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