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RE­NAULT MEGANE RS / Not-a-lick-of-ra­tio­nal-sense per­fec­tion!

- Cars · Porsche Automobil Holding SE · Germany · Porsche Boxster · CarPlay

avail­abil­ity of Porsche’s bril­liant dual-clutch PDK sys­tem. Per­haps to my dis­ad­van­tage, I have be­come so ac­cus­tomed to South African-specced Porsches be­ing avail­able with the PDK sys­tem as stan­dard, that the ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing a man­ual shift­ing GT4 was al­most bizarre. The last time I had pi­loted any hand-wrung Porsche was at the launch of the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion Boxster/ Cay­man in Ger­many in 2014, and to my mind, at least, I pre­ferred the pre­ci­sion of the PDK ‘box. A tech­ni­cally bril­liant ma­chine such as the GT4 de­serves the quick-think­ing hard­ware that PDK brings to the party.

For this rea­son, the man­ual GT4’s light­in­gre­flexes be­came al­most un­com­fort­able when hus­tling through more spir­ited cor­ners, and what should have been an ex­er­cise in driv­ing pre­ci­sion, with an in­stant bond be­ing cre­ated be­tween car and driver, some­times de­scended into a man­ual gear frenzy. While I wouldn’t de­scribe this as detri­men­tal to my ex­pe­ri­ence of the car – the GT4 sets a tremen­dously high bench­mark for the Porsche brand – I would per­son­ally choose the safety, and metic­u­lous­ness of the world’s best dual-clutch sys­tem.

ALL CLASS IN­TE­RIOR

For a near-R1.8 mil­lion car, the in­te­rior doesn’t of­fer much in the way of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, but it does pro­vide a classy Al­can­tara suede-cov­ered co­coon that is wor­thy of the Porsche name.

The bucket seats are the high­light of the show, and al­low a per­fect bal­ance be­tween com­fort and pur­pose.

A 7” touch­screen runs the older ver­sion of Porsche’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­age­ment soft­ware with Ap­ple CarPlay in­cluded. There aren’t any ad­vanced driver-as­sis­tance sys­tems to speak of, ei­ther, but that cer­tainly is not why any­one buys a GT4.

LAST WORD

Any­one who cov­ets a GT4 does so for one rea­son only – pure driv­ing en­joy­ment – and the new GT4 de­liv­ers that in spades. There are cheaper al­ter­na­tives, and more ex­pen­sive ones, but none will de­liver the magic of the GT4. At least, prob­a­bly not for some time to come.

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