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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has officially introduced the new Porsche Cayman and Cayman S in Malaysia. The third-generation 981 arrives here six months after its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Lower (by 10 mm, or 11 mm in the case of the S) and longer (by 33 mm) than its predecessor, it’s also stiffer and lighter, the mid-engined two-seater being the third model from Porsche – after the 911 Carrera and Boxster – to feature innovative lightweight body design. A standard Cayman S weighs 30 kg less than the previous-gen form.

The Cayman wears a 2.7 litre flat six-cylinder engine, with 275 hp at 7,400 rpm and 290 Nm at 4,500 to 6,500 rpm for output numbers. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 264 km/h, with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission in tow.

As for the Cayman S, the 3.4 litre flat six engine provides 325 hp at 7,400 rpm and 370 Nm at 4,500 to 5,800 rpm. Equipped with the Sports Chrono Package, in conjunction with PDK, it takes 4.7 seconds to get to 100 km/h from standstill, all the way to a top speed of 281 km/h.

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In Malaysia, standard options for the Cayman models are tire pressure monitoring, bi-Xenon headlights including Porsche Dynamic Lighting system (PDLS), Park Assist for front and rear, Power Steering Plus as well as the Sound Package Plus, which offers nine loudspeakers and 235 watts of total system output.

The Cayman S comes with a Sport Chrono Package Plus, which now also includes the dynamic transmission mount. In combination with the standard option PDK, this offers the “Launch Control” function and motorsport-derived shift strategy.

Optional kit includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a specially-developed Burmester high-end surround sound system with 12 speakers and a 12-channel, 821 watt amplifier.

Base pricing for the Porsche Cayman starts from RM500,000, while that for the Cayman S is from RM610,000. The cars come with a four-year factory warranty and a four-year complimentary service maintenance package.