The Porsche 911 was declared the 2012 World Performance Car at a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show, the same time when the World Car of the Year 2012 was announced.
“We are honored that the new Porsche 911 S Coupe was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors as the 2012 World Performance Car of the Year,” said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The new 911 is more powerful, delivers extraordinary driving dynamics, is more fuel efficient than ever, and is still a pure Porsche. Winning the 2012 World Performance Car is excellent validation from a global team of world-class journalists for the work and dedication of everyone at Porsche.”
This is the sixth time that Porsche has made it to the top three position our of seven times in the World Performance Car category making it the fourth consecutive time. The Porsche Cayman S won the first forthe World Performance car of the year award in 2006.
There was an initial entry list of nineteen (19) new cars from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three finalists- the Porsche 911, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, and the McLaren MP4-12C among which the The Porsche 911 was chosen as the best.
The World Car jurors said: “The World Car Awards have had a Porsche in the final three for World Performance Car in all but one of the years we’ve been in existence. The all-new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S have impressed our expert jury with leaps in innovation and risk-taking design choices while at the same time maintaining and improving upon the driving thrills we look for in any Porsche two-door”.
As for the eligibility to contest for the award, the cars are either chosen from the World Car of the Year list of eligible vehicles, or newly introduced variants that are derived from existing those considered as upgrades rather than brand-new models and a minimum annual production rate of five-hundred (500) vehicles.
World Performance Car winners previously were the Ferrari 458 Italia in 2011, the Audi R8 V10 in 2010, the Nissan GT-R in 2009, the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi RS4 in 2007 and the Porsche Cayman S in 2006.