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2009 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S

Direct Injection and Dual-Clutch Transmission
The next all-new Porsche 911 is still being prepared (998), but this fall we get a mid-term update. Porsche’s released the first photos, which show us a look that hasn’t changed much stretched over updated powertrains and modern infotainment.


While European sales begin in July 2008, we in North America have to wait until September. After siblings Volkswagen and Audi began using both technologies, Porsche starts using direct-injection engines and a dual-clutch automated manual (with seven speeds, and finally replacing the selectable but automatic Tiptronic) for its iconic sports car. These powertrain updates should have any enthusiast itching for a go.

The new engines, like others using direct-injection technology, get more power and better fuel economy. Though final fuel economy numbers weren’t released, power from the 3.6L flat six is up to 345HP. The 3.8L’s boost gives it 385HP. Launch models are the Carrera 2 and Carrera 2S coupe and convertibles.


Exterior updates are very minor, but enable the 911 to retain is 0.29 cD. There is a revised front bumper (larger air intakes) and new dual-arm mirrors. Lighting systems are updated with LED daytime running lights, taillights, and brake lights, optional adaptive headlights, and standard bi-xenon headlights.

Porsche Communication Management 3.0 is here as well. PCM 3.0 doesn’t go so far as to take the 911 ahead of the curve, but it does bring a hard-drive navigation system, XM radio with XM NavTraffic capability, Bluetooth connectivity, and iPod, USB, and aux jack. And a car like this should be more about driving than mapping, anyway.


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