The Performance Car of the Year award has been presented to the Ferrari 458 Italia for the second consecutive year by Auto Express magazine.
The Ferrari 458 Italia was selected by the judging panel following scored for performance, handling on the road and on the track and desirability. The 458 Italia earned top marks in all three categories.
Steve Fowler, Editor in Chief of Auto Express, commented: "Being a double winner of our Performance Car of the Year is a massive achievement for the 458 Italia. Nothing has come close to matching its blend of performance, agility, style and quality – this is a car that’s as thrilling to drive as it is to look at, a joy to potter around in and an absolute blast to drive fast. It’s going to take some stopping at next year's shootout."
Awards presented to the Ferrari 458 Italia include Top Gear's "Car of the Year" and "Supercar of the Year", and Fifth Gear's "Fast Car of the Year". In 2010 Auto Express, What Car? and CAR Magazine all named the 458 Italia "Performance Car of the Year". US title, Motor Trend named the 458 Italia as "2011 Best Driver's Car", Auto Motor und Sport in Germany named it "Best Sports Car" and it was also voted "World Performance Car of the Year 2011." The V8 engine found in the Ferrari 458 Italia was voted as "Best Performance Engine" and "Best Engine Above 4 Litres" in the 2011 International Engine of the Year awards.
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