Porsche Malaysia, during their fourth Porsche Driving Experience event held at Sepang International Circuit earlier this month, leapt at the opportunity to sneak in a preview of the upcoming Cayman GTS, as well as its drop-top sibling, the Boxster GTS.
Both models sit above their respecting Boxster S and Cayman S variants and share the same 3.4-litre flat-six engine, paired to a seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox. Naturally, both engines are tuned to produce higher outputs compared to the S variant, but that’s just the start.
|Name||Porsche Boxster GTS||Porsche Cayman GTS|
3,436cc; naturally aspirated flat-six
7-speed PDK dual clutch auto
|Max Power||330 hp @ 6,700 rpm||340 hp @ 7,400 rpm|
|Max Torque||370 Nm @ 4,500 – 5,800 rpm||380 Nm @ 4,750 – 5,800 rpm|
|0 – 100 km/h||5.0 seconds||4.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||279 km/h||283 km/h|
The Cayman GTS has just 15 hp and 10 Nm of torque more than the Cayman S, but changes to making the potent rear-wheel drive sports car are more than meets the eye. It is 24mm longer in overall length (wheelbase the same at 2,475mm) and is lower by 11mm at 1,284mm. Also new here are parts like the sports exhaust, active suspension management and Sports Chrono as standard, including launch control.
Over in the Boxster GTS, the changes are largely the same. You also get the same 15 hp and 10 Nm performance bump, as well as active suspension management and sports exhaust. Both models get a slightly different interior with better (or sportier) materials and new sets of wheels.
Sime Darby Auto Performance, the official importer of Porsche cars in Malaysia have hinted that both models will be making its way here this Friday the 3rd of July. Like all other new Porsche models, the Cayman and Boxster GTS will also come with a 4-year warranty and 4-year complimentary service maintenance package, as well as the opportunity to take part in the exclusive Porsche Driving Experience.
Usually held at Sepang Circuit, the Porsche Driving Experience provides new and existing owners the venue to not just put their paces round the track, but more importantly to train them on the right ways to react during an emergency on the road while enhancing their overall driving skill. Speaking of killing two birds with one stone. Each participant will be mentored by Porsche Carrera Cup drivers and official Porsche instructors. Some of the courses will test drivers on their braking, emergency lane changing, skid pads, slalom and – you guessed it, full track driving.
Here’s what you can expect to learn at Porsche Driving Experience:
1. Braking – You learn to apply effective braking and make full use of the ABS system while steering the vehicle into the direction of safety.
2. Lane Change – Practice high-speed manoeuvrability through a series of gates. Here you will learn to control the vehicle’s load change in high speed emergency situations, putting your visual and hand-foot coordination to the test.
3. Slalom – Participants will have their cornering, braking and acceleration skills tested by overcoming a challenging slalom course (we did this in a Panamera S). Also, drivers will be able to experience Porsche’s Active Suspension Management.
4. Skid – Learn to handle and control oversteer and understeer on a wet surface. This is an essential skill required to regain complete control of the car in the event of an emergency on public roads.
5. Track Driving – This is why you get a Porsche, to drive it on the track. Towards the end of Porsche Driving Experience, participants will be treated to a track session where they get the chance to implement all learnings from the aforementioned exercises. This is done in a safe and controlled environment, of course.
If the Cayman GTS isn’t feral enough for you, SDAP also hinted at the Cayman GT4‘s arrival, one that has a 385 hp 3.8-litre flat six engine! Meanwhile, click here to read on the launch of their RM16 million Sungai Besi flagship showroom with a complete lineup of their current offerings, including the on-display 918 Spyder.
Stay tuned for the latest updates on the Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS.
2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
2015 Porsche Boxster GTS