2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Andrew Trahan

God, I love the smell of a new Porsche! I drove the 911 back from Detroit Metro airport, exclusively on I-94, but I still can't resist writing a few words about this glorious automobile. I've driven several 911s before, but each new experience is a memorable and reaffirming occasion. And as Phil suggests, this car is particularly fetching, with its deep red paint, gorgeous tan interior, slick six-speed manual, burbling S-spec flat six, and new-for-2010 LED front running lights.

It's probably a good thing that I didn't snag the 911 for an evening when I need to transport my baby, since there are no LATCH attachments in those vestigial back seats, and wrestling to snake the belts through the baby seat would be quite challenging in those cramped rear confines. I don't mean the 911 any disrespect, but the rear-seat affliction further cements my personal preference for the two-seat, much cheaper, mid-engine Boxster/Cayman models. Not that I'd ever turn down seat time in a 911 Carrera ...

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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