The new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S feature a pair of powerful new engines, an all-new twin-clutch automated manual transmission and even better handling. The 2009 911 Carrera and Carrera S might look like the outgoing models, looks can be deceiving. Suspension, brakes, lighting, interior and exterior styling — all were massaged for the new model year. Plus, the Stuttgart-based automaker added a pair of new powerful and economical engines, as well as an optional, twin-clutch, seven-speed automated manual transmission that’s simply spectacular. It is the best 911 yet.
Porsche offers the 2009 911 Carrera as a two-door coupe or convertible (called Cabriolet), both in base or S trim. All offer 2+2 seating with small rear seats, and the Cabriolet has a power-folding soft-top. Also offered are the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, as well as the 911 Turbo. The 911 GT3 goes on hiatus for 2009. This review covers only the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S.
Maximum output of the 911 Carrera is up by 30 horsepower to 385. With this extra power, the Carrera S now offers a top speed of 188 mph.