911 GT3 Scores World Performance Car of the Year for Porsche

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Remember we told you McLaren's CEO liked the 911 GT3 and even bought one as a benchmark for their next sportscar? Well it seems their praise was not misplaced, as this car cold be the finest handling machine of the moment. On the floor of the New York Auto Show, a panel of 69 judges have awarded this car the title of 2014 World Performance Car, high praise considering the competition.
“To be chosen as the winner of the World Performance Car by this global jury is extremely rewarding,” said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.

Launched last year, the new 911 GT3 is powered by a high-revving 3.8-liter sending 475 hp though a seven-speed PDK. That's only the tip of the proverbial Iceberg, as rear-wheel steering ensure it's as competent in the corners as the 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds make it in a straight line.

Unfortunately, the new 911 GT3 has also been in the limelight for the wrong reasons. A few cars caught fire and Porsche has had to issue a very expensive recall, completely swapping out the engines on almost 800 examples.

“Each generation of the 911 GT3 epitomizes our vision of the ultimate pure bred, track ready sports car. And our newest iteration is no exception. To be elected against such formidable competitors by a large number of auto experts pays a huge compliment to our designers and engineers.”
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