Salt Lake City might seem like a peculiar locale in which to reveal a vehicle whose sole purpose is driving pleasure, but in retrospect the choice was a good one. The mountains to the east hide some fun (albeit marginally maintained) roads, and in this setting the 2009 Porsche 911
offered more grip and better handling than most drivers could possibly exploit. To the west of Great Salt Lake sits Miller Motorsports Park, where lap after lap the 911 Carrera proved quick, controllable and hugely entertaining; traits greatly enhanced by the patient guidance of our co-drivers, who just happen make their livings as top-tier race car drivers. Big news for 2009 includes a pair of redesigned engines that offer improved power and economy thanks to direct-injection technology. The biggest news is the truly marvelous PDK twin-clutch transmission that takes over for the outgoing Tiptronic automatic transmission and makes the standard manual transmission seem largely unnecessary. Once again Porsche appears to have succeeded in preserving the 911's heritage while managing to raise the bar in terms of technology and performance.