2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

We have been blessed this week by a surfeit of wonderful, exhilarating sports cars, every one newer, fresher, more modern than this 911 Carerra. Still, a 911 (in any form) is most welcome. The tapered shape, and even the newest 911 cabin design, is instantly recognizable and comforting. Slipping into the familiar cocoon is like coming home. The perfect heft of the short-throw shifter - or in this case, the PDK manumatic - should be copied more often by other manufacturers. The PDK is so flawless that you won't mind leaving it in full automatic mode, though the aluminum thumbrest buttons are fairly instamatic and natural, too.

The shape of the steering wheel, the wrap of the seat, the boldness of the instruments, the stupendous 3.8-liter flat-six roaring into your back - it is all there, and a strong reminder why the 911 remains in the pantheon of the greatest cars of all time.

Jean Jennings, President & Editor-in-Chief

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