Porsche 911 Named World Performance Car of the Year

By Paul Joseph

The Porsche 911 was crowned World Performance Car of the Year at the 2012 New York Auto Show last week.

Awarded the title by a panel of 64 international car journalists, the seventh generation of the iconic Porsche sports car beat off the challenge of 19 other vehicles, including the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and the McLaren MP4-12C in the final round of voting.

Boasting the world’s first 7-speed manual transmission, the latest edition of the Porsche Carrera comes with a direct-injection 3.8-litre flat-six engine and can reach 60-mph in just 4.1 seconds.

Matthias Müller, president and CEO of Porsche AG, said: “The new 911 received its first award only a short time after it was launched in December 2011.

“Since then there have been many more. But this internationally important prize is certainly the high-water mark to date."

The New York Auto Show ran from April 6 – 15th.

By Paul Joseph