Porsche has won Australia’s most recognised Performance Car award for the second year in a row with the 911 GT2 scoring a unanimous win in MOTOR magazine’s Performance Car of The Year (PCOTY) Final of 2008.
The 911 GT2’s crushing win comes on the back of victory for the 911 GT3 in MOTOR’s 2007 PCOTY Final.
Porsche’s performance pedigree was further underlined in the 2008 PCOTY Final with the ‘everyday’ 911 – the new Carrera 2S with PDK twin-clutch transmission and all-new direct-injection (DFI) 3.8-litre boxer engine – taking third place. The Porsche pair were separated by the most expensive car in the PCOTY Final, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.
MOTOR’s epic four-day test on public roads and private race tracks also underlined the incredible fuel efficiency of the podium finishing Porsches – the 283 kW Carrera S averaging 11.8L/100 kms and the mighty 390 kW GT2 12.7L/100 kms respectively over 1,500 kms. This placed both 911s in the Top Four for fuel economy in the strong 11-car field.
“It used to be that performance came at the expense of fuel consumption,” said Porsche Cars Australia managing director, Michael Winkler. “But not any more.
“We have consistently improved the fuel efficiency of our engines – more so than any other sports car manufacturer over the last 15 years – and for our cars to be able to deliver increasing levels of performance while at the same time using less fuel is testament to our engineers in Weissach,” said Winkler.
“But performance remains the cornerstone at Porsche, and the fact that the GT2 was able to clearly win every performance discipline in MOTOR’s test is what makes us especially proud.”
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