ATLANTA GA May 8, 2008 For the second year in a row, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, has won an award in the International Engine of the Year competition. By winning the coveted “Best Performance Engine Award,” the 911 Turbo engine has underscored Porsche’s position atop a star-studded field of high performance competitors.
This is the tenth year this prize has been awarded by the British specialist journal “Engine Technology International” for outstanding engine characteristics.
Having won in the three to four liter category in 2007, the 3.6 Liter 480 horsepower boxer engine (530 HP in the GT2 version) scored its first place win in the “free capacity class,” defeating other globally-recognized high performance automobiles like the BMW (M5 & M6 V-10), Ferrari (599 GTS V-12), Nissan (GT-R twin-turbo V-6) and the Audi (RS6 V-10).
For model year 2008, the 911 Turbo power unit features an exhaust gas turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG) for efficient control of the exhaust gas flow throughout the entire RPM range, guiding the flow of exhaust gas in exactly the right direction and at the appropriate angle to the turbine blades. This leads to a discernible improvement in flexibility and acceleration, particularly at low speeds, and virtually eliminates “turbo lag.”
The jury for the Engine of the Year Awards consists of 65 renowned automotive journalists from more than 30 countries. The judges review and evaluate engines in various different categories, considering factors such as overall performance, power output, fuel consumption, drivability and comfort.
Special attention is paid to the use of advanced, cutting-edge technologies. Judge Jake Venter of South Africa’s Car Magazine enthused, “Very few turbocharged engines have been honed to such a state of perfection.”
Porsche Cars North America, Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga., and, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., based in Mississauga, Ont., are the two importers of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles for the United States and Canada respectively.