(File pix) The Porsche cars on the main straight at SIC. Courtesy Photo

PORSCHE held its inaugural Sportscar Together Day, featuring full-blown race cars, everyday sports cars, Porsche heritage showcases and a host of family activities, at the Sepang International Circuit recently.

The more than 2,000 visitors, apart from celebrating the Sportscar Together Day, got the chance to take a closer look at Porsche’s 70-year heritage.

The Fascination Porsche room allowed enthusiasts to learn about the brand’s historical milestones and what would be in store for the carmaker in the future.

There was also a display featuring all eight generations of the 911, the current Porsche models lineup, the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, the 919 Hybrid Lemans racers and a 1:3 scale model of the Mission E.

Of course, the main agenda of the day was to celebrate the spirit of driving the sports cars. With that, Porsche enthusiasts witnessed the setting of the new record for the largest Porsche gathering, which saw the participation of 320 Porsche cars.

The cars celebrated the achievement with a parade lap around the circuit.

(File pix) The Porsche cars lined up at Sepang International circuit. Courtesy Photo

Sime Darby Auto Performance (Sime Auto) chief executive officer Christopher Hunter said: “Celebrating the first ‘Sportscar Together Day’ in Malaysia is a momentous occasion for us. We are thrilled to be able to share the experience of driving a Porsche with more people than ever before, or even for new enthusiasts to start their journey with Porsche with the introduction of our new 360 Leasing programme.

“The program is another initiative in our continuous effort to offer customers alternative mobility solutions, without being weighed down by the financing commitment or the resale value of their vehicle,” he said.

In conjunction with the Sportscar Together Day, Sime Auto announced the arrival of the new Macan S to the Malaysia market.

The sport utility vehicle (SUV) is the more powerful iteration of the facelifted Macan launched recently, and features a 3.0-litre Twin Scroll Turbo V6 engine that produces 354hp.

Paired to a seven-speed PDK gearbox, it allows the Macan S to complete century sprint in 5.1 seconds.

The SUV receives a more responsive handling characteristics and lightweight suspension.

It is retailed at RM625,000 with the Premium Package, which includes eight additional high value options.

As part of Porsche Experience activities, Sime Auto also invited media guests to go for a lap at the Sepang Circuit in the 2019 Porsche 911 (992).

Two 911 Carrera Ss and one 911 Carrera 4S were provided and this writer got to take a spin in the latter.

The dashboard was very modern with advanced features but built with classic 911 in mind.

The flat horizontal panels across the cockpit and the analogue rev-counter with silver needle paid homage to the first-generation 911.

(File pix) Children having a go on a miniature “Sepang circuit”. Courtesy Photo

As soon as we exited the paddock into Turn 1, we could feel how early the power comes in the rev range, accompanied by the familiar flat-six howls.

The new eight-speed PDK transmission allowed for super-quick up- and down-shifts, very similar to the seven-speeder in the previous 991-generation 911.

And at near the limit like in Turn 5 through Turn 6 for instance, the all-wheel drive Carrera 4S felt like a two-wheel car most of the time, with torque management between the two axles delivering an easily-managed handling behaviour.

And on the exits, the 4S simply gave exceptional traction out of corners, even when the steering wheel was yet to be fully straightened.

Also noticeable was how responsive the engine was. It behaved and sounded very much like a naturally-aspirated unit.

It was just that the power bump came earlier in the rev range, as mentioned.

From the short drive, 992-generation Carrera 4S showed that it has amplified the capability of a 911 but at the same time, beautifully-retained the favoured 911 traits.