We think the 981 Porsche Boxster and Cayman are pretty ace, even though we’re yet to drive either. But it turns out we’re not the only ones who reckon the Coxster rocks, as both cars have been awarded the 2013 World Performance Car crown.
The World Car judges have put their names to this rather quaint statement: â€œThe Job One for this new generation of Porsche’s littler two-doors was actually two-fold. The Boxster needed to be seen as less of a fancy secretary’s car and the Cayman needed to be set loose to be an even better Porsche sports car than the iconic 911. In both instances, mission over-accomplished. Both cars are now allowed out of their company cages and they drive as if they’re celebrating.”
Porsche has also used this news to remind us the 911 Carrera 4 has been awarded the Best All-Wheel Drive Car by readers of German mag Auto Bild.
You can read the official word from Stuttgart after the break.
Sport cars take top honors
Porsche Boxster and Cayman named 2013 World Performance Car
Stuttgart. At a ceremony hosted by Bridgestone Corporation at the New York Auto Show this morning, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman were named the 2013 World Performance Car. The Cayman celebrated its world premiere only last November at the International Motor Show in Los Angeles, while the Boxster has been on the market now for a year.
The World Car Awards (WCA) are presented annually in four categories – Car Design, Green Car, Performance Car and Car of the Year. Winners are determined by an international panel of 66 automotive journalists from 23 countries. Jurors are appointed by the World Car Steering Committee based on automotive expertise, experience, credibility and influence.
Since the inception of the World Car of the Year Awards, Porsche has won World Performance Car twice; for the 911 (2012) and for the Cayman (2006).
In the USA, Canada, Russia, South Africa, Singapore and Germany too – since the start of the year Porsche sports cars have received some 20 awards in countries all around the globe.
In Germany the Porsche 911 in its Carrera 4 version was recently voted â€˜Best All-Wheel Drive Carâ€™ in the coupÃ©/cabriolet category by the readers of Auto Bild, fighting off strong competition to win. Over 100,000 readers and Internet users took part in the annual reader survey.
Commenting on the success of the Porsche models, Matthias MÃ¼ller, President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG said: â€œThe Porsche 911 is winning award after award in its anniversary year. Even after five decades, its concept still excels through top dynamic handling, efficiency and extreme emotion. The new Boxster and Cayman also possess innate 911 DNA, with which they impress customers and jurors alike. That makes us very proud.â€
As the Carrera the Porsche 911 delivers 350 PS and as the Carrera S exactly 400. The 911 reaches speeds of up to 304 km/h. The carâ€™s weight has gone down by up to 40 kilograms and fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent. The base prices for the Porsche 911 Carrera start at 90,417 Euro, including value added tax.
The Porsche roadster, the Boxster, has been making headlines since March 2012 and provides a thrilling open-top experience. The flat six engine in the Boxster delivers 265 PS, while in the Boxster S drivers have 315 PS at their disposal. The base prices start at 49,243 Euro, including value added tax.
As an outstanding performer around corners, it is above all dynamic flair that the new Porsche Cayman exudes. There are two versions of this mid-engine sports car as well: the Cayman with a 275-PS flat engine and the Cayman S delivering 325 PS. This agile cornering ace is available from 51,385 Euro, including value added tax.