2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The Porsche 911 has always been one of my favorite cars, and after driving the C4S, I can safely say that I haven't changed my mind. At $110,000 as tested, this is a very expensive car, but when you're behind the wheel, the pleasure you get from driving the 911 is priceless. Fire up the engine, and you can tell just from the sound that you're in a Porsche. The steering is precise, the brakes are very responsive, and the chassis tuning is just about perfect - the sport suspension in the S model, while set up for aggressive driving, isn't harsh or punishing during daily driving.

Porsche's PDK automatic transmission is among the best dual-clutch units on the market. A touch of the steering wheel buttons--push from behind for a downshift, from the front for an upshift--brings about what seems like an instantaneous gear change. I still prefer the satisfaction of shifting for myself, however, and it would shave a little more than $4000 off the price if a buyer opted for the standard six-speed manual.

Porsche has been developing the 911 for more than forty years, to the point where it is now among the best sports cars on the planet. No doubt the company still has a few tricks up its sleeve for upcoming models, but it's going to be hard to improve on what is one of the most dynamic and satisfying cars to drive on the market.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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