Lat­est su­per­car Car­rera ar­rives and will be here for ‘some time’

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PORSCHE’S lat­est su­per­car, the all-wheel-drive 911 Car­rera 4 GTS has ar­rived.

It is based on the out­go­ing Car­rera, not the new one be­ing launched next week at the Frank­furt mo­tor show.

How­ever, Porsche GB says the 4 GTS as seen here will be with us for “some time” be­fore mov­ing on to the new chas­sis. Its ba­sis is the rear­wheel-drive GTS, us­ing the same 402bhp tune 3.8 en­gine. At £83,145 for the coupe and £90,024 for the cabri­o­let it costs nearly £5,000 more than the rear-drive GTS, which is 60kg lighter and slightly bet­ter on mpg and CO2 emis­sions and two mph faster.

Porsche quotes the same 0-62mph time of 4.6 sec­onds for the coupe with the man­ual gear­box and a max of 188mph for the 4 GTS. It has Porsche’s trac­tion man­age­ment which im­proves agility, trac­tion and sta­bil­ity in more ex­treme driv­ing by sup­ply­ing the front wheels with op­ti­mum torque. It also gains a lim­ited slip rear dif­fer­en­tial as stan­dard, which com­ple­ments the elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled 4x4 tech­nol­ogy. It has the GTS wider rear track and body – a re­flec­tive stripe be­tween the back lights is be­spoke to the 4 GTS. Daily run­ning costs are not too fright­en­ing if you ac­tu­ally take ad­van­tage of its de­lights – not too much, though, with UK speed lim­its. Porsche quotes 18mpg ur­ban, 37.2mpg ex­tra ur­ban, and 26.9mpg av­er­aged, with 247g/km of CO2. Sam­ple ex­tras fit­ted to the demo car were ce­ramic brakes at £5,463; body-coloured di­als (£401), nav­i­ga­tion (£1,311). Add £2,300 or so for Porsche’s twin clutch PDK au­to­matic gears, which im­prove the ac­cel­er­a­tion, mpg and CO2 fig­ures.

Porsche’s con­trol­ling par­ent, Volk­swa­gen, has its lat­est-look Tiguan on the streets. In 2008 this was the com­pany’s en­try into the com­pact SUV sec­tor, mined for decades by Toy­ota with the RAV4 and Suzuki with the Grand Vi­tara.

It is VW’s num­ber four seller in Bri­tain af­ter Golf, Polo and Pas­sat. New Tiguan op­tions in­clude key­less en­try and ig­ni­tion, lane as­sist and auto lights and the Golf GTI’s elec­tronic diff lock. There is a choice of a “road” chin or a steeper off-road chin with two-litre diesel mo­tor only. Prices: from £21,085.

EYE­CATCH­ING: The Porsche 4 GTS in Speed Yel­low, main pic­ture, cost as seen here £95,541. Above, the Volk­swa­gen Tiguan – with the on­road chin. There is the op­tion of a steeper off-road chin.

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