UT B E D S G IN L IB S SPORTY
orsche is adding two distinctively sporty and highspecification models to its mid-engine sports car range: the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 and the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0. The new two-seaters are powered by the same four-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine that is used in the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4. When combined with the manual six-speed transmission and sports exhaust system, the latest additions to Porsche’s GTS line-up produce 400hp (294kW), resulting in an exhilarating driving experience. The models complete a sprint to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds and have a top speed of 293km/h. Thanks to the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension, as well as a 20mm lower ride height and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical limited slip rear differential, this new generation of GTS models achieves a remarkable balancing act between dynamic handling and everyday comfort. Alongside the standard Sport Chrono package, which emphasises the athletic nature of the new mid-engine models, black contrasting design elements and a dark Alcantara interior showcase typical features of GTS sports cars. Both models are available to order now with the first units arriving from May 2020 onwards.
CONCEPT AT CES A
mong many smart innovations, the Nissan Ariya Concept made its debut at CES Las Vegas. Bringing together advanced technologies on an allnew EV platform, the zero-emission crossover embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, an expansive lineup of vehicle technologies and services that deliver an innovative, future-thinking driving and ownership experience. “The Ariya Concept highlights Nissan’s promise of an entirely new driving experience that’s just on the horizon,” said Takao Asami, Senior Vice President for research and advanced engineering at Nissan. “This zeroemission crossover isn’t a concept car based on far-off ideas; it’s a showcase of technologies available in the very near term.” To show they’re real, Nissan has also taken these technologies out of the car and developed new, creative uses for them such as a zero emissions ice cream van, which was also on show, and technology experts gave demonstrations of Ariya Concept features such as the ProPILOT 2.0 advanced driver assistance system, twin-motor all-wheel-control system, acoustic meta-material and Smart Route Planner.
n a bid to help the development of Bahraini youth encouraging them in academic and internship opportunities, Ebrahim K. Kanoo has signed an MoU with NIIT (National Institute for Industrial Training). The new agreement outlines the company’s assurance to train Bahraini job seekers in a three-month technical programme for auto detailers, accredited by the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI). Upon successful completion, the candidates will be offered permanent positions within the company’s aftersales department. Company CEO, Mike Brightmore, said: “Our partnership with NIIT is a longstanding one and we are always happy to expand the areas of co-operation by sharing knowledge and industry best practice. This latest programme is also supported by Tamkeen and the Ministry of Labour. “Our ultimate aim is to enhance the Bahraini workforce by way of tangible programmes to benefit all automotive players in the market. We will continue to invest in Bahrainis from the grassroots level and sincerely appreciate the support of the government and all academic institutions in Bahrain.” February 2020 61
Vol.24 - Issue 2 - Your guide to a great way of life