Ch-Ch-Changes: 2009 Porsche 911
This year, Porsche updates the 911 with some significant engine technology. The four 2009 911 models – 911 Carrera coupe, 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S coupe, 911 Carrara S Cabriolet – get new engines with direct fuel injection and optional seven-speed double-clutch transmissions. The base Carrera gets a 3.6-liter flat-six with 345 hp. The Carrera S gets a 3.8-liter flat-six with 385 hp; those are bumps of 20 and 30 hp, respectively. And guess what? They’re all 13% more fuel-efficient. The outgoing Carrera coupe is rated at a very respectable 18/26 mpg city/highway.
The biggest news is the double-clutch transmission, which replaces the old Tiptronic. It allows for very rapid shifts and is .2 seconds faster to 60 mph than the standard six-speed manual. Top 0-60 speed for the Carrera S is a blistering 4.1 seconds with the double-clutch and optional Launch Control system.
On the outside, the 911 looks just like the last generation to most folks, and that’s the point. The front bumper actually has larger air intakes, and the side mirrors now have dual-arms. LED daytime running lights and taillights are also new. The 2009s go on sale this September. Targa and 911 Turbo models will probably be updated at a later date.
Check out more photos of the 2009 911s below.