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Porsche convertible wins automotive beauty award


November 26, 2003

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Thursday November 27, 2003

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S convertible has been voted the "world's most beautiful open sports car" by an international jury consisting of artists, architects, art historians and designers in Italy.

The 235 kW (320 hp), all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S convertible took the award in the "Convertible, roadster and convertible coupe" category.

With a body adapted from the 4S Coup', the convertible gains dynamic emphasis from rear bumpers extended by 60 millimeters and 10 millimeters of body lowering. Its electrically folding soft top is notable for its high quality and excellent noise insulation even at top speeds and can be opened or closed at the touch of a button when traveling at up to 50 km/h.

The suspension has been specifically matched to the open body and the brake system comes from the 911 Turbo.

The jury members in 'L'Automobile pi' Bella del Mondo' (The Most Beautiful Car in the World) of 2003 examined 50 new models from 20 automobile brands and manufacturers, competing in eight different categories. Other winners included the Bentley GT, which took the special design award.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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