Cars.com experts walk you through the 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and its important new features.
2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review Cars.com auto review I am Kelsey Mays for cars.com. This is the updated 2009 Porsche 911. It doesn’t look all that different from the 2008 Porsche 911 which you would have a hard time telling apart from the prior generation if it drove passed you really quick. You get the idea. If you're buying a 911 you're doing it more for go than show and why not? This car comes in more than a dozen possible variations and its pretty sublime driving in a race track. Unfortunately, we’re in Chicago and New York race track is well it’s pretty far. But that gives us an opportunity to take a closer look at how this car does day in a day out as sort of your daily commuter, check it out. Our test car is a 911 Carrera 4S that means it’s got a 3.8 liter 6-cylinder engine instead of the 3.6 liter engine in other 911’s. One thing you’ll notice as soon as you get in is that, this engine sounds actually exotic. I mean you compare it to engines in the cars like the BMW 6 series, the jaguar XK. Those cars certainly come off as having burly sounding V8’s. They don’t come out as having sort of the exotic sound engines definitely something that set’s this car apart. Also acceleration, obviously its superb thruster’s power anywhere along the tach range. Very good, the steering is hydraulic. It’s not an electric set up like the electric power steering use elsewhere. I mean the steering is a little bit heavier to turn, a little bit more cranky at low speeds and not as easy to drive but in return for that. You get very, very precise steering, very easy to rotate this car kind of on its axis as you driving around. Porsche now has an optional seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It’s called PDK which stands for Porsche Doppelkupplung - , Porsche Doppel, PDK. Anyway, exceptionally smooth for a twin clutch transmission. Actually, in drive the up shifts come pretty well and it can down shift two, three gears at a time. Like any split which is usually why you get a twin clutch transmission in this car than various others. Ride quality, not something I'm crazy about. You’ll definitely notice this is a firmer car than the 6 series, the XK, the Mercedes SL. So at the end of the day, some of those other cars might have one interior room a better ride, comfort. But nothing them really kind of perform near the 911’s thresholds, keep that in mind if your car shopping. This car definitely has potential as a weekend toy. Now if you're using it Monday to Friday as you're commuter car, we’ll put it this way. The 6 series, the XK those are kind of like vanilla soy lattes. The 911 is black coffee. For more car related news go to cars.com, or our blog kickingtires.net.