February 7, 2002

MotorWeek Names the Porsche 911 GT2 ‘Best Dream Machine’

Porsche 911 GT2
Posche 911 GT2
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The turbocharged Porsche 911 GT2, the most powerful production Porsche ever offered for sale on this continent, has been named the Best Dream Machine in the 2002 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards.

“The Porsche 911 GT2 stands alone as the ultimate street rocket,” said John Davis, host of the PBS automotive television show since its inception in 1981. “It has the kind of performance usually found only in race cars, but we found it to be very comfortable and luxurious for daily driving. Not only did it record the quickest 0 to 60 acceleration time in over two decades of MotorWeek testing, 3.9 seconds, the GT2 beat our best-recorded lap time at our Georgia road test track by over a second. And, it didn’t miss a beat as we drove it to dinner that night.”

Based on the new-generation 2001 911 Turbo, the 911 GT2 engine – a modified version of the 911 Turbo 3.6-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder, horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ engine — produces 456 horsepower (SAE) compared to 415 horsepower in the 911 Turbo. While the 911 Turbo comes equipped with all-wheel drive, the 911 GT2 features a rear-wheel drive system to help reduce overall weight by more than 200 pounds.

The 911 GT2 also has larger wheels and tires than the 911 Turbo, a one-piece fixed rear spoiler, larger front air intakes and a new air intake ahead of the front hood.

“Porsche is very honoured to receive this great award and to be recognized by MotorWeek, which every week offers objective and insightful information to automotive consumers,” said Frederick J. Schwab, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “This year the Porsche GT2 has taken its place at the top of the Porsche model line, and this award is a fitting jewel in the car’s crown.”

The 2002 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are based on a compilation of criteria such as superior performance, technology, practicality and dollar value, and they are chosen by a 10-person team of judges comprised of the MotorWeek journalists, staff and crew. In addition to the Best Dream Machine category, the other categories include Best Small Car, Best Family Sedan, Best Minivan, Best Convertible, Best Luxury Sedan, Best Sport Sedan, Best Performance Car, Best Small Sport Utility Vehicle, Best Family Sport Utility Vehicle, Best Pickup Truck, and Best Cross-Over Vehicle.

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