By KBB.com Editors
In the world of premium sports cars few names stand as strong as the Porsche 911. The rear-engine rear-drive icon has dazzled performance driving fans around the world since it was introduced in 1964. With so much of the Porsche mystique tied to the success of the 911 it is understandable that changes to the model tend to be subtle and deliberate. The current generation 911, internally dubbed the 997, was launched in 2005 and carries on for 2009 with light exterior revisions and more extensive mechanical improvements. Available in coupe, convertible or glass-roof Targa body styles the 911 carries on as one of the most recognizable aspirational performance cars currently sold.You'll Like This Car If...
You'll like the 2009 Porsche 911 if you want an iconic sports car that goes fast, looks good and will continue to do so years into the future.You May Not Like This Car If...
You may not like the 2009 Porsche 911 if edgy design or flashy technology lights your fire. The 911's evolutionary design may strike younger buyers as stodgy compared to competitors like the technology-focused and competitively price Nissan GT-R.What's New for 2009
Changes made to the Porsche 911 for 2009 include modest exterior alterations and new LED-running lights. The biggest changes occur under the boot where heavily revised engines and a new twin-clutch transmission help the 911 keep pace with the march of advancing technology.Driving It Driving Impressions
Part of the mystique surrounding the Porsche 911 is based on its reputation as a fast car with a tendency to catch inexperienced drivers off-guard. Whatever fickleness might have been exhibited by previous generations is absent in the current 911. On the race track, the Porsche 911 is a supremely controllable car that rewards more experienced drivers without intimidating those with less experience. Handling limits are high, there is excellent stability at high speeds and the brakes deliver arrester hook-like stopping power. Acceleration is strong in both Carrera and Carrera S trims, and the optional PDK transmission actually helps deliver faster acceleration than manual equipped cars. All-wheel drive Carrera 4 models provide improved traction in slippery conditions albeit at the cost of slightly slower acceleration. Despite its on-track excellence the 911 is actually quite livable on the streets, providing a reasonably plush ride during long stints on the highway.Favorite Features
The proper name for the 911's optional twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission is Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. Simply called PDK here in America, it offers the direct feel and control of a manual but with quicker shifts than any driver could achieve. With all the best traits of an automatic and a manual transmission – without the need for a clutch pedal – we'd think twice about passing up PDK.
Touch-Screen Audio System
The Porsche 911's intuitive new touch-screen interface makes controlling the audio system or a connected MP3 player far easier than the confusing array of buttons found in previous models.