5/29/08

Porsche 911 Update For 2009

Shall we freshen up a bit?

Porsche is doing just that with its stalwart 911 sports car model range.

The exterior gets the usual minor updates, with curvier tail lights and front bumper treatments. The interior also is reportedly being revised, with changes to the center console. The sum total of these tweaks are only subtle improvements that only the most diehard Porschephile will notice.

And now a note from the good stuff department…

Two items regarding this mid-cycle update have us smiling. The first regards the engine. Both the 3.6 and 3.8 liter flat 6 boxer engines will receive direct fuel injection. The results: more power, more torque, better fuel economy and cleaner emissions. Add 20 horsepower to the 3.6 for a 345 total and the 3.8 goes to 385, all with a 10 – 15% fuel savings.

Part two of the smiles brings us to the “fun with acronyms” zone…

PDK

Porsche Doppel Kupplungen

This would be their long awaited version of an F1 style dual-clutch gearbox, which many manufacturers are coming out with these days. We expect lightning quick shifts and better overall performance with this transmission. Old school purists, however, may miss the foot-operated clutch pedal.

The Connoisseur looks forward to sampling these updates – very welcome changes indeed..!

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