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Porsche Malaysia (Sime Darby Auto Performance) kicked off the first Porsche World Roadshow at the Sepang International Circuit on Friday. The Porsche World Roadshow, which is ongoing from now till 21 July, is slated to be participated by More than 280 participants across Asia.

The Porsche world roadshow is a derivative of the Stuttgart’s marque long established professional driving event, also known as the Porsche Driving Experience, that has been held in over 45 countries around the world. Attracting more than 42,000 potential customers and car enthusiasts, the world roadshow provides an ideal platform to experience the sensation of driving the complete Porsche model range.

The program is led by professional Porsche certified instructors. Under their guidance, participants are not only able to enjoy the thrill of driving a Porsche at Malaysia’s one and only Formula 1 track; they also get the opportunity to enhance their driving skills. The program includes braking, slalom, vehicle handling and an off-road experience, all in just one day.

In conjunction with the world roadshow, participants will be privileged to be among the very first to preview and experience the new mid-engine roadster, the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S, which are being showcased ahead of its official launch in Malaysia. The new 718 Boxster models are equipped with newly developed turbo flat-four engines with improved performance and considerably reduced the fuel consumption.

The Porsche world roadshow offers a wide range of Porsche models for participants to experience in different sections. These include 22 of the latest Porsche cars ranging from the latest 911 models, the new mid-engine 718 Boxster models and Cayman; and the sports car for four, the Panamera, as well as sports cars among the SUVs, the Macan and Cayenne models.

Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S

The two-seat convertibles are now more powerful yet more fuel-efficient. With them, Porsche continues the tradition of the four-cylinder flat engines that were used in the Porsche 718 mid-engine sports cars that won numerous races back in the 1950s and 1960s.

At a glance, the 718 Boxster line-up takes up a much more sculptural form at the front. The front has a wider and more masculine appearance. The much larger cooling air intakes at the front are a distinct exterior expression of the new turbo engine concept. The front end of the 718 Boxster is rounded out by the new design of the bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED DRLs. LED headlights with four-point DRLs (option). From a side view, identifying features of the new model line include new, independently styled wings and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins emphasis the car’s dynamic look. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers. At the rear, the redesigned body gives the 718 Boxster a wider stance, especially due to the accent strip with integrated Porsche badge between the tail lights. Additionally, the entirely redeveloped tail lights are distinguished by their three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights.

The centerpiece of the new model series is the newly developed four-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging. The 718 Boxster develops 220 kW (300 hp) of power from two liters of engine displacement, while the 718 Boxster S attains 257 kW (350 hp) from 2.5 litres of displacement. In the S-model, Porsche also uses a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.

The 718 Boxster, with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the 718 Boxster S with the same equipment does it in 4.2 seconds. The top speed of the 718 Boxster is 275 km/h and 718 Boxster S gets up to 285 km/h.  In the 718 Boxster, the four-cylinder flat engine with PDK has a NEDC fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100 km (1.0 l/100 km less), whereas the 718 Boxster S, the 2.5-liter turbo flat engine with PDK, consumes just 7.3 l/100 km (0.9 l/100 km less). More on the two 718 Boxsters after its official introduction…

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