Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has just introduced the new range-topping performance models in the 718 family – the new 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder which are priced from RM 999,000 and RM970,000 respectively.
With the addition of the two new models, Porsche’s 718 range in Malaysia now comprises four models – the 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman, 718 Spyder, and the 718 Cayman GT4.
While the 718 Cayman GT4 features a newly designed single-chamber arch rear silencer which creates space in the rear section for a functional diffuser, a fixed rear wing, and a large front spoiler lip, all of which contribute to 20% more downforce than the outgoing model, the 718 Spyder comes with new honeycomb air intake grilles that have been designed to increase airflow by reducing obstructions, a front spoiler lip with recessed ‘Spyder’ lettering, and a golf-ball like profiled surface below the front end to guarantee a constantly low drag coefficient.
Unlike the GT4, the 718 Spyder possesses a distinctive rear spoiler that automatically extends at speeds in excess of 120km/h which helps to reduce lift for more driving stability.
Thanks to the functional diffuser, it is the first model in the Boxster family to generate aerodynamic downforce at the rear axle. Both models get 20-inch wheels as well.
Sharing a technical base for the first time, both models feature the same 420 hp four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine as the 911 Carrera model series, which is paired to a rev-matching 6-speed manual gearbox.
With a maximum torque of 420 Nm at between 5,000 and 6,800 rpm, the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 can accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds from a standing start, with top speeds that break the 300km/h barrier.
For the first time ever, the new 718 Spyder makes its debut with the same high-performance GT chassis as the 718 Cayman GT4. Delivering particularly agile handling and good driving stability even at high speeds, the chassis provides the ideal foundation for maximum performance and pure driving pleasure.
Further complementing the powertrain package are features like the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping system with sports, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock, an optional Clubsport package, and the optional Spyder Classic interior package.