Robb Report has picked the seventh-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S as its 2013 Car of the Year, saying the two-door captivated its judges with "agility, driving dynamics and balance." The German coupe bested 12 others who were also in the running – the impressive list of nominees included the BMW M5, Audi S8, Ferrari FF, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

Judging involved more than just throwing darts at pictures on the wall, as the publication enlisted a panel of automotive experts to test drive each vehicle for close evaluation. The panelists included 100 members of the Robb Report Club (comprised of top corporate executives and influential readers), Editor-in-Chief Brett Anderson and automotive consultant Robert Ross. Full results of the competition will be revealed in the luxury magazine's March issue, hitting newsstands in about a week. For more information, visit Robb Report online or check out the full press release from Porsche below.
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Porsche 911 Carrera S Named Robb Report Car of the Year

Atlanta. The seventh-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S has been named the 2013 Robb Report Car of the Year. Captivating the judging panel with its agility, driving dynamics and balance, the 911 bested 12 other competitors for the award and will be featured on the cover of the March issue of the luxury lifestyle magazine.

"Winning Robb Report's 2013 Car of the Year award for the Porsche 911 is a proud achievement for our brand, especially as we celebrate our flagship model's 50th anniversary this year," said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. "This prestigious award means a lot to us, as it was voted on by potential customers, and it further solidifies the 911's standing as one of the world's most sought-after sports cars."

The 20th annual Robb Report Car of the Year award judging process involved extensive test-drives by a panel of automotive experts including Robb Report Editor in Chief Brett Anderson, automotive consultant Robert Ross and approximately 100 members of the Robb Report Club, which includes top corporate executives and influential readers. Other contenders included the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, Ferrari FF, Audi S8, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and BMW M5.

"Porsche has taken a 50-year-old design and constantly refined and improved it without altering a single word from the original mission statement, and it has kept the price relatively affordable," said Robert Ross, Robb Report automotive consultant. "In the truest Miesian sense, the 911 proves that less is more."

Full results from the Robb Report Car of the Year competition will be revealed in the magazine's March issue, which will hit newsstands on February 26.


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      Daekwan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think anybody is surprised by this. When I think of someone reading the Robb Report for any reason. I think of the same person having a set of Porsche keys in their pocket.
      Arch
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree. Love this car
      weagle99
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find this car to be boring. And yes, I know this comment is going to be downvoted. So be it.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @weagle99
        just shows you have never driven one
          orly.o
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          that's the problem, not everyone has the chance to drive these boring cars.. on a track. with the sun setting. in the rain. hitting 120+ mph on street tires. i never understood the following 911s had until i experienced this firsthand myself.
        avconsumer2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @weagle99
        Ah yes, the Carrera 911S... forever synonymous with "boring". (?!)
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @weagle99
        Is it because it's not grounded to the ground like a Camry?
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't need a magazine written by 65 year old white men who reek of pachouli to tell me which cars are great. I drive what I like, thanks. (and I like the new 911)
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well Deserved. I hope my next car is a 911.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is not a surprise, How many times has the 911 won? I know it's great car, but damn!
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should have been the Boxster or Cayman. Either is better than the 911.
        Stacey Snyder
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        I tend to agree. I owned a 2005 Boxster S before my current 997S. I love my 911, but boy oh boy do I miss my Boxster. For me it was a better driving experience. I want a new 981 Boxster S BAD!!!!
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought this was a Cayman at first glance.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      An S8 with a twin turbo V10 would have made it....but noooooƶ.
      Generic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could see drivers car of the year, but car of the year? They've made the new Cayman S so nice now and its size is closer to a older 911 and its mid engine. I'd choose that. The prices have gotten so high and performance has been going up and up over the years, they almost need a sub Boxster car now. Perhaps a turbo 4cly again.
      Friedduck
      • 1 Year Ago
      This just in: Robb Report picks Drakar Noir as the cologne of the year. (Love the 911, just not RR.)
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      like many of you hucksters here.. i want one, but will never be able to throw down the dough for one.
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