Picking a single winner out of a优秀汽车领域is a tough task, particularly this year, with so many new or significantly improved cars in the luxury and performance realm. Value, style, performance, comfort, and practicality all weigh in, but ultimately, the question of which is truly the best comes down to the experience of owning and driving it.

这就是为什么Motor Authority 2012年最佳汽车购买的是2012年的Porsche911。这是七代标志性跑车的最新产品,几乎在各个方面都是最好的。


丘比特ng the engine behind the rear wheels is an odd choice for a sports car, or for any car for that matter. Doing so creates some odd behavioral tendencies, including a sudden willingness to spin for which the 911 was once (in)famous. Under power, having all that weight in the rear can lead to brilliant straight-line acceleration, but when turning, it can create understeer. Not so with the 2012 911.

通过底盘设计,电子管理,sheer refusal to bow to the laws of physics, Porsche's engineers have created a rear-engined sports car that is, even at the outer limits, almost completely balanced. Once you learn its tendencies--remnants of that snap-oversteer past--the 911 Carrera is one of the easiest cars in the world to place precisely where you want it, even if you have to make a small adjustment mid-turn; lift off a bit and the nose tucks in smoothly, roll in a touch more throttle and the car's arc widens ever so gradually. It's brilliant.




It's also lightning quick thanks to its revvy, efficienct direct-injection 350-hp (Carrera) or 400-hp (Carrera S) engines, particularly when paired with the newly re-tuned PDK dual-clutch transmission. While we're soundly in the give-me-a-stick-shift camp for any sports car, perhaps especially in the case of the novel yet highly effective new seven-speed (!) manual in the 2012 911, the PDK transmission is a true joy to drive. Shifts are lightning-quick, with none of the troublesome hesitation at the upper end of the range found in some other manufacturers' solutions.

With the system turned up to its sportiest settings, engaging and using launch control is a breeze: just step on the brake with your left foot and mash the throttle. When you're ready to go, let off the brake and whoosh! you're off, a quick chirp from the rear tires and the horizon is in your lap. Choose to shift for yourself or let the near-telepathic computer do it for you. Either way, it's high-tech fun that also helps you tick of faster laps. Perhaps best of all, Porsche is so confident in its engineering that none of this hoonery, including launch control, will ever void the warranty--again, unlike some of the closest competitors.

Comfort and Quality


By lengthening the wheelbase by almost four inches for 2012, the new 911 has rear seats that are actually usable, at least for medium-height adults and certainly for children. Thanks to its classic sloping coupe profile, headroom is somewhat limited, though less so than you might expect, and leg room, while better, is still tight in back. Up front, however, there's ample room even for those well over six feet tall, with supportive, extensively adjustable seats and excellent visibility to all quarters.

2012 Porsche 911

2012 Porsche 911



Features and safety


In fact, Porshce's racing heritage and performance-focused design actually help deliver more safety, too, with the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) and Porsche Stability Management (PSM) systems helping the driver to apply power and keep the car under control in any conditions. Standard two-stage driver and passenger air bags, plus side and knee airbags, wrapped in an advanced steel-and-aluminum structure enhance occupant safety in the event that a crash is unavoidable.


2012 Porsche 911

2012 Porsche 911




With cars like the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 offering much of the performance of the 911, or the BMW 6-Series offering similar luxury and comfort, or even the SLS AMG Roadster offering a close take on both, the 2012 Porsche 911 had a very strong crowd of rivals for this year's award.