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2009 Porsche 911

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2009 Porsche 911 Review

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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 the 911
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.

PDK Transmission
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.

2009 Porsche 911 Details
2009 Porsche 911 photo Interior

Interior appointments are acceptably luxurious given the 911's premium status with an overall cabin design carried over unchanged from the previous model year. The most notable interior updates include optional ventilated seats and a revised audio system with a simpler design and intuitive new touch-screen interface. The latest generation continues the 911's tradition of including four seats but only enough room to comfortably accommodate two passengers. The modest rear seats are best used to hold whatever luggage doesn't fit in the decent sized front trunk.

Exterior
2009 Porsche 911 photo

From its round headlights and inset hood to its long sloping roofline and pronounced rear fenders few cars possess as distinct a shape as the Porsche 911. To help retain the 911's timeless design changes from generation to generation tend to be subtle, with mid-cycle refreshes like those made for the '09 model often noticed by only the most dedicated Porschephiles. New details for 2009 include Bi-Xenon headlights, LED running lights, LED tail lights and larger front air intakes. Buyers can still choose between coupe, cabriolet and Targa body styles, the latter of which features an expansive retractable glass sunroof.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Among the Porsche 911's standard features are Bi-Xenon headlights with washers, 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, automatic climate control, cruise control, power accessories, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a nine-speaker audio system with 6.5-inch touch screen display. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability and traction controls, a tire pressure monitoring system and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

There are numerous options available to outfit the standard 2009 Porsche 911 including rear parking sensors, auto dimming mirrors, heated seats, ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, sport seats and an audio interface with auxiliary and USB inputs. Adding to the already impressive performance of the 911 are an optional limited-slip differential, PDK twin-clutch transmission, active suspension management, and an extremely pricey $8,840 ceramic composite brake system. Buyers looking to enhance the look of their car can choose from a host of wheel designs, exterior paint colors and interior leather and trim options.

Under the Hood

For 2009, the engines in the 911 Carrera and Carrera S have been redesigned increasing horsepower by 20 and 30 respectively. Both models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission or Porsche's optional PDK twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission. Zero to sixty acceleration times vary from 4.7 seconds in a manual transmission equipped Carrera to 4.3 seconds in the Carrera S with the PDK. Rear wheel drive is standard for the Porsche 911 while all-wheel drive is included on Carrera 4 and Targa models.

3.6-liter Horizontally Opposed-6
345 horsepower at 6500 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 manual, 19/27 PDK

3.8-liter Horizontally Opposed-6
385 horsepower at 6500 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 manual, 19/26 PDK

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2009 Porsche 911 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 46 Ratings for the 2009 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Great everyday car for sports car lovers.

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Beautiful, precise, fun, good value."

Cons: "Newer models bigger than older ones."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Although most people think of their Porsches as fair weather vehicles and keep them in the garage except to drive on sunny days with dry pavement, my 2011 Carrera Coupe has been my winter car since new. With winter tires, a transport system and Thule carrier on top, it has been used for many ski weekends as well as a daily driver for the past four winters. The Porsche's precise and predictable handling make it ideal for driving on slick and snow covered roads. Having heated seats and especially having the heated steering wheel combined with the there level climate control system ensure a comfortable environment in inclement weather. Plus, it turns more heads in the winter than in the summer. Make no mistake, the Porsche coupe gets used in the summer with performance tires, of course but usually on rainy days as I like to drive my 20 year old convertible on sunny days. In the summer, the 911 lives up to all expectations and then some. My advice is that you drive your Porsche all year around and enjoy it to its fullest potential."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Use it every day, winter and summer; great car.

By on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent car for those who love to drive."

Cons: "Expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My 911 4S during a ski trip up-state NY.

"I've owned this car for quite a few years now, I've been driving it pretty much every day. I use the car for pretty much everything: -cross country trips (e.g.: from California all the way up to Montreal Canada; from New York to Vancouver Canada; ...) -regular ski trips in Vermont and Canada (I have winter studded tires and a ski rack on the car) -trips up to Northern Canada (where many companies do winter vehicle testing); the car is out in the cold for a couple of weeks (no garage) in -40 temps -trips to Las Vegas ... during the hottest heath waves going through death valley ... -simple local shopping trips -commuting to work on a daily basis -drive my young nieces to activities ... -and lots more ... The car is great, I won't go in the details of how good it is. This car is truly one of my best purchases (I'm a 911 fan since a young age so getting into these cars early in life was important for me). As someone who puts these cars through their paces on the track, the road, in the mountains (summer and winter) and much more ... I want to point out the things I find ... important to know BEFORE you get yourself into one of these cars: -there is a distinct smell of oil in and around the car when you push it ever slightly (I love that smell; not my so for my dear-half) -the car is known to go through oil so make sure you have some extra handy and do check regularly -the car is lower than most vehicles so if you're end up driving in bad weather winter conditions (I easily do 12hr road trips during winter, regardless of the weather) know that you will get a lot of snow, slush, muck ... all over your windshield very often (on coming traffic or when passing rigs). You need to OK with the fact that you may not see anything for a second or two ... or three. -the rear spoiler raises automatically at a certain speed ... if it happens to be frozen down/shut you will hear it trying to raise and it sure doesn't sound good. In harsh winter conditions you should probably drive AND PARK the car with the spoiler up/out. -the wide tires can make this car surprise you in heavy rains (or snowfalls); if you're not the type to review and change your tires regularly you'll need to be extra careful in those conditions -the extra wide rear body (I have the 4S) easily gets scratched and damaged on the road (flying small debris like rocks tend to hit there) -the extra wide rear tires are awesome at catching nails and sharp things left on the road ... especially in/near construction sites; be ready to deal with flat tires -the /non-sport/ settings are not really meant for those who want a nice and soft ride. The car is a sports car ... it will easily shove you around (acceleration, turning, breaking or bumps on the road). You'll need to practice and be very accurate with the pedals (I have a manual transmission) and steering if you want the car to be smooth. -the 2 seats in the back are great for kids and smaller folks. I'm short so most normal folks can sit behind me when I'm driving but they obviously won't be as comfortable as sitting up-front Again, I think the car is great. The only reason I wouldn't be buying another one is because I'd be making the current one last beyond it's +120K miles."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

My 911 4S during a ski trip up-state NY.

A masterpiece of Teutonic design & engineering

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Pricey, worth every $ IF you love sports cars"

Cons: "There is nothing I would change"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Fast, even when standing still

"The Carrera 911 S (997.2), is a masterfully designed and constructed sports car. It's esthetics are exceeded only by its impeccable manufacturing quality, attention to detail, handling and performance. If you are a true lover of cars and a student of the automobile, then you cannot help but hold this vehicle in highest regard. As a street car and sunday track car, it benefits from the multiple technology developments born from its enviable and impressive racing heritage. Owning the Porsche 911, however, should not be about possessing a costly prize, it should be about the pure joy of participating in the feloowship of the automobile and Porsche lovers everywhere."

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Fast, even when standing still

Toughest, fastest, safest car I've ever owned!

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Puts a smile on my face every time I crank it up!"

Cons: "Cup holders are puny, but who's drinking? Drive it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

A day at the Porsche Club's Autocross Course

"I bought my 2011 Carrera GTS new. I began to track it in 2012. I'm convinced there isn't another car on the market which would withstand the racecar type driving this car has, with no costs other than brakes and tires. All stock, the alcantara sport seats and wheel, the center hub knock off RS Spyder wheels, and the fire extinguisher bolted to the driver's seat make a regular guy like me think he's driving a real racecar. The three personalities of the car are cruiser (normal mode), spirited driver around town and on country roads (sport mode), and track mode (sport plus) where every gear must go to redline, and the shifts are less than 100 milliseconds. I also call these modes Burble, Blastoff, and Banshee."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

A day at the Porsche Club's Autocross Course

Everything I thought it would be.

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Expensive -- but worth it."

Cons: "No cons -- wife thinks it's too low. Wrong!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Excellent auto -- only thing I added is a rear view camera which was installed by my mechanic. In 100,000 miles only problem was a snapped transmission shifter cable. It was replaced in a day."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best car on the road

By on Sunday, March 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great looking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my third 911, and this one is absolutely the best. I commute every day in this car and it is great at high speeds and even at lower speeds during my commute. I am totally spoiled driving this car and can't imagine driving any car other than a 911."

15 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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