The Porsche 911 GT3 has beaten the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to win the prestigious 2014 World Performance Car of the Year award.
The Porsche won the award despite recent bad press following a number of fires that led to all GT3s being recalled.
It’s the third consecutive year the manufacturer has won the award, and the fourth time overall: the Porsche Boxster and Cayman won last year’s award, the 911 won it in 2012 and the Cayman won the inaugural World Performance Car award in 2006.
Vehicles are selected for the award and voted for by an international jury panel of 69 top motoring journalists, including MR’s Peter Burgess.
He said: “OK, we know about the fire problems with the GT3. That it didn’t stop this Porsche winning the World Performance Car award says truck-loads about Porsche’s continued ability to turn out a supreme sports car.
“Of course Porsche could hardly have managed the problem any better than it did, behaving in an honourable manner in the face of some angry customers.
“Earlier there had been question marks about whether the new, podgier 991 series of 911 would actually make the grade in GT3 guise. The proof seems to be that it does so in spades.
“Tough luck for the Corvette and Ferrari.”
When Motoring Research tested the 911 GT3 for MSN Cars , CJ gave it five stars declaring it his “car of the year”. There’s no doubt the world’s motoring press is impressed by the 911 GT3, but would it be your performance car of the year?