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2009 Porsche 911 Carrera

2009 Porsche 911 Carrera
2009 Porsche 911 Carrera Specifications
LayoutRear Engine, RWD
Transmission6 Speed Manual
TransmissionAvailable 7-Speed Sequential Dual-clutch Manual with Launch Control
Engine TypeDirect Injection Flat-6 "Boxer" Engine
Horsepower345 hp
Displacement3.6 Liters
HeadlightsBi-Xenon with Dynamic Cornering
Daytime Running LightsLED
Brake LightsLED
0-604.3 sec
Fuel Consumption24 mpg
Top SpeedApprox. 165 mph
Drag Coefficient.29
Base Price: 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera: $75,600 Coupe, $86,200 Cabriolet

The 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera: the Quintessential Porsche Luxury Sports Car

The Porsche 911 model range, from the base Carrera all the way up to the lofty Porsche 911 GT2, never fails to excite. For the 2009 model year the base 911 Carrera models get minor styling tweaks, but the rear performance upgrades come in the engine department.

Read below for more details on the new flat-six boxer engines from Porsche. The base Carrera model gets a 3.6 liter, direct injection gasoline engine that ups the 911 Carrera's performance significantly.

While the 911 Turbo and GT2 models will still be on every gearhead's wall, the base Carreras are still the highest-selling Porsche 911 models. It is nice to see the new power bump the legendary German sports car manufacturer has given their classic, rear-engine Autobahn-storming machine.

The base Carrera model separates itself from the Porsche Cayman, which was fast approaching the 911 in terms of power and handling, by adding more power and direct injection to the boxer engine, and a retuned suspension. The result is a performance "bargain" by German luxury sports car standards.

[Source: Porsche Press Release]

New Generation 911s Combine Increased Performance with Better Fuel Efficiency

Porsche today disclosed photos and details for the next generation 911 model series. Four new 911 models go on sale in September in North America - the 911 Carrera Coupe, 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S Coupe, and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. All offer a higher level of performance thanks to their all-new flat-six engines displacing 3.6 and 3.8 liters respectively. And for the first time in a Porsche sports car, engines utilize direct fuel injection (DFI) and can be coupled with the new optional 7-speed double-clutch gearbox Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK), racing inspired technology and a Porsche first. The result of these new technologies allows Porsche to once again boost performance of the 911, yet improve fuel efficiency by up to 13 percent as measured in the European driving cycle.

Maximum output of the 911 Carrera with its 3.6-liter engine is up by 20 horsepower to 345. The 911 Carrera S with its 3.8-liter engine is equally impressive, up by 30 horsepower to 385. With this extra power, the Carrera S now offers a top speed of 188 mph.

The new generation 911 is available for the first time with the new Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK), Porsche's double-clutch gearbox. The seven speed gearbox combines the driving comfort of an automatic transmission with the gearshift capacity of a sequential gearbox used in race cars. Since Porsche's double-clutch also boasts an automatic gearshift function, it replaces the former Porsche Tiptronic S automatic transmission on both the Carrera and Carrera S. PDK improves acceleration while reducing fuel consumption over the previous generation of Tiptronic S equipped 911s through optimized and adaptive gearshifts.

Porsche developed this gearshift principle for racing no less than 25 years ago. It features two parallel clutches to eliminate any interruption in power delivery and eliminates even the slightest break between gears. Porsche factory drivers benefiting from this technology were able to accelerate faster than their competitors and keep both hands on the wheel while shifting gears, thus avoiding even the slightest distraction. This pioneering achievement from Porsche's racing efforts now gives the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S even better performance.

The Carrera equipped with PDK covers 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and the Carrera S reaches the same speed in 4.3 which is 0.2 seconds faster than with a manual six-speed gearbox. The customer in search of optimum driving dynamics even has the option to combine PDK with Porsche's optional Sport Chrono Plus including Launch Control. The result is high-speed acceleration free of wheel spin from a standstill and a racing shift pattern to further boost performance. The Carrera equipped with the Sport Chrono Plus accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds while the Carrera S sprints to 60 mph in an outstanding 4.1.

Exterior enhancements of the new 911 stand out clearly through innovations in design and technology. The refined front bumper has larger air intakes which signal an increase in power and the newly designed dual-arm exterior mirrors give a larger field of vision to the rear of the car. LED daytime driving lights and bi-xenon headlights will be standard on all new models, as well as LED tail and brake lights. This gives the 911 an even more distinctive style and a truly unique look from the front and rear. As a further option, Porsche now also offers Dynamic Cornering Lights on all models. In Porsche fashion, these new refinements do not change the drag coefficient of the 911 as it stays at a remarkable 0.29.

The latest Porsche Communication Management system, PCM 3.0, which includes a new touchscreen feature, will be standard on all new 911s. Along with this upgraded system, options such as a hard disk drive navigation system, XM radio with XM NavTraffic capability, Bluetooth® connectivity, iPOD® port, USB port, and aux jack will be available.

2009 911 U.S. pricing starts at $75,600 for the Carrera Coupe, $86,200 for the Carrera Cabriolet and the Carrera S Coupe, and the Carrera S Cabriolet is $96,800. 2009 911 Canadian pricing starts at $94,800 for the Carrera Coupe, $107,600 for the Carrera Cabriolet and the Carrera S Coupe, and the Carrera S Cabriolet is $120,400. The Canadian price increase for the 2009 911 models is 1.2 percent below the U.S. increase in response to exchange rate changes over recent months.


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