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How much? £63,070
On sale in the UK: 5 July 2008
Engine: 3.6-litre flat six with direct injection, 345bhp @ 6500rpm, 287lb ft @ 4400rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 179mph, 0-62mph 4.9sec, 27.4mpg, 225g/km
How heavy / made of? Steel/1490kg
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 4435/1808/1310
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Porsche 911 Carrera PDK (2008) CAR review

By Chris Chilton

First Drives

13 June 2008 07:33

Same-again styling hides some great technical innovations on the facelifted, second-generation 997, Porsche 911. With a new range of direct-injection petrol engines and clever seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes, the 911 has overnight become one of the world’s cleanest high-performance cars. Once again CAR was first to drive the new 911, so read our first drive road test review here. 

So Porsche bills this as the ‘new’ 911, but since when did some new lights and different bumpers count as a ground-up redesign?

Come on, there’s far more to the second-generation 997 than that. What about the 911's new mirrors, the large air intakes and new alloy wheels? And then there’s the, er, er... Okay, you’re right. Porsche's new 911 is hardly groundbreaking. But haven’t you ever heard of inner beauty?

Go on then, woo me!

Okay. As before, the bread-and-butter range of 911s consists of two cars: the Carrera and Carrera S. The Carrera is still a 3.6, the S a 3.8 (although the actual capacities are slightly different this time), but they’ve been comprehensively re-engineered and are both emboldened with direct injection. Think muscle mixed with miserliness.

The more efficient combustion and higher compression ratios push power from 320bhp to 340bhp on the Carrera and from 350bhp to 375bhp on the S. And the base car’s torque output climbs to 287lb ft while its big brother now churns out 310lb ft of twist action. Impressive figures.

Direct injection? So the new 911s sound like diesels?

Well, they do have that distinctive direct-injection rattle at idle, but you can’t really hear it from inside the car and once underway the new engines sound almost as characterful as the old. But they need far fewer trips to the pumps. Equip the basic Carrera with the new PDK gearbox and it will return 29mpg on the combined cycle and emit just 225g/km of CO2. Those incredible figures makes it massively greener than any rival – the new 911 is even cleaner than a mainstream coupe like Audi’s TT V6.

Click 'Next' to read how the new 911 performs on the road

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medrad says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera PDK (2008) CAR review

Why porsche called it PDK? and why they gave ZF a credit to built them the transmission? They should have asked VW to do it since they have the brilliant DSG... Did porsche forget that their 911 is originally a VW beetle?!

18 November 2008 06:48



lamburne says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera coupe (2009) CAR review

why have they changed from touchtronic to paddels, well im sure ein un germans know what they are doing

16 June 2008 18:25



lamburne says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera coupe (2009) CAR review

A work of art

16 June 2008 18:21



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NaBUru38 says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera coupe (2009) CAR review

I'm proud of Porsche by daring add variable-geometry turbochargers and direct injection as well as kill manual transmissions. I just hope the next-gen Cayenne weighs 500kg less than now. "[...] you push the switch away to climb the gears, pull towards you to drop back down." There's no doubt that gears should climb by pulling the knob - I use that configuration even (i.e. only) for PC racing games. But you can that be fixed with some electronic tuning, right?

14 June 2008 03:57



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Wunderkind says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera coupe (2009) CAR review

The facelifted 911's amazing mpg comes from three things. 1) a new direct injection engine that is more fuel efficient, 2) a new double clutch gearbox that eliminates most of the rubber-band effect that haunts standard single clutch gearboxes; 3) lastly, the looooooooooooong 7th gear that helps achieve great cruising economy. The 7th gear is actually an overdrive for cruising and not a direct gear. Agree with Comment8's comment regarding Efficient Dynamics.

14 June 2008 02:31

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