2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Andrew Trahan

This rear-wheel-drive 911 definitely has more character than the PDK-equipped 4S we sampled a few weeks ago. Take away the computer controlled clutches and differential, and it suddenly becomes much easier to appreciate the 911 for what it is: a painstakingly updated classic car. The tan leather interior on this Carrera S oozes with old world charm, and the ruby red metallic paint draws stares without seeming like it's trying to draw stares. Yes, this is a car I would not mind being seen in all the time.

What I love most about the 911 though, is the obvious level of attention and thought that has been lavished on every driver input. The shifter is shaped and weighted such that gear changes require only a slight rolling of the wrist.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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