ATLANTA - August 31, 2009 - Motor Trend Magazine has chosen the Porsche Cayman S as the "Best Driver's Car" for 2009. Additionally, the Cayman was also picked by British car journal Auto Express as "Best Sports Car" in their New Car Awards 2009. In both cases Porsche's mid-engined coupe won over experts with its driving dynamics, precision, feedback and response.
Featuring PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung), Porsche's Double-Clutch Gearbox, the Cayman S impressed Motor Trend on both regular roads and the race track, making its way to the top against nine other thoroughbred sports cars. The test team included select members of the Motor Trend staff as well as two professional race drivers - Randy Pobst and Massimiliano "Max" Angelelli.
With its circulation of 1.1 million copies and 7.6 million readers, Motor Trend, an internationally renowned magazine, is acknowledged as one of the leading car magazines in the USA.
Auto Express, the British car journal, was equally clear in emphasizing that the Cayman leads the sports car scene with unrelenting efficiency. The title of "Best Sports Car" was won with the ultimate blend of traction, balance, and agility. Apart from the characteristic sound of the boxer engines, the testers also lauded the practical qualities of the Cayman with its two luggage compartments and large tailgate.
Auto Express is the best-selling car journal in Great Britain.
Along with the Porsche Boxster, the newest generation of the Cayman has been available since February of this year. Its newly-developed six-cylinder boxer engine provides exceptional fuel economy and performance - 320 horsepower delivered by the 3.4-liter power unit in the Cayman S and 265 hp from the 2.9-liter engine in the Cayman. Both models are EPA rated at 29 mpg highway and both fulfill the strict EU5 emission standard in Europe and the ULEV standard in the USA.
Distinguishing itself from the other competitors in the "Best Driver's Car" competition, the Cayman S also remains below the fuel consumption limit for Gas Guzzler Tax.
Note: Photos of the 2009 Porsche Cayman and Cayman S are available to accredited journalists on the Porsche Press Database at www.press.porsche.com - Porsche footage is available to registered users at www.thenewsmarket.com/porsche.
About Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche sports cars and sport utility vehicles for the United States. It is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG. Approximately 200 PCNA employees provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 202 dealers. The dealers, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its 61-year history, Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than 28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world's most successful marque in sports car racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, the high performance Cayenne sport utility vehicles and soon the Panamera gran turismo for the U.S., strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction synonymous with its brand.