The third-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman siblings have been chosen as the 2013 World Performance Car by the World Car Awards. The award was presented during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show .
The German mid-engine sports car beat out the other finalists, which included the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86 (all of which were combined as one entry). The win over two quality sports cars — especially over the Ferrari — really goes to show how far the new Boxster and Cayman have come over the years.
In its base format, the Boxster offers 265 horsepower from the 2.7-liter engine and 315 horsepower from the S model’s 3.4-liter engine. It is available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission to help get the power to the back wheels. This allows for a 0-to-60 mph time as low as 4.7 seconds.
The Porsche Cayman is offered with a 2.7-liter powerplant with 275-horsepower as standard and S model provides 325-horsepower out of its 3.4-liter engine. Just like the Boxster, it is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. When the 3.4-liter engine teams up with the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono package, the car is capable of a 0-to-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds.
This marks the third time that the German automaker has won the award and marks back-to-back wins for Porsche. Last year, the Porsche 911 took top honors and the Porsche Cayman won the World Performance Car Award in 2006.
At a ceremony hosted by Bridgestone Corporation at the New York Auto Show this morning, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman were named the 2013 World Performance Car.
The World Car Awards (WCA) are presented annually in four categories – Car Design, Green Car, Performance Car and Car of the Year. Winners are determined by an international panel of 66 automotive journalists from 23 countries. Jurors are appointed by the World Car Steering Committee based on automotive expertise, experience, credibility and influence.
“To be chosen as the winner of the World Performance Car by this global jury is extremely rewarding,” said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The new Boxster is a serious sports car and has become a worldwide success. Its brother, the new Cayman, is launching this month and has already captivated sports car enthusiasts around the world."
Since the inception of the World Car of the Year Awards, Porsche has won World Performance Car twice; for the 911 (2012) and for the Cayman (2006).
The third-generation Boxster / Cayman is the latest mid-engine offering from Porsche. Completely redesigned, it is lighter, more powerful and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. A longer wheelbase and larger wheels enhance the driving experience.
Delivering 265 and 315 hp respectively, the 2.7-liter Boxster and 3.4-liter Boxster S are available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche-Doppelkupplingsgetriebe (PDK) automatic transmission. The Boxster is available from $49,500 and the Boxster S from $60,900, not including a $950 destination charge.
The Cayman is powered by a 2.7-liter engine with 275 hp; with the Sport Chrono package it accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The 3.4-liter engine in the Cayman S produces 325 hp; with PDK and the Sport Chrono package it sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The car will arrive in dealerships next month starting at $52,600 for the Cayman and $63,800 for the Cayman S, not including a destination charge of $950.
For more information about the Boxster / Cayman including full technical specifications, visit press.porsche.com.
For more information about the 2013 World Car Awards, visit www.wcoty.com