2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

How does Porsche do it? I don't drive 911s often, but every time I do, I'm blown away by these cars' heavenly steering, sublime dynamics, stunning quality, and fit-me-like-a-glove driving position. Driving one is not an experience, it's an occasion. 911s are that special.

After only a few miles with the telepathic PDK, it becomes apparent that Porsche used its wealth of engineering expertise to create a dual-clutch gearbox worthy of its legendary flagship. Why, then, did Porsche insist on retaining the strange +/- shift buttons on both sides of the steering wheel, rather than the much-more-common left-hand downshift paddle/right-hand up-shift paddle? After a few backward shift commands, I left the gearbox in "sport plus" mode and ignored the well-wrought +/- buttons."

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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