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Porsche are saying NO WAY to either a Porsche RS or Clubsport model............They tola 'Autocar' that they too worried for 911 sales. Frankly i think this is nonsence, given that Bloomberg thinks the US is heading for a major recession next year I think Porsche won't have much choice!


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damn,didnt pick up my copy today, mpollard to the rescue i think,not sure what to make of the comment by porsche to autocar ,but my guess is its all smoke and mirrors and in a few months as if by magic porsche decide to launch the cs or rs, after all the cayman is steeling all the sales at the moment so why not capitalise on that success by expanding the range to include a hardcore version
 

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Mike, On what page did you find the comment about the RS?


AutoCar was the first to comment on a Cayman RS. It sounds like someone at PAG has gone out of their way to kill the RS rumor at the source. I would be suprised to hear that a PAG official would ever say that they are worried about the impact any Cayman variant would have on the 997 - even if they are worried.


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6 Cover story New MINI first test

We try final prototype - and find a surprise or two!

10 Cover story Ford and Fiat twins

Great pictures of new Ka and reborn 500

14 Cover story Citroen's new

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15 Cover story Coupé gets fresh

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17 Cover story Audi's baby boom

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18 Next Primera

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20 Electric Elise

Lotus-backed battery-powered Roadster on charge

22 Blind spot shock

Safety tests name new models with poor visibility



New cars

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RS4 Cabriolet

Storming Audi blows its top on UK roads

28 Cover story Fastest Focus ST

We drive new 300bhp Ford, plus racier Evo

31 Cover story The 76mpg Polo

Our verdict on VW's green BlueMotion baby

32 Is 3 the magic number?

First UK drive of facelifted Mazda family car

34 Mercedes' pure Genius

Gas-powered F600 Hygenius on the road



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46 Opinions

Andrew English on going green, plus your letters

64 Helpline

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Golf TSI vs Golf TDI

Is hi-tech petrol hatch a better bet than diesel?

48 Cover story Sector guide

Latest in series rates every recreational 4x4 on sale

58 Cover story Used cars

We name best four-seater soft-top for your money

72 Long-term

All smiles as Ford Focus ST joins our fleet



Products

66 Cover story
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Plug and play - The best in-car MP3 players

68 New on the shelves

Adjustable child seat heads our round-up of kit



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74 New improved prices guide

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<div class="articletext">Phew, what a scorcher! With temperatures soaring, where better to test Audi’s red-hot new RS4 Cabriolet than the UK? The latest addition to the firm’s line-up is the first drop-top to wear the famous RS badge, and has already impressed us on an early test drive in Europe. However, we couldn’t wait to try it out on traditional British roads to see how it fares.






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As with the RS4 saloon, it rides 30mm lower than the standard car and boasts noticeably flared wheelarches. They cover distinctive 18-inch alloys and combine to give the rapid cabrio a purposeful stance.


The slatted front bumper and polished metal windscreen surround also help identify it from lesser models in the range. Inside, you’ll find the usual high-quality trim, while on the centre console is a starter button for the car’s stand-out feature – its engine.


It’s the same 414bhp 4.2-litre V8 as in the saloon, and the pace is electrifying, even though this model is heavier. An extra 195kg adds two-tenths-of-a-second to the 0-60mph time, but the RS4 still hits the mark in 4.9 seconds.


A simple tweak of the right foot is all it takes to unleash this surge of power, especially when you activate Sports mode using the steering wheel-mounted button. It sharpens throttle response and prompts the electrically adjustable bolsters on the bucket seats to grip you even more tightly.


If you do find somewhere to stretch the Cabriolet’s legs, you’ll find that it’s impressively refined, and with the hood in place the cabin is nearly as quiet as the saloon’s. Lowering the fully automated roof takes 21 seconds, and once folded even high motorway speeds are free from buffeting.


Driving with the top down also allows you to get the full benefit of the glorious V8 soundtrack, which has a distinctive and charismatic burble.


However, the RS4 Cabriolet isn’t just about looking and sounding great. Thanks to Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive set-up, it handles superbly, too. There’s tremendous grip, body roll is well controlled and the absorbent ride smooths out all but the biggest bumps.


Yet despite the extra chassis strengthening, the Cabriolet can’t match the tin-top model on uneven roads. While it’s admirably stiff for a four-seater convertible, there are more shakes and vibrations – and the faster you go, the more obvious they become. Another area where the four-door scores over the convertible is in terms of practicality. Boot space is limited by the fabric hood, and the optional RS bucket seats only make a token effort to tilt forward, so rear access is limited.


Then there’s the RS4 Cabrio’s price. It costs nearly £60,000, and you could buy an entry-level Porsche Cayman for that money and still have enough change left over to get a Volkswagen Eos! However, with the first year’s allocation of 150 models already spoken for, ownership will be highly prized and strong residuals are guaranteed.


Few cars can match the RS4’s cross-country abilities, and the addition of a convertible makes for a truly unique, if somewhat pricey, proposition.
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damn,didnt pick up my copy today, mpollard to the rescue i think,not sure what to make of the comment by porsche to autocar ,but my guess is its all smoke and mirrors and in a few months as if by magic porsche decide to launch the cs or rs, after all the cayman is steeling all the sales at the moment so why not capitalise on that success by expanding the range to include a hardcore version


Hey Mega, a recession in the US? Hype. BTW, recession affects chevy sales, not Porsche sales.
 

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Don't be too sure i remember the last one...........Ho Ho Ho.................Mind you talk about ill wind...........we got the 968 Clubsport!


Autocar Page 17


On 16 they show the next 911....................looks like this one and at the top of 17 in the 'Confidential' section its the first item......................'Don't waste time waiting for RS or Clubsport models Porsche insiders say' 'They not coming'.





Or We got more Caymans than we expected and it 12 months before the CS or RS is out so PLease buy our stock.





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