Exciting news comes early for the sports car enthusiast in Indonesia as Porsche Indonesia has just launched the new 718 Cayman and the new Panamera to the public earlier this month at The Pallas, SCBD, Jakarta. Lets start with the 718 Boxster:
The 718 Cayman and the 718 Boxster is basically the same car like it has always been, the main difference is in the roof, the 718 Boxster has a soft-top roof that goes down, while the 718 Cayman has a hard-top roof that doesn't go down at all. Apart from that, the two cars share the same platform and power train, the standard models comes with a 2.0L flat-four turbo, while the 'S' models comes with a 2.5L flat-four turbo.
So really if you're deciding between the two it's just a matter of which one looks better in your eyes and do you want a convertible? As simple as that.
Meanwhile, here's the exciting stuff, the new Porsche Panamera, a luxury saloon equipped with colossal power as well as a dynamic and finely tuned chassis. It's "developed for sports car drivers who appreciate four doors and four seats. And for saloon drivers who prefer sporty handling" as Porsche puts it. We'll get to that in a bit, but here's the important news: IT LOOKS GOOD.
The problem with the old Panamera is that it looks ungainly and in no way interesting, it looked like an elephant with warts on it, so it wasn't even majestic. This new one though, it looks like the Panamera has been on a diet and went to the gym, so it's looking nice and lean.
Porsche is introducing us to the Panamera 4S, equipped with a twin-turbocharged V6 paired with a new 8-speed PDK gearbox as well as a fully-variable all-wheel drive system. While a V6 doesn't sound very interesting, the 4S is making 440 horsepower and that is exciting no matter how you put it.
The interior of the Panamera is also much nicer, with digital dials on like the ones on the 918 hypercar and a new touchscreen and touch-sensitive buttons eliminates the need for the physical buttons-fest in the old Panamera. Although personally I don't like touch screens on cars, it's still a much nicer interior compared to the old Panamera.
We haven't got any pricing details on both cars, sorry. But expect the Cayman to be somewhere in the 2,000,000,000 IDR region and the Panamera around twice that price.
Photos by: Glen Sullivan
Words by: Hafizh Pratama