Porsche is proving it is the benchmark sports car manufacturer once again, with the announcement today of two of its latest models being recognised as ‘best-in-class’.
At the UK Car of the Year Awards 2015, the Boxster GTS won ‘Best Open Top Car’ while the Macan took the trophy for ‘Best SUV’.
The Boxster was launched with a GTS version for the first time last year to great acclaim. Joining other current Porsche models wearing the highly-revered ‘GTS’ nameplate – the Cayman, 911, Panamera and Cayenne – this benchmark roadster is even more dynamically focussed than other Boxster models.
Boasting 330 hp, the GTS is the most powerful Boxster to date, enabling a 0 to 62 mph time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Despite this strong performance, through the philosophy of Porsche Intelligent Performance combined fuel consumption is a respectable 31.4 mpg.
“Simply the best all-rounder – fast, comfortable and useable every day,” said Paul Hudson, one of the expert judges, while another, Al Suttie, said: “sensational handling, performance and steering provided in a sleek drop-top so you can hear that amazing engine more clearly.”
The Macan, launched in 2014, entered a new market segment for Porsche – the premium compact SUV arena. Porsche has an objective to offer the most dynamic vehicle in whichever segment it competes in, and with the Macan the UK’s motoring experts have judged it has achieved this goal.
“I’ve never driven an SUV that handles better,” said David Motton, while fellow motor journalist Craig Thomas added: “…it combines all the comfort of a high-riding mid-size 4×4 with Porsche’s sports car-like driving characteristics.”
Launched in 2014, the UK Car of the Year Awards are judged by 27 of Britain’s most-read motoring journalists. Each judge uses their expertise to pick out the top performer in 12 vehicle categories, before deciding the overall winner from their favourites in each class.
The UK Car of the Year Awards (UKCOTY) is a wholly independent set of awards, designed to highlight and advise on the best new cars on the market specifically for British customers.
The Boxster GTS has a recommended retail price of £52,879, while the Macan ranges from £40,276 to £59,648.
Customers will be able to explore the potential of their new Porsche, and further develop their own skills behind the wheel, by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.