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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Porsche 997 Carreras

The 2009 Porsche 911 has been formally unveiled, sporting lightly -tweaked styling, and important changes under the skin. The 3.6L and 3.8L engines to be found under the engine covers of Carrera and Carrera S models are new, featuring gasoline direct injection for the first time, and bringing more power and improved fuel economy in tow. The 3.6L engine now produces 345 horsepower (a 20-horse increase), while the 3.8 in Carrera S gets a 30-horsepower boost, coming in at a very healthy 385 HP. Both engines' fuel economy and emissions output levels are improved, with the Carrera Coupe boasting a 24 mpg (US) combined-cycle figure.

Also contributing to the cars' improved performance and fuel economy is the new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that arrives for 2009. Dubbed Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK), it replaces the Tiptronic S in the Carrera and Carrera S. Visually, the 2009 Porsche 997 is freshened with bi-Xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and restyled taillamps that now use LED illumination. Also in back, you'll see that the Carreras get ovoid dual exhaust outlets, while the Carrera S cars get a pair of double-barreled tips. The cars arrive in Europe next month with a U.S. launch to follow later in this year.

[Source: Porsche]

New Porsche 911 with Direct Fuel Injection and Double-Clutch Gearbox

Stuttgart. Starting on 5 July, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is introducing the next generation of the 911 model series. The four new models – two Coupés and two Cabriolets – with classic rear-wheel drive offer an even higher standard of dynamic performance thanks to their all-new flat-six power units displacing 3.6 and, re-spectively, 3.8 litres. And the introduction for the first time of direct fuel injection on a Porsche sports car, together with the optional double-clutch gearbox Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK), makes the new 911 even more sporting and dynamic.

At the same time these new technologies enhance the already outstanding efficiency of the 911 to an even higher level than before: Featuring PDK, the Carrera Coupé offers outstanding fuel economy of 9.8 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 28.8 mpg imp. And with all new Carreras remaining significantly below the fuel consumption benchmark of 11 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 25.7 mpg imp, CO2 emissions are down by up to 15 per cent.

Maximum output of the 911 Carrera with its 3.6-litre power unit is up by 20 bhp to 345 bhp (254 kW). Output on the 911 Carrera S with its 3.8-litre power unit is equally impressive, up by 30 bhp to 385 bhp (283 kW). With this extra power, the Carrera S Coupé now offers a top speed of slightly over 300 km/h or 186 mph.

The new generation of the 911 is available for the first time with the new Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK), Porsche's double-clutch gearbox. Offering no less than seven forward gears, the new gearbox combines the driving comfort of a converter automatic transmission with the dynamic gearshift of a sequential racing gearbox. And since PDK also boasts an automatic gearshift function, it replaces the former Porsche Tiptronic S automatic transmission on both the Carrera and Carrera S. Through its optimised and adaptive gearshift programs, PDK improves the car's acceleration and reduces fuel consumption to a level even lower than before.

Porsche developed this gearshift principle featuring two clutches to shift gears without the slightest interruption of traction and pulling power and without even the slightest break in between gears no less than 25 years ago for motorsport. Porsche works drivers benefiting from this technology were able to accelerate faster than their competitors and keep both hands on the steering wheel while shifting gears, thus avoiding even the slightest distraction while shifting. The pioneering achievement from back then now gives the new 911 Carrera even better performance: Equipped with seven-speed PDK, the Carrera Coupé accelerates in 4.5 seconds from 0-100 km/h, another 0.2 seconds faster than with a manual six-speed gearbox. And the customer in search of optimum driving dynamics even has the option to combine PDK with Porsche's optional Sport Chrono Plus including Launch Control. The result is high-speed acceleration free of slip from a standstill and a racing gearshift, with the car accelerating to 100 km/h in a truly outstanding 4.3 seconds.

The new generation of the 911 stands out clearly at first sight through innovations in design both front and rear as well as new lights with LED technology. LED daytime driving lights and bi-xenon headlights now standard on all new models in the Carrera range give the silhouette of the 911 even more distinctive style and a truly unique look, interacting with new LED rear lights to ensure an unmistakable and striking appearance also at the rear. And as a further safety option, Porsche now also offers Dynamic Bending Lights on all models.

Prices start at Euro 69,600.- for the Carrera (Euro base price). The Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera S both retail at Euro 78,000.- (Euro base price), and the Carrera S Cabriolet is entering the market at Euro 88,000.- (Euro base price).

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Carrera S looks terrific in royal blue in those pics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. Void of any excessive spoilers, ducts, carbon fiber this-carbon fiber that, and so on, this car really is an iconic work of art.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where's the front fender vents? Come on Porsche, don't you know this is what the public wants?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Until it gets roughly 28mpg I'm disappointed. Make the change to MPG wars not HP wars. When cars from the 70's get the same gas mileage as current Iam bummed.

      Looks pretty though and also about damn time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If only it had the curb weight of the original. A big gripe I have with cars today is that we just make them more heavy and give them more power.

        If we could get curb weights under control the 911 would only need a 3.0 liter as came in the 70's giving us 280ish hp. It would be a much more enjoyable car to drive and return better gas mileage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...... The original had similar gas mileage. It called progress. and isnt a 911 suppose to be an extremely high performance commuter car?......
        • 6 Years Ago
        p.s. 24mpg combined might actually be near 28 mpg. I hope it gets atleast that is has no reason to not
        • 6 Years Ago
        Where the f did I imply I was wanting anything near a Prius? Quit thinking in extremes; you are all pointing out a complete lack of foresight in yourselves
        • 6 Years Ago
        The base Porsche 987 gets like 31 mpg on the highway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'll be disappointed for a long time... because once Porsche gets to 28mpg, gas will cost more and you'll be asking for 32mpg.

        Expensive cars get good performance and with that generally comes worse MPG. If a Porsche 911 had the same MPG as a Prius, it probably would be just as slow.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, its a freaking 911 not a commuter car. Buy a Prius. The 911 is supposed to be about HP. Im not saying MPG is not important but its not really relevent to this car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but the old, 1970s era 911 got 28 m.p.g. while producing about 200hp, whereas the new 911 does it with over 300 horsepower and a leather interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They still haven't changed their mind about which way is up and which way is down on the auto stick, I don't get it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice mechanicals, boring design. I understand trying to keep passed design traditions, but come on enough is enough, change the design already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dual clutch finally. Guess I should order one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche sets the standard! The GTR will be in trouble now!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche has the center selector wrong.
      Forward is supposed to be downshift.

      3 gear meshes for the double clutch? They could have done better.
      That technical graphic must be wrong, only three 3 gears on one clutch, 5 on the other.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, more than likely the germans decided against a double clutch 'shift' for 6-7 & 7-6
        So 1,3,5 on the frontmost clutch
        And R,2,4,6&7 on the other.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, there is a better graphic on Porsche's site.
        6,4,2 on the near shaft. 7,5,3,1,R on the far shaft
        1st-R same gear ratio.

        That extra gear mesh takes away some top speed, i.e. 3.6 180mph with 6 speed stick, 178mph with PDK

        That PDK really offsets the differential from the centerline of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm really looking forward to the PDK transmission. Since it will be making its way into all models, I'll have some healthy choices come a few years when it's time to upgrade (that's if, internal combustion engines are still legal by then......)

      I've driven a manual transmission for most of my automotive life, and it is the purest way to drive. However, I think this PDK transmission will be the first car that I get with an automated manual for a few reasons. One being, it will probably be one of the best versions of an automated manual on the market. Second, 7 speeds is just cool. Third, driving a manual every day (done it for years), can get a little annoying once in a while. If I can get my hands on a car that has manual-transmission-responsiveness (or better) and an option to just put it in drive and cruise, in a car that handles like a 911, or better yet, a Cayman, after my years of driving experience and paying my dues, where do I sign?

      Though Porsche is late to this dual-clutch party, it's better late than never, and not to mention, there's a reason why Porsche is slow on the take with its upgrades -- they're always top-notch in engineering and quality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've been thinking about the whole MT vs. AT thing for a while lately. I thought, "Sure, the dual-clutch autos are so good now that they are faster around the track, but sticks are just fun. Why would anyone dump it?"

        Your post helped clear it up. Porsches are often commuter cars, daily drivers (like in your instance). Yeah, in bad traffic over the years you can get tired of the manual. Have fun in your future Porsche!
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not too sure about the rear lights. Maybe those lights will change my mind when I get to see one of these babies in real life. I must say the front is absolutely gorgeous they refined it with subtle details to make it look even more luxurious than the last one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car never goes out of style....but the wheels look like older ZO6 wheels. Various colors of blue are very hot in Europe right now. I'm sure we'll see a lot of show cars in blue this year.
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