apply the brakes moderately when the car exceeds the pre-set speed.
Another optional feature is the lane change assist that monitors the traffic behind with radar and uses LED lamps in the left and right wing mirrors to warn of approaching vehicles in the driver’s blind spots.
Retail price for the new Cayman and Cayman S start at RM530,000 and RM700,000 respectively. All Porsche cars sold by SDAP are subjected to a four-year warranty and free maintenance package.
For more information, visit www.porsche.com.my.