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