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2009 Porsche 911

Posted: 06/15/2009 - 9:16 PM ET

The 2009 Porsche 911is an all-new version of one of the planet's most loved cars for the past 45 years. This year, the 911 offers a choice between 2 completely new engines - and both of them can blow the doors off of most other cars anywhere, including the Dodge Viper, for any price. That's not all that's new though. There's a fresh twin-clutch transmission, a new suspension system, bigger brakes, lighting enhancements and both interior and exterior redesigns.

Yes, the Carrera and the Carrera S have undergone a deep tissue massage that has worked to create the best 911 in history. This is big news for Porsche - and for every car enthusiast alive. Test drivers are stunned when they reach the conclusion of their cruises. Heads are shaking in disbelief over the fact that the 2009 911 outperforms all previous models.

The new 911s are due to arrive in North America in September of this year. The lineup will include the base model Carrera Coupe which will feature a 3.6L 345hp boxer-6 with a 6-speed manual tranny. This new transmission is called the PDK (short for Doppelkupplungsgetriebe). The base Carrera will be priced at $75,600. There will also be the base model Cabriolet and the Carrera S Coupe. Both of these street monsters will feature a 3.8L 385hp V6 and be priced at $86,200. Finally, the Carrera S Cabriolet, the top of the line 2009 911, will run you $96,800.

The new PDK transmissions have been designed by ZF and replace their generally unloved Tiptronic predecessors. They function on a 3-shaft configuration, are more compact than the Tiptronic models - and weigh 22 pounds less. Only airflow is required to maintain optimal tranny temps. There is a separate oil reservoir that is cooled by a compact heat exchanger. 2 wet clutches are utilized to control shifting - one for gears 1, 3, 5 and 7 and the other for gears 2, 4 and 6. The result is exploited rotary mass energy and the elimination of tractive forces. In other words, you reach higher gears faster. Switch to sport mode and you are presented with rev-matching color blips to optimize performance and minimize wear.

And of course, the 2009 Porsche 911 models are all lookers. Heads will turn and eyes will follow you long after you pass others by. These cars demand respect - from the subtle roar of their engines to the stunning aesthetic appeal presented. There is no mistaking the fact that the world has been granted another excellent chapter in automotive mastery from Porsche engineers. Test drive a 911 today and experience one of the best performing cars that has ever been manufactured. The thrill will be all yours!

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Posted on: May 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM
The Porsche is really good. That is supposed to be what it is all about. - Lindsay Rosenwald
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