Just slightly over a year since making its international debut, Sime Darby Auto Performance has now brought the pure Porsche driving experience into Malaysia with the launch of the all-new 718 Cayman GT4 today alongside the 718 Spyder.
Unlike the Cayman GT4 of old, powering the all-new 718 Cayman GT4 is four litres of naturally-aspirated goodness in the hallmark flat-six configuration, derived from the 911 Carrera family, paired to a six-speed manual transmission to preserve the pure driving experience.
- Engine: 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated horizontally-opposed flat-six
- Transmission: Six-speed manual
- Drivetrain: Mid engine, rear-wheel drive
- Max horsepower: 420 hp at 7,600 RPM
- Max torque: 420Nm at 5,000-6,800 RPM
- top-speed: 304 km/h
The GT4 is equipped with the high-performance GT chassis, consisting of lighweight spring-strut front and rear axles – a technology inherited from motorsports, as well as adjustable ride height, camber, toe angle, and anti-roll bars.
The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is also standard here with the sports setup and 30 mm suspensions, bringing the centre of gravity of the 718 Cayman GT4 significantly closer to the ground, thus improving lateral body dynamics.
The cornering ability of the GT4 is further helped by the Porsche Torque Vectoring system with a mechanical rear differential lock, paired to specially-developed ultra high performance (UHP) tyres developed by Michelin and Dunlop to ensure optimum grip.
As for stopping power, the GT4 is equipped with large aluminium monobloc fixed calliper brakes, which Porsche says is suitable for track driving thanks to its ventilated and perforated design for optimum cooling. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is also available as options.
As a track performance-oriented sports car, Porsche has put in significant work on the aerodynamics of the new Cayman GT4, claiming to produce 50% more downforce without adversely affecting the overall drag of the car.
These improvements include a new GT style front section with a a large front spoiler lip and air curtains, as well as a single-chamber arch rear silencer area, forming a functional diffuser which accounts for 30% of the downforce at the rear axle.
The fixed rear wing at the back has also redesigned for a better efficiency, and now produces approximately 20% more downforce compared to its predecessor – equivalent to an extra 12 kg of downforce at 200 km/h.
Other exterior highlights include:
- New honeycomb air intake grilles
- Fixed one-piece rear wing with side plates and aluminium wing supports
- 20-inch wheels
- Side blades with recessed GT4 lettering
- Dark-tinted front lights
- twin black tailpipes
As standard, the all-new 718 Cayman GT4 also comes equipped with the sports exhaust system, allowing you to enjoy the true naturally-aspirated boxer sound at maximum volume with a single press of a button.
Inside, the GT4 still maintains the overall cabin design of the 718 family. Notable interior highlights include a GT Steering wheel, black interior package with brushed aluminium trims and decorative contrast stitching, as well as the “motorsports-inspired” fabric pull loops door handles.
For the track day fans, the GT4 can also be optioned with a Clubsport package, which include a rear steel roll bar, hand-held fire extinguisher, and a six-point harness for the driver.
The all-new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is now available in Malaysia starting at RM999,000.00 a pop. But as is usual for a Porsche, a myriad of options are available for selection. For that, more information can be found on the Porsche dealers’ website here.