Australia. The Porsche 911 GT3 has won Australia’s most prestigious performance car award, winning MOTOR magazine’s 2007 Performance Car of The Year (PCOTY) final.
And in what is double good news for Porsche, the acclaimed Boxster S finished in fourth place – ahead of more powerful, more expensive and just-released European performance car rivals.
The 997-series 911 GT3 shot to fame among the world’s hardcore motoring journalists immediately following its launch, gaining remarkable plaudits from European and now Australian road testers.
MOTOR claimed its 13-car field of PCOTY finalists was the best ever assembled in what was a knockout year for performance car aficionados with the launch of dynamic new models and the latest incarnation of previous icons.
“If there is one Porsche that best demonstrates that what we as a company learn on the race track we are able to build into our road cars, then the GT3 is that car,” said Porsche Cars Australia Managing Director, Michael Winkler.
“The GT3 is in many ways the ultimate Porsche, being both a great track car and superb road car.”
In fact, the current GT3 forms the basis for the world’s fastest one-make coupe racing series – the Carrera Cup championships (run in eight countries), and the PorscheSupercup which supports the European rounds of the Formula 1 world championship.
MOTOR magazine’s 2007 PCOTY involved over 2,000 kms of testing by five expert judges over four days, on both public roads and race tracks. The 13 finalists in 2007 PCOTY ranged in price from under $50,000 to over $500,000.
Declared MOTOR: “The 911 GT3, meanwhile, does what Porsches have often done, treading a fine line between being completely berzerkoid yet also remains, somehow, totally useable.”
The $256,900 GT3 has been in high demand since sales began earlier this year. Every car built for Australia has been sold, with sales of it and the RS version expected to reach 100 units in the first 12 months.
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