News Archives - Auto Genie https://autogenie.co.uk/category/news/ Car Buying Re-Engineered Wed, 04 Jan 2023 10:55:16 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://autogenie.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/favicon-120x120.png News Archives - Auto Genie https://autogenie.co.uk/category/news/ 32 32 How Much is a Porsche Cayman GT4 RS? https://autogenie.co.uk/how-much-is-a-porsche-cayman-gt4-rs/ https://autogenie.co.uk/how-much-is-a-porsche-cayman-gt4-rs/#respond Wed, 17 Nov 2021 13:53:35 +0000 https://autogenie.co.uk/?p=4142 The post How Much is a Porsche Cayman GT4 RS? appeared first on Auto Genie.

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The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the new flagship model in the 718 family and is effectively the GT3 engine in the Cayman body – an uncompromising driver’s car designed to impress. It has a lightweight and an extremely agile chassis set-up. With its sophisticated aerodynamics and unique soundtrack the GT4 RS packs a mighty 500 PS from a high-revving mid-mounted engine and is the complete driver’s car. It is time for the term ‘driving pleasure‘ to be redefined: whether you take the GT4 RS down narrow, winding mountain roads or closed race tracks, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the King of the compact mid-engined range. On the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it outperforms its sibling, the 718 Cayman GT4, by more than a massive 23 seconds.

The naturally aspirated Porsche flat-six engine, familiar from the 911 GT3 Cup racing car and the 911 GT3 series production model, forms the centrepiece of a sports car that has been designed for maximum driving pleasure. The engine revs all the way up to 9,000 rpm. Compared to the 718 Cayman GT4, RS has an extra 80 PS resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 2.83 kg/PS. Maximum torque has been increased from 430 to 450 Nm.

Among the striking features of the RS are the air intakes fixed right behind the driver and passenger windows to replace the small side windows usually found on the standard 718. The new air intakes improve both the intake airflow and, at the same time, create a thrilling soundtrack right next to the occupants’ ears. The characteristic air intakes in front of the rear wheels have been retained and are used for engine cooling.

Porsche GT4 RS Price UK

Like every modern RS model, the new 718 GT4 RS is exclusively available with the Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK). This gearbox shifts through its seven gears at lightning speed and guarantees maximum performance. The gearshift paddles allow drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel even when changing gear manually. Alternatively, they can use the re-designed selector lever on the centre console.

The sports low-ratio PDK underpins the incredible acceleration of this mid-engined sports car. The insane GT4 RS sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds

In typical RS style, lightweight construction is a defining element of the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS design. The two-seater weighs only 1,415 kilograms, with a full fuel tank which is 35 kg less than a PDK-equipped 718 GT4. This weight reduction is achieved thanks to the use of loads of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for components such as the bonnet and front wings.

Porsche 718 GT4 RS

Lightweight carpets also save weight, as does reducing the amount of insulation material. The rear window is made of lightweight glass. Lightweight door panels with textile opening loops and nets on the storage compartments complete the quest to eliminate every superfluous gram. Highly efficient: the fixed rear wing with a swan-neck attachment.

The new fixed rear wing, its swan-neck attachment and aluminium wing supports, are a distinctive element of the exterior design. This highly efficient wing principle is derived from the Porsche 911 RSR GT racing car and was first adopted in a Porsche series production car with the 911 GT3. In combination with the 30-millimetre-lower ride height compared to the 718 Cayman, the eye-catching vents on the front wheel arches, the aerodynamically optimised underbody panelling with connected rear diffuser, the multi-adjustable front diffuser and the new front spoiler lip with flow-around side blades, in the Performance mode reserved for use on race tracks the GT4 RS generates approximately 25 percent more downforce than the GT4.

Modifications to the chassis also contribute to its greater performance. Ball joints bind the chassis tightly to the body to deliver even more precise and direct handling. The adjustable, circuit-ready chassis has an RS-specific shock absorber set-up, as well as modified spring and anti-roll bar rates.

The optional Weissach package takes the dynamic design of the GT4 RS even further. The front luggage-compartment lid, process air intakes, cooling air intakes, airbox cover, exterior mirror upper trims and rear wing are crafted from a luxurious carbon-weave finish. The titanium tailpipes look similar to the exhaust system on the Porsche 935. The fitted roll cage at the rear is also made of titanium. The upper section of the dashboard is upholstered in Race-Tex material and a large Porsche logo is integrated into the rear window.

The most uncompromising and sharpest member of the 718 family

With the Weissach package 20-inch forged magnesium wheels can be ordered at additional cost instead of the 20-inch forged aluminium wheels. All of these enhancements compared to the 718 Cayman GT4 make the GT4 RS the most uncompromising and sharpest member of the 718 family. This is particularly evident on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. During the final phase of set-up adjustments, Porsche brand ambassador Jörg Bergmeister lapped the 20.832km track in 7:09.300 minutes. The GT4 RS conquered the shorter 20.6km version, which previously served as the benchmark, in 7:04.511 minutes – 23.6 seconds faster than the 718 Cayman GT4.

The unique Porsche Design Chronograph 718 Cayman GT4 RS, created by Porsche Design exclusively for buyers of the vehicle, is as dynamic as its four-wheeled counterpart. The watch also benefits from a lightweight design concept with high-performance features based on the robust, high-tech characteristics of titanium. Its winding rotor is modelled on the sports car’s rims and can be specified in different colours, just like the car.

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. How much will the Porsche GT4 RS cost in the UK? Well, it seems as though it will cost around £33,000 more than a standard GT4 with UK prices starting at £108,350. This does not include the Weissach package which will then set you back some further wonga. The GT4 RS is due to begin deliveries in December 2021.

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Audi Buys Mclaren Group? https://autogenie.co.uk/audi-buy-mclaren-automotive/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 12:04:34 +0000 https://autogenie.co.uk/?p=4132 If reports are to be believed, it seems as though, after BMW announced that they are not interested in McLaren that German company Audi have purchased the Woking, UK based...

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If reports are to be believed, it seems as though, after BMW announced that they are not interested in McLaren that German company Audi have purchased the Woking, UK based supercar specialist.

If this is true it means that Audi have access to Formula 1 and all the latest technologies that that has to offer. This could be very, very exciting for the car industry as a whole.

Watch this space for more information as it comes in.

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Brits Queue at Filling Stations Upon Petrol Speculation https://autogenie.co.uk/brits-queue-at-filling-stations-upon-petrol-speculation/ https://autogenie.co.uk/brits-queue-at-filling-stations-upon-petrol-speculation/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 20:39:56 +0000 https://autogenie.co.uk/?p=3543 As the impact of the chronic lorry driver shortage grows, gas stations have begun rationing. The well-known BP and Esso are major hits. What is driving the gasoline supply crisis,...

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As the impact of the chronic lorry driver shortage grows, gas stations have begun rationing. The well-known BP and Esso are major hits. What is driving the gasoline supply crisis, and what are the possible solutions? The problem isn’t a shortage of gasoline, but rather a shortage of HGV drivers, which is wreaking havoc on supply lines across the country. The scarcity is exacerbated by the requirement for a separate qualification to deliver hazardous materials. Citizens are being advised not to panic-buy by the government. In addition, the transport secretary recommended people to go about their business as usual. But people continue to disregard the government. On Friday, long lines began to form at several forecourt stations.

On Thursday, BP announced that up to 100 of its forecourts were out of at least one grade of gasoline, with many being forced to close altogether due to a lack of supplies. A few of Esso’s gas stations that operated alongside Tesco Express stores were also affected, as were several of the supermarket chain’s own-branded locations, according to reports. In an effort to distribute supplies fairly, BP said it was limiting delivery to roughly 90% of its stations. With the Covid-19 epidemic and Brexit decreasing the number of available drivers, the HGV sector has been suffering from recruiting in recent months. According to the estimates, 100,000 truck drivers and around 25,000 HGV drivers from the EU departed in 2020 and never returned, and 40,000 people are waiting to take their HGV exams.

Officials from the government and the food industry were due to meet, with corporate leaders expecting action on driver shortages. After a meeting between the government and executives from numerous firms to update ministers on the severity of Britain’s supply chain issue, details of the gasoline supply interruption surfaced. Nine out of ten of BP’s gas stations will get 80% out of regular service levels under emergency measures, implying that a number of sites would not be replenished for one and a half days per week. Motorways, on the other hand, will be prioritized and replenished as usual.

For months, the freight and logistics industry has pleaded with the government to implement a temporary immigration waiver for drivers, not only in Europe but globally, to assist ease the shortfall. The government, on the other hand, has dismissed their demands, claiming that compensating and educating British truck drivers is the solution. Because of the absence of specialist facilities, driving in the UK is viewed as even less appealing than it is on the continent. Efforts are still being made, and 1,600 troops have been enlisted to drive 80 military gasoline trucks in the case of a no-deal scenario. Concerned authorities are collaborating with all partners in their distribution network to maximize supply and reduce any disruption to the British. Even with efforts to enhance HGV testing with test facilities available on weekends, Logistics UK has stated that the issue would not be resolved until spring next year.

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2021 Lotus Emira: An End To The Internal Combustion Engine Era https://autogenie.co.uk/2021-lotus-emira-an-end-to-the-internal-combustion-engine-era/ Thu, 19 Aug 2021 19:47:28 +0000 https://autogenie.co.uk/?p=3251 The British carmaker Lotus has hinted towards an electric vision for the future with the Evija which means that ICE vehicles will be discontinued. However, the company wished to end things on a high note with the 2022 Emira. It is exotic with an exterior boasting carbon fiber with bonded aluminum architecture. The Emira will succeed the Evora GT and is being claimed to be a rather safe and practical sports car. It will give its closest competitors, the 718 Cayman and 911 Variants, a run for their money. Official news on the pricing is yet to be announced by Lotus but it is expected to start in the £51,000s and go up to £91,643 for the top-end variant.

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The British carmaker Lotus has hinted towards an electric vision for the future with the Evija which means that ICE vehicles will be discontinued. However, the company wished to end things on a high note with the 2022 Emira. It is exotic with an exterior boasting carbon fiber with bonded aluminum architecture. The Emira will succeed the Evora GT and is being claimed to be a rather safe and practical sports car. It will give its closest competitors, the 718 Cayman and 911 Variants, a run for their money. Official news on the pricing is yet to be announced by Lotus but it is expected to start in the £51,000s and go up to £91,643 for the top-end variant.

What’s Under The Hood?

The Emira will stay true to Lotus’s roots and come with a mid-mounted engine. There will be two configurations offered. One is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger while the other option is a 3.5 liter V6 with a supercharger. The turbocharged four-cylinder has been taken from Mercedes AMG and produces 360 horsepower. It is coupled with a dual-clutch automatic transmission to power the rear wheels. The V6 engine comes from Toyota and is the same one used in the Evora GT. You can get it in either a good old stick shift or torque converter automatic transmission. This setup produces 400 horsepower and 317 lb/ft of torque. A better driving experience is promised in the Emira as the electric power steering has been ditched for a hydraulic assisted one.

Minimalist, yet Comfortable inside

A lot of improvements have been made to the interior to make it much practical. Narrow door sills and large door openings make it very easy to enter and exit. A squared-off steering wheel is given to the driver along with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. There is a 10.2-inch infotainment screen in the middle with no buttons or rockers for volume as voice controls will be used. Not everything has been made forcefully digital as there are physical switches for the climate controls. USB and 12 volt charging ports are available and Apple or Android connectivity will come standard.

 All the materials used in the interior appear to be very high-end and match the price point. Lotus has made the Emira very practical by adding two cup holders in the center console. Storage compartments are present in the doors as well as 5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the engine and 7 cubic feet behind the seats.

Never Before Seen Safety

Lotus will be breaking away from its contemporary ways and will offer driver-assistance technology options in the Emira. Automated Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control will be available. The crash test results have been made public at the NHTSA and IIHS websites.

The Lotus Emira promises to wrap up the ICE legacy by offering a lot. Its two engine variants make a substantial amount of power for the body size. A comfortable and practical interior is offered which has all the bells and whistles of a modern sports car. One surprising thing is the host of safety options available.

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