2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S Car Review Video

Join us as we test the 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S at Miller Motorsport Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are only slight design modifications for 2009, with the major changes occurring behind the scenes with the new dual clutch system, PDK, that replaced the old Tiptronic transmission. The performance of the 911 has improved, getting 30 more horsepower from the same 3.8 L direct injection engine. With the 385 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm, the Carrera S still managed to get an increase of two mpg, now getting 19 mpg in city and 27 on mpg highway.

For more commentary about the new 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S, please visit the Porsche 911 Forum.

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Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.


  1. love the sound of the 911’s engine, it sure gives me a good feel of riding it… and it looks like the performance looks good. ~noroadzone

  2. Awesome. It looks like Porsche is back on track with the mpg vs performance ratio. Definitely in the top 5 for my next vehicle choice.
    Great Review!

  3. If you are upgrading to a 2009 Carrera S from an old 997S, know that they have made the former tight,lowered suspension an option. The new S has been softened to accomodate those that did not like the stiffer ride of the old S. The problem I found is that the new S understeers and feels unstable in quick, hard turns. After driving the one with the P17 suspension package, however, all is well.

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