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 Porsche 911 GT3 Named 2014 World Performance Car

Porsche 911 GT3 Named 2014 World Performance Car

While unhappy Porsche 911 GT3 buyers are still waiting for their sports cars to be delivered following the much-discussed fire debacle, the said vehicle has been named the 2014 World Performance Car during a ceremony at the New York Auto Show.

The 911 GT3 grabbed the coveted award after defeating two equally prestigious sports cars, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year, and the more expensive Ferrari 458 Speciale. The winner was determined by a panel of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries.

This is the third consecutive year that a Porsche-badged vehicle wins the World Performance Car title. The 911 GT3 follows the legacy of the Boxster/Cayman and the 911 Carrera, which were declared winners in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Needless to say, we can’t argue with the results of this year’s World Performance Car awards, but we can’t help but notice the irony of it all. As the fifth-generation 911 GT3 gains even more recognition for its fantastic abilities, current owners had to return their cars for an engine swap, while those that have already ordered one could wait up to six months to enjoy it.

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Porsche Boxster and Cayman Take the 2013 "World Performance Car" Title

Porsche Boxster and Cayman Take the 2013 "World Performance Car" Title

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.

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Porsche rated best German brand in U.S for servicing

Porsche rated best German brand in U.S for servicing

If there’s anything Americans love more than American cars, it’s German cars. BMW’s, Audi’s, and Mercedes’ roam the streets of the U.S. like no other European alternatives, and sports car manufacturer Porsche is right up there with the best of them. Discounting the huge 911 sales Porsche records in the U.S, sales of the Cayenne and Panamera are also extremely high with Porsche selling no less than 25,320 cars in total in 2010 in the U.S.

And with so many sales you could excuse the German brand for being a little rough around the edges when it comes to servicing, but in a recent poll conducted by the Customer Service Index 2012 of 84,000 new car owners from the past three years, results showed that customer satisfaction for Porsche was the highest of any other German brand for their service and personal care of customer cars.

In an official press release, Porsche stated that it “isn’t just constantly raising the quality and thoroughness of its repair and maintenance standards through continuous improvement processes but also optimises the call on its customers’ time to their advantage – from the making of the appointment to receipt of the vehicle to its return.”

Sure some of Porsche’s English may be off, but we can forgive them for that, however these results don’t show the full story. While Porsche is the best of the German brands, it only rates 5th in terms of luxury brands behind Lexus, Cadillac, Jaguar, and Acura.

Nevertheless, we have to commend Porsche for this achievement, as Americans are as picky with their cars as they are fanatical about them.

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Porsche 911 Hauls in the World Performance Car Award

Porsche 911 Hauls in the World Performance Car Award

Just hours ago, we reported the somber news that the Porsche 911’s designer passed away, but this time we have some good news to pass along. This news continues to add to the legend that is F.A. Porsche, as his creation has been announced the 2012 World Performance Car.

The 911 S Coupe made it through a three-stage voting process, beating out some of the best vehicles in the world. In the final stage, the 911 faced off against two greats, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and the McLaren MP4-12C.

The WPC judges specifically pointed out that the 911 combines pleasant driving, raw performance, and even fuel efficiency. Let’s crunch the numbers here. The 911 S Coupe pushes out 385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque from a 3.8-liter flat-6, while getting 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The Lamborghini has a 700-horsepower, 509 foot-pound producing V-12 engine that squeaks out 11 mpg city and 17 mpg highway. The McLaren gets 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway – close to the Porsche – and pumps 592 horsepower along with 443 pound-feet from its 3.8-liter V-8.

There are two other factors that would make us put the Porsche on top of the Lamborghini and McLaren. One is the fact that the Aventador is notoriously impossible to drive on even a freshly paved highway – yeah, it’s a little rough. The McLaren, on the other hand, has received some complaints that it tends to over-correct itself via its traction control system.

Add in the fact that the Porsche 911 S Coupe is only one-third of the Aventador’s price and just about half the price of McLaren, you have one impressive hunk of machinery there.

Hit the jump for the official press release.

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Porsche 918 RSR Racing Lab scoops up EyesOn Design award for 'Best Concept'

Porsche 918 RSR Racing Lab scoops up EyesOn Design award for ’Best Concept’

The Audi A6 may have bagged this year’s EyesOn Design award at the Detroit Auto Show for “Best Production Vehicle”, but another auto manufacturer is taking home the award for “Best Concept Vehicle”.

That award goes to Porsche’s stunning 918 RSR Racing Lab prototype. Defined by a design that features muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes, and a pulpit-like cockpit, the 918 RSR Racing Lab was the unquestioned showstopper of the 2011 NAIAS. It was even dressed up in a new “liquid metal chrome blue” paint finish to complement Porsche’s now famous hybrid orange finish on the front-to-rear racing stripes.

The 918 RSR Racing Lab wowed the judges comprising of Willie G. Davidson, Harley-Davidson’s EVP & Chief Styling Officer; Tom Matano, the Academy of Art University’s Executive Director of Industrial Design and Jack Telnack, Ford’s now-retired global VP of Design, beating out the likes of Kia’s KV7 Crossover and Ford’s Vertrek SUV for the title.

Congratulations to Porsche for the award! Now let’s see a production version of the 918 RSR Racing Lab!

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Porsche scores big on a number of year-end awards

Porsche scores big on a number of year-end awards

In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.

For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.

Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman. Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.

On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “drive.com.au" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.

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Porsche Boxster scores big with Consumer Reports' 2010 Reliability Survey

Porsche Boxster scores big with Consumer Reports’ 2010 Reliability Survey

There is a rumor out there that sports cars aren’t reliable and that they should be used sparingly, for the fear of an expensive repair. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as thePorsche Boxster has been rated the most reliable car in the world, according to Consumer Report’s New 2010 Survey.

The smallest vehicle in thePorsche lineup has proven to be one of the best, as the magazine found predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, acceleration, predicted depreciation, and accident avoidance in the Boxster to be near flawless.

The Boxster’s big brother, the 911, scored fairly good as well, although it was ranked as Porsche’s worst model. The 911 scored just about the same as the Boxster is most categories, but owner costs and fuel costs were considerably higher, while predicted reliability was a tad lower.

Porsche proved to be one of the only German automakers to score well in the survey. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi all came in the bottom ten, but that won’t stop us from loving them. The magazine ranked the high-performance M3 as the worst BMW of them all, with the 135i ranking highest.

Low ranking sports cars seemed to be a theme in the survey, as four companies found their sporty machines coming last. These include the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Cadillac CTS-V, and the M3. Only one company, besides Porsche, had a sports car ranked on the top and that was Hyundai with the Genesis Coupe.

Hit the jump to read the press release.

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Porsche Cayenne and Panamera Rack Up Awards

Porsche Cayenne and Panamera Rack Up Awards

This year has been a very successful year for both the Cayenne and the Panamera, with the newly launched SUV selling just under 30,000 units since its launch in May this year, and the luxury saloon in tow with just under 22,000 sales. These sentiments have been echoed by the awards they have managed to amass in such a short amount of time.

Judges and readers from the world’s top motoring magazines have put their opinions down on par during extensive surveys discussing the best cars for 2010 – in a plethora of categories. The guys at Porsche have much to be proud of with both cars taking home numerous accolades each. Both the Panamera and Cayenne have enjoyed the favor of knowledgeable journalists and the public alike, which goes to show just how popular they are.

Hit the jump to read all about the tons of awards presented to these two models.

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Porsche GT3 RS: Britain's Best Drivers' Car 2010

Porsche GT3 RS: Britain’s Best Drivers’ Car 2010

After driving Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS earlier this year, it comes as no surprise that the weekly mag Autocar has voted it as Britain’s best drivers’ car for 2010.

With 320 kW and a staggering 430Nm of twist from its 3.8 liter boxer 6 engine, Porsche’s slim and trimmed down version of the GT3 is most definitely a worthy adversary in today’s tightly contested super sports car market. Donington Park was the battleground for what turned out to be a landslide victory for Zuffunhausen. Autocar’s Editor, Chas Hallett was quoted: “The Porsche 911 GT3 RS was a clear winner; each of our seven judges placed the car at the top of their list. On the day of our road and track testing at Donington, the GT3 RS’ drive was simply the most involving, enjoyable and satisfying of all the sports cars involved.”

The other cars involved formed quite an impressive list of machinery valued at just under £ 1 million. Autocar’s judging team also tested the line-up on some of the UK’s best driving roads before making their final decision to give on-road manners a fair say in the outcome.

Noble’s M600 came in second place, with judges praising its polished, surprisingly forgiving chassis and steering, the predictability of its handling and brutal straight-line speed. Third place went to the brilliant Ferrari 458 Italia, the fastest car on the day around the Donington circuit at 1min 15.9sec.

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Porsche ranks second in J.D. Power study of initial quality

Porsche ranks second in J.D. Power study of initial quality

In J.D. Power and Associates yearly survey of new car buyers who have owned a 2009 model year vehicle for 90 days, Porsche pulled in a second place ranking with 90 problems per 100 vehicles behind Lexus which had 84 problems per 100 vehicles. Last year Porsche had been ranked number one.

In general domestic manufacturers scored improvements. "Even in the face of unprecedented challenges, the Detroit automakers are keeping their focus on designing and building high-quality vehicles, which is a precondition for long-term success," said David Sargent, vice president of automotive research at J.D. Power and Associates.

Some industry experts take issue with the IQS and its effectiveness in providing meaningful data. For example, the study not only looks at defects (things that should be fixed) but also annoyances (things that must be endured). MINI was slammed one year for having poor cup holders, hardly a deal breaker in most people’s eyes. Jaguar took an elevator ride to the basement this year dropping from 8th to 28th on the weakness of its XF model. Three of the top five issues with the XF included glove-box operation, the fuel-filler flap and customer questions on brake dust.

Whereas Consumer Reports does not allow its test results to be used in advertising, J.D. Power does, so top ranking manufacturers are more than happy to crow about their success, no matter how arbitrary that success might be.

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Porsche wins "Best Performance Engine Award"

Porsche wins "Best Performance Engine Award"

Once again Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has been successful in the International Engine of the Year Awards. With its 911 Turbo-Drive, the sports car manufacturer has underpinned its position in a field of high performance competitors, receiving the coveted “Best Performance Engine Award” for the first time. For ten years now, this prize has been awarded by the British specialist journal “Engine Technology International” for outstanding engine characteristics.

In 2007 Porsche was already successful in the three to four liter category. This year the 3.6 Liter 480 PS Boxer engine (530 PS in the GT2 version) even gained first place in the free capacity class, putting strong competitors like BMW, Ferrari, Nissan and Audi in the shade.

For the first time the 911 Turbo power unit features an exhaust gas turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG) for efficient control of the exhaust gas flow throughout the entire range of engine speeds, guiding the flow of air in exactly the right direction and at the right angle to the turbine blades. This leads to a discernible improvement in flexibility and acceleration, particularly at low speeds.

In the Engine of the Year Awards, 65 renowned motoring journalists from more than 30 countries judge power engines in various different categories. As well as performance, fuel consumption, driving behavior and driving comfort, the use of future-oriented technologies is also taken into account.

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Porsche 911 - "Best Automobile in the World"

Porsche 911 - "Best Automobile in the World"

Porsche received today the award "Best Automobile in the World" in the Cabriolet category for the Porsche 911. The Carrera was chosen as best Cabrio in the world by almost 95,000 readers of the German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport. In the same category were 49 other cabriolets, roadsters and spiders.

The Porsche 911 Carrera comes in two power versions with engines varying in size: the “basic" 911 Carrera displacing 3.6 litres and developing maximum output of 239 kW (325 bhp) at 6800 rpm, and the 911 Carrera S displacing 3.8 litres and with maximum output of 261 kW (355 bhp) at 6600 rpm. The 3.8-litre flat-six develops its maximum torque of 400 Newton-metres (295 lb-ft) at 4600 rpm, accelerating the Carrera S in 4.8 seconds from 0-60mph and ensuring a top speed of 293 km/h or 182 mph.

Press release after jump.

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Porsche Targa 4 wins "Best of the Best" Award

Porsche Targa 4 wins "Best of the Best" Award

Today Porsche added a new award to the companies long list: the Targa 4 was awarded "Best of the Best" by the Red Dot Design Museum of the North-Rhine Westfalian Design Centre.
This supreme award in one of the largest and most outstanding design contests in the world is presented by an international jury only to absolute top products acknowledged as “ground-breakers in their specific area.“ Out of more than 2,500 products entered, a mere 43 received this supreme stamp of quality, the experts (...)

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Porsche Named Top Prestigious Luxury Automobile Brand for 2007

Porsche Named Top Prestigious Luxury Automobile Brand for 2007

For the third year running, America’s most affluent consumers have declared Porsche the top luxury car available today. The Luxury Institute’s 2007 independent, nationwide survey of luxury auto brands rated Porsche against 13 of the world’s most prestigious car brands, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Volvo.
Porsche netted the number one spot based on its consistently superior quality, exclusivity and uniqueness, measure of enhanced social status (...)

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Porsche 911 Turbo - Favourite German Car

Porsche 911 Turbo - Favourite German Car

Forbes has voted the Porsche 911 Turbo as their favourite German car. The 911 competitors were: the Maybach 62, BMW M6 and the McLaren Mercedes SLR.
the new 911 Turbo meets the highest expectations in terms of engine performance. The classic flat-six unit develops 353 kW (480 bhp) at 6,000 rpm from a 3.6-litre displacement. Maximum torque of 620 Nm is available between 1,950 and 5,000 rpm.
To achieve that capability, we’ve combined VarioCam Plus with twin turbocharger units featuring (...)

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2007 Porsche 911 Turbo - "Best of What's New" Award

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo - "Best of What’s New" Award

In Popular Science Magazine’s 2006 19th Annual "Best of What’s New" awards, the 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo (997) was awarded a Best of What’s New in the Automotive category.
The 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo was chosen for the development and implementation of Porsche’s variable turbine geometry (VTG) setup which was developed in close cooperation with Borg Warner Turbo Systems. It is based on technology which has been widely and successfully applied to diesel engines since the early 1990s. It (...)

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The most prestigious brand: PORSCHE

The most prestigious brand: PORSCHE

A very special honour has been bestowed upon Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, on its key sales market, the US. Porsche has been awarded first place in a survey conducted among the nation’s top earners asking which luxury automobile brand is the most prestigious. The manufacturer of premium sporty vehicles emerged victorious over its competitors from all over the world. The representative survey was carried out by Luxury Institute, New York, which questioned more than 500 households (...)

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Porsche Cayman S - World performance Car of the Year 2006

Porsche Cayman S - World performance Car of the Year 2006

The Porsche Cayman S was chosen as the 2006 World Performance Car from an initial entry list of twenty-nine (29) candidates nominated by the World Car of the Year jurors. The top three contenders for the World Performance Car in addition to the Porsche Cayman S were the Audi RS4 and the BMW M5.
The Porsche Cayman S impressed the World Car jury with its distinct presence set squarely between the Boxster and 911. The 295-horsepower coupe possesses (...)

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