Porsche has lined up no less than three new sportscars for the Indian market over the next six months. The 911 Targa, the Cayman GTS and the Boxster GTS are the three Porsche sportscars that the German marque has queued up for launches in quick succession. The cars will come in through the completely built unit route and will be sold and serviced through Porsche India’s dealership network.
Porsche 911 Targa
As its name suggests, the 911 Targa is the open-top alternate of the legendary Porsche 911 sportscar. Designed to offer a wind-in-the-hair motoring experience, the targa top Porsche 911 gets an automatically retracting roof. In its 2015 iteration, the car is available in two variants.
The 911 Targa 4 – with 4 symbolizing Porsche’s all wheel drive layout – features a 3.4 liter flat six, naturally aspirated petrol motor that outputs 350 Bhp of peak power and 390 Nm of peak torque. A seven speed manual gearbox is standard. A 0-100 Kph run of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 282 Kph are claimed performance figures of the 911 Targa 4.
A more powerful, 911 Targa 4S model uses a 3.8 liter flat six petrol engine with 400 Bhp-440 Nm outputs. The car uses a 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox that powers all four wheels. Top speed is rated at 296 Kph with the 0-100 Kph acceleration sprint dispatched in just 4.4 seconds.
Porsche Cayman GTS
The Cayman GTS is a hotter version of Porsche’s entry level sportscar range, the Cayman series. The car uses the same 3.4 liter flat six petrol engine that is found on the 911 Targa 4, albeit with lower power and torque outputs of 340 Bhp and 380 Nm. 6 speed manual and 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmissions are on offer with this engine.
The Cayman GTS (with GTS being the acronym for Gran Turismo Sport) is the most powerful Cayman ever. Top speed is rated at 285 Kph while the 0-100 Kph acceleration timing is achieved in 4.7 seconds. The Cayman GTS features a mid engine-rear wheel drive layout and the Sport Chrono package now comes as standard fare in the car.
Porsche Boxster GTS
The Boxster is Porsche’s most recognizable convertible and the car’s GTS version represents the fastest that the Boxster has even gone in its near-two decade existence in the German sportscar maker’s line up. The mid engined, two seat convertible uses the 3.4 liter flat six petrol engine in 330 Bhp-370 Nm state of tune.
6 speed manual and 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes are offered on the rear wheel driven car. The Boxster is rated to hit a top speed of 281 Kph with the 0-100 Kph sprint is dispatched in 4.7 seconds. Like the Cayman GTS, the Boxster GTS gets the Sport Chrono package as standard fare. The 2015 model year Boxster GTS also benefits from revised suspension.
Owned by the Volkswagen group, Porsche has just launched the Macan sports crossover in India. A couple of years ago, Porsche terminated its agreement with its former Indian distributor, Precision Motors, to handle the marketing and distribution functions on its own. Ever since, Porsche has established 8 dealerships in as many locations across the country, and is said to provide better after sales support with the new set up.