But first, the snippets:
- Porsche post a bumper 2019 sales figure thanks to the Macan and Cayenne with a total of 280,000 units
- And on that note, it’s worth mentioning that South Africa is responsible for 22% of Porsche’s sales in the Middle East and Africa region
- Two General Motors’ engineers were jailed for racing a C8 Corvette on the streets. Punks
- Hyundai N Chief Engineer says a Porsche rival is under consideration
- Toyota have released their two-litre Supra with 190kW and 400Nm - good for 0-100kph in 5.2 seconds
- An Audi TTS driver has been filmed doing 308kph on the N1. Swifter justice seems imminent
- If rumours are to be believed, Alfa Romeo has dusted off their GTA badges for a 460kW Giuiia QV. Mamma mia!
- Remember VW’s ID.4? That wasn’t just a wild concept - the electric hatchback arrives in 2020, same year the Mk 8 does. More on that below
New Golfs leaked!
We can’t confirm the validity of a recently leaked photograph of the power outputs of the next VW Golf range, but they seem accurate.
If so, it means we’ll soon have a 180kW GTI, 221kW TCR and 245kW Golf R. Mega figures, I’m sure you’ll agree. Then beneath the performance models VW have slotted a GTD (diesel) with 147kW and 180kW GTE.
We’ll know for sure soon enough as the Golf 8 will be released in the last quarter of 2020.
New Ford Puma
Ford have reimagined their Puma, previously a sportscar, now as a compact SUV.
We reckon it looks excellent and can’t wait for a go with its 3-cylinder one-litre Ecoboost engine with 115kW. The new Puma comes in ten colours including Blazer Blue, Frozen White, Race Red, Solar Silver, Agate Black, Lucid Red, Grey Matter, Desert Island Blue, Magnetic and Metropolis White.
The VW T-Cross’s list of rivals grows each day.
Porsche Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0
It’s ‘cheers’ to the blown 2.4-litre flat-four, and a ‘welcome back’ to the famed naturally aspirated four-litre flat-six but with more power than before.
That’s 294kW – good for a 4.5 second sprint to 100kph, that’s performance delivered all the way up to a sonorous 7 800rpm red line. The GTS gets satin black 20-inch alloy hoops and contrasting colour on the (sportier) aero and light details. Obviously, you get a lick of Alcantara in the cabin and that GTS nomenclature gets liberally applied to every surface.
Honestly, this might become our favourite Porsche sportscar. Again.