The Indian automotive sector is nowadays seeing the highest growth that has ever been recorded in the history of the nation. As the purchasing power of Indian citizens steadily increase, a significant number of them are looking to the sportscar segment.
Porsche is one of those car makers that realised this and entered the Indian car market at an early stage with several models. Today, the company has launched new versions of two of their vehicles: the 718 Boxster, priced at INR 85.53 lakhs and the 718 Cayman, priced at INR 81.63 lakhs (all prices are ex-showroom figures). This is also the first time that India sees the Boxster being priced above the Cayman and, as a side note, these cars now slot into a lower duty bracket due to the smaller displacement of their engines. Both the Boxster and Cayman have been on sale in India for quite a while but, these new versions are different in many ways.
For starters, both these cars have ditched their old 3.0 litre, 6 cylinder engines and gone instead for the new generation 2.0 litre, flat-four cylinder, turbocharged petrol engines. This engine sends 296 bhp (up by 25 bhp in the Cayman and 35 bhp in the Boxster) and 380 Nm of torque to the wheels via a 7 speed, double clutch, PDK automatic gearbox. Along with the steering gubbins taken from the 911 and new underpinnings, Porsche has also performed some magic on the suspension setup of these cars to make the handling even more agile.
If you slap on the Sport Chrono pack, 100 kph from rest will come up in just 4.7 seconds and the speedo needle will top out at 275 kph. On the inside, you get a very well appointed interior where form follows function at every turn. Features like the Porsche infotainment system are standard but there are several optional extras that you could buy, including full-LED headlights. With these new models on sale in India now, Porsche now provides Indian driving enthusiasts (with fairly deep pockets!) a couple of fantastic driving machines. As a side note, Porsche is getting ready to launch the new Panamera in India soon as well.