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Launch of the new Porsche 911 GT3 in Malaysia

Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia officially launched the new 911 GT3 on 15 August 2014 at Sepang International Circuit.

Launch of the new Porsche 911 GT3 in Malaysia

The fifth generation 911 GT3 was unveiled by Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race drivers Earl Bamber and Alif Hamdan in conjunction with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 8 and 9. 

The 911 GT3 is a roadworthy race car developed to offer powerful sporty driving dynamism and an even more refined and emotional everyday driving experience. It features a completely redesigned drive system and chassis that has been systematically developed for even better performance, precision and transverse dynamics. Additionally for the first time, Porsche is using active rear-wheel steering. Depending on the speed, the system steers in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in improved agility and stability. 

Arnt Bayer said, “Motorsports has always been in the DNA of Porsche and every Porsche has a race car at its heart. Since 1963, the 911 has been the icon of the Porsche brand and it represents all that Porsche stands for, exhilarating high-performance driving brought to life in roadworthy cars for everyday enjoyment. The new 911 GT3 delivers those very qualities at an even higher level than before, making it possible for owners to enjoy the race car driving experience everyday on the city roads.”

Launch of the new Porsche 911 GT3 in Malaysia

The Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK), which originates from Porsche racing also, makes a comeback on the racetrack. The new 911 GT3 has the fastest and most powerful PDK that Porsche uses for a production vehicle. The PDK was specially developed with characteristics that are directly based on a sequential gearbox from motor racing, thereby providing further performance and dynamics advantages to the driver. 

Base price for the new 911 GT3 starts from RM 1,230,000.00.

Porsche Macan Previewed in Malaysia. Official Launch in Q4 2014

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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) previewed the new Porsche Macan (SUV) last week at Porsche Centre Damansara. The Macan will be officially launched later this year in around Q4 2014. Porsche Macan is a smaller sibling to the Porsche Cayenne and it is marketed as the “first sportscar in the compact SUV segment”. 

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The Macan will be coming into our Malaysian market in 4 variants :- Porsche Macan, Porsche Macan S, Porsche Macan S Diesel and the top ranging Porsche Macan Turbo.

The entry-level Porsche Macan is powered by a 2.0Litre in-line four cylinder turbocharged engine. It produces 237hp and able to achieve 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 223 km/h. Fuel consumption of the Macan is 7.2 litres per 100km, making it among the most efficient compact SUV in its class.

One level up the Macan would be the Macan S and Macan S diesel. Macan S comes with a 3.0Litre V6 biturbo engine which does 340hp, 0-100 in just 5.4 seconds and a record of 254km/h top speed. While the Macan S diesel comes with a 3.0Litre V6 single turbo diesel engine. Produces 245hp, does 0-100km/h in 6.3seconds and 230km/h top speed. Fuel consumption for both variants are just 6.3 and 6.1 litres per 100km. 

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 The top ranging and ultimate Macan would be the Macan Turbo. The Macan Turbo is powered by a 3.6litre V6 biturbo engine. It does 400hp, 0-100km/h in just 4.8seconds. Top speed? Massive 266km/h.  All variants come with a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox and all-wheel-drive.

No official pricing released just yet. Estimated price for the all 4 variants would be around RM460k for the Macan, RM550k for the Macan S, RM560k for the Macan S Diesel, and RM785k for the Macan Turbo. 

 The Macan Turbo will be making an appearance at Bangsar Shopping Centre from May 21st to 25th, 2014 for an opportunity to the Malaysian public to have a closer look at Porsche’s fifth model range. The Macan model range is now available for bookings at Porsche Centre Damansara and Porsche Centre Glenmarie.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia set for First Class season as lid lifted on 2014 field

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia revs up ahead of its 12th season as the leading light in regional sportscar competition, the First Class international field from 10 countries and territories was unveiled today, just prior to the official test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Twenty-eight of the stunning, all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will contest the prestigious 11-race, seven-meeting calendar. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 460 horsepower, 10 more than previously, and the six-speed sequential gearbox is operated by pneumatic paddle shift system, yet another first for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

2014 PCCA Drivers

World premiere of the New Porsche 911 Targa @ NAIAS

At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Porsche is presenting the latest generation of the extravagant 911 model to the public. This model is the first to combine the classic Targa concept with state-of-the-art roof technology. Just like the legendary original Targa model, the new model features the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window with no C-pillar.

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But unlike the classic models, the roof segment on the new Targa can be opened and closed at the push of a button. When the button is actuated, the fully automatic roof system stows the convertible top behind the rear seat system, providing a real spectacle. The rear-weighted design of the PTM all-wheel drive fitted as standard is a typical Porsche feature, and guarantees that this latest 911 model also offers optimum driving dynamics on all road surfaces and in all weather conditions.

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With these features, the new 911 Targa is presenting itself as a high-quality, innovative remake of the classic vehicle from 1965. The model shares a great deal in common with the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet models; up to the window line, the technology and body of the vehicles is more or less the same. The combination of the wide rear end that is typical of all-wheel drive models, the Targa bar and the dome-shaped rear window gives the latest 911 an extremely sporty appearance and a low-slung profile. 

As with the predecessor model, the new Targa generation comes in two versions available exclusively with all-wheel drive. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 350 hp (257 kW) flat engine. Equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, this model accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 282 km/h. Its NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 9.5 and 8.7 litres/100 km, depending on transmission, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 223 and 204 g/km. The top model is the 911 Targa 4S, which delivers 400 hp (294 kW) from a displacement of 3.8 litres.

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This model reaches a top speed of 296 km/h and, with the PDK and Sport Chrono package fitted, accelerates in 4.4 seconds. Its fuel consumption fluctuates between 10.0 and 9.2 litres per 100 km, depending on transmission, which corresponds to a CO2 level of between 237 and 214 g/km. With these figures, the model is on a par with the high standard set by the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet models in terms of engine and road performance, as well as efficiency. Both sports cars are certified for compliance with the Euro 6 emissions standard. 

The new 911 Targa model is scheduled to be launched in Malaysia Q3 2014.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche Debuts New Compact SUV “Macan”

Porsche is expanding its range by adding a compact SUV into Porsche’s class of vehicle. The Macan is the first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment.

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The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the outset: maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What’s more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability. The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is also immediately recognisable in the design. The Sports Utility Vehicle is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics.

Many of the design elements have been taken from other Porsche sportscars and enhanced for the Macan, making it clear to see from the very first glance that the Porsche Macan heralds the first sportscar in the compact SUV segment. The Macan is “Made in Germany”, produced at the Leipzig plant. Porsche has invested 500 million euro in the plant and has established an entire production line there. The line is set up to produce around 50,000 vehicles per year – all manufactured with the utmost precision and to the highest level of quality. Just what you would expect from Porsche.

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Three models comprise the Macan product range at market launch. Namely, Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo.

The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340bhp (250kW) and also features an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. This all-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models. A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required and almost without any interruption in tractive force, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). The vehicle reaches a top speed of 254 km/h, and its NEDC* fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 212 and 204 g/km.

The Macan S Diesel is the economical long-distance runner of the three Macan models. Its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine achieves NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 6.3 and 6.1 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 value of between 164 and 159 g/km. Nevertheless, the Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km in 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted) thanks to its 258bhp (190kW) engine, and achieves a top speed of 230 km/h.

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As the top model in the Macan model line, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, achieves an unrivalled 400bhp (294kW) and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, it is even possible to achieve such a speed in 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 266 km/h, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9 litres/100 km, which equates to a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.

The “Macan” name comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. And the Macan really does live up to its name: powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain. The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive – known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – has produced one of the world’s most powerful drive systems. In launching the Macan, Porsche now offers sporty all-wheel-drive vehicles across an unprecedented range.

Macan S Diesel

A glance at the performance specifications reveals that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. Further unmistakable hallmarks of the vehicle include its proportions, design and the mixed tyres on large wheels. The engines, drive systems and seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) bring the vehicle’s characteristics to bear in dynamic and efficient fashion both on and off road, making for a true Porsche driving experience. The driver and passenger seats feature the low position typical of sports cars. 

The range of equipment fitted on the Macan as standard is extensive, and includes the all-wheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, large wheels, high-performance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate. The list of optional special equipment offers further highlights, such as the air suspension system, which the Macan features as the only vehicle in its segment. There is also the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, which has been specially tailored to the Macan. This system distributes varying levels of drive torque to the rear wheels and works in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock. The list of Porsche options includes the much sought-after dynamic high beam forming part of the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), which continuously adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Porsche Macan