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More power, increased torque, reworked design
More power, increased torque, reworked design

Porsche India launches the new
718 Cayman and 718 Boxster

Thesynergyonline Automobile Bureau


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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 15 :
Merging tradition with visionary technology, Porsche's new mid-engine sports cars, the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster were launched by Porsche India at an exclusive event in New Delhi. Utilising a custom-built track, the two-seater sports cars delighted guests with a driving display that showcased the performance capabilities of both models.

 

Comprising of a coupé and roadster, the new 718 series pays homage to victorious Porsche race cars of the past, such as the 718 RSK, which took numerous race wins in the 1950s and 1960s. The mid-engine models now continue the tradition of small, powerful, turbocharged four-cylinder flat engines in combination with the latest technology innovations.

 

Speaking at the launch event, Pavan Shetty, Director Porsche India, commented: The re-launched Cayman and Boxster are the sportiest of all time. It is remarkable how Porsche engineers have evolved the 718 concept to produce such outstanding increases in power and torque from the newly designed four-cylinder engine, whilst managing substantial improvements in efficiency. We anticipate that the introduction of both models will be well received by our customers and enthusiasts in India, especially with the Cayman now representing the entry model into Porsche."

Basic retail prices ex showroom Delhi :
Rs 8,163,000
Rs 8,553,000
The new Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models are now available in India.
The 718 models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. PDK is available as an option, which also improves fuel efficiency thanks to an auto start/stop function shutting off the engine while the car is still coasting. The four-cylinder turbo engine when combined with PDK achieves moderate fuel consumption of 6.9 l/100 km, a 13 percent improvement on the previous generation.
 
 

Also speaking during the event, Deesch Papke, CEO of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, said: "The new 718 Cayman and Boxster are great examples of Porsche's ability to produce segment leading, mid-engine sports cars. Both models offer customers an option of a sporty coupé or cabriolet and have an abundance of performance features that ensure driving pleasure."

Technically and visually, the 718 coupé and roadster are moving closer together. For the first time, Porsche's mid-engine models now deliver the same performance, producing 300 hp from two litres of displacement and a maximum torque of 380 Newton metres. When equipped with Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and Sport Chrono Package, both the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman shift from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and have a top speed of 275 km/h.

The 718 models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. PDK is available as an option, which also improves fuel efficiency thanks to an auto start/stop function shutting off the engine while the car is still coasting. The four-cylinder turbo engine when combined with PDK achieves moderate fuel consumption of 6.9 l/100 km, a 13 percent improvement on the previous generation.

In action, the new 718 models are built for passionate and sporty driving, facilitated by a newly tuned chassis and stronger brakes. Closer to the road than ever before, the mid-engine vehicles handle precisely, tackling fast corners with ease.

Externally, the comprehensive rework of the coupé and roadster is evident, with just the boot lid, windscreen and roof structure preserved from the previous models. At a glance the revised front appears wider and more powerful with larger cooling intakes, Porsche bi-xenon headlights as well as integrated LED daytime running lights.

The reshaped rear body has a stronger presence especially due to the accent strip with integrated Porsche badge between the tail lights. The completely redesigned lights stand out thanks to their three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights.

On the inside, the cockpit features upgraded elements such as high quality leather with stitching for greater sophistication. Meanwhile, state-of-the-art technology compliments the unique driving experience of the newly designed dash panel that includes the latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM), operated by touchscreen or voice control.

In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package and derived from the 911, the new 718 models feature a switch on the steering wheel for four driving modes as well as a Sport Response button for models equipped with PDK. Inspired by motorsport, pushing this button makes the response of the engine and PDK very direct for a period of 20 seconds.

When combined, the synergy of the latest developments in the 718 models deliver outstanding results that make Porsche's latest two-seater mid-engine sports cars leaders in their respective segments. The new Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models are now available in India.

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According to World Health Organization (WHO), 13 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world are from India. Delhi tops this list with 153 micrograms of PM 2.5 per cubic meter, while PM 2.5 should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic meter. Due to air pollution, half a million premature deaths happen every year in India, and health cost of air pollution in India has been assessed at 3 per cent of its GDP.
Among the cleaner fuels, auto LPG is the most suited as it can be fitted in 2 wheelers as well. More than 26 million vehicles run on Auto LPG globally in more than 70 countries, and therefore auto LPG has become the third largest selling fuel in the world, after petrol and diesel."
Of the many advantages of Auto LPG, says the study, the most significant is its contribution to improving air quality
 

Mr Y.K.Gupta, IAC President and Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation, said, "Among the cleaner fuels, auto LPG is the most suited as it can be fitted in 2 wheelers as well. More than 26 million vehicles run on Auto LPG globally in more than 70 countries, and therefore auto LPG has become the third largest selling fuel in the world, after petrol and diesel."
 

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 19 : Does auto LPG hold the key to tackling air pollution in Indian cities? A recent study conducted by Marketing and Development Research Associates (MDRA) suggests that auto LPG is fast emerging as the alternative fuel worldwide, as it is much cheaper, cleaner and safer fuel than petrol and diesel, even better than CNG.

 

The MDRA study was commissioned by the Indian Auto LPG Coalition (IAC), which is the nodal body for the promotion of Auto LPG in India. Members of the Coalition include the oil sector PSUs, private auto LPG marketers, kit suppliers and equipment manufacturers.

 

According to World Health Organization (WHO), 13 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world are from India. Delhi tops this list with 153 micrograms of PM 2.5 per cubic meter, while PM 2.5 should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic meter. Due to air pollution, half a million premature deaths happen every year in India, and health cost of air pollution in India has been assessed at 3 per cent of its GDP.

 

Presently, India has an estimated 222 million vehicles, 80 per cent being 2-wheelers, 14 percent passenger vehicles, 3 per cent commercial and remaining 3 per cent as 3-wheelers.

 

Mr Y.K.Gupta, IAC President and Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation, said, "Among the cleaner fuels, auto LPG is the most suited as it can be fitted in 2 wheelers as well. More than 26 million vehicles run on Auto LPG globally in more than 70 countries, and therefore auto LPG has become the third largest selling fuel in the world, after petrol and diesel."

 

The study says auto LPG's operating expenses are upto 50% lower than petrol, cost of LPG vehicles (Original Equipment Manufacturer –OEM, or Retro-fit) is lower than CNG, and the investment in auto LPG infrastructure and installation time is lower than for a CNG station. Its compact & lighter fuel tanks, easy retro-fitment and easily portable, transportable & faster re-fuelling clearly make LPG a preferable fuel.

 

Auto LPG is currently available in more than 500 cities across India, including 19 outlets in Delhi. It is already the preferred fuel in south India, and fast catching up in other parts of the country.

 

The study says that one can be assured of continuous availability of Auto LPG for the Indian subcontinent at very low, compelling prices in the foreseeable future as global LPG production was growing faster than demand (10 mMT in excess; 2015).

 

Of the many advantages of Auto LPG, says the study, the most significant is its contribution to improving air quality. Auto LPG is the most effective option for converting the existing pool of petrol-fuelled cars and bikes into more environment friendly vehicles. It also provides tremendous opportunity to avoid usage of high polluting carcinogenic diesel-fuelled cars for personal and public transport. LPG has 22 per cent lower CO2 than Petrol, 96 per cent lesser NOx than diesel and 68 per cent lesser than petrol, and PM - 120 times lower emission than diesel.

 

According to Mr Rajiv Chohan, President, Aegis Logistics , "With effects of Global Warming so apparent now, moving to cleaner fuels is not a choice anymore. Auto LPG is clean, efficient, easy to handle and offers significant economic benefits."

 

Mr Suyash Gupta, Director General of IAC, said ,"The auto LPG market clocked an annual growth of more than 30 per cent at its peak in 2007-11, and then it dipped a bit due to international LPG pricing hitting record highs, whereas petrol and diesel then, were still regulated and heavily subsidized.

 

But still saw a 17 per cent growth last year in 2015. But for any unforeseen changes in the global energy trends, macro factors will continue to be supportive of Auto LPG growth in India. Global excess of LPG, primarily due to the US Shale glut has resulted in significant excess of product globally.

 

International prices of LPG have dropped from more than $1200/t to about $400/t. But for any unforeseen major global event, international prices are much expected to stay around this level, making Auto LPG probably the lowest cost, cleaner automotive fuel in the country".

 

While a number of factory-fit Auto LPG vehicles are available across the world and in India, giving a wide range of options in terms of vehicle choice, any petrol car or bike can be easily and quickly retrofit with an Auto LPG kit. Auto LPG fuel tanks are compact and lighter than CNG and can be easily integrated in the car without much loss of trunk space. It is easily portable, transportable–not dependent only on pipeline infrastructure. Refuelling time for Auto LPG is similar to other conventional (petrol & diesel) fuels unlike CNG, which takes more time (5-10 mins) to refill primarily because of the very high pressures CNG operates at.


In his inaugural address at a recently concluded industry event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi categorically highlighted the role of Auto LPG, along with biofuels as the way forward for cleaner transport fuels.

 

"The PM has rightly pointed out," said Director General of IAC, "that our country needs to realize that gaseous fuels provide an immediate solution. Electric vehicles, for India, which produces most of its electricity from coal based power plants, are not completely clean. Well-to-wheel emissions need to be considered when taking any policy decision." "Auto LPG can play a major role and offers an opportunity to address the alarming and severe air quality issues India is grappling with".

 

"India, with an estimated ALPG vehicle population of 2.2 million vehicles, is, at a minimum,1 million tonne market annually. I can say with certainty that the recent initiatives of Indian government on the subsidy administration front, particularly the direct cash transfer of subsidy and the success of 'Give It Up' campaign, will decisively change the landscape of Indian Auto LPG Industry," said Mr Suyash Gupta.

 

 

 

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