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New for 2009-Porsche

New for 2009-Porsche

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008
Critical Knowledge:
  • Boxster adds a Porsche Design Edition model
  • Cayman now includes an S Sport model
  • 911 receives updated bumpers, lights and mirrors
  • 911 fitted with Porsche's double-clutch gearbox
  • All-new Cayenne Turbo S model
  • Cayenne diesel model planned for introduction
  • Cayenne V-8 models are now available with ceramic brakes
  • New Porsche Communication System for 911 and Cayenne

2009 Porsche 911:
Porsche's 911 model range receives a boost of power with direct-injection engines and a new transmission option for 2009. The 911 Carrera now boasts 345 hp, while the 911 Carrera S offers 385 hp and a top speed of nearly 190 mph, according to Porsche. The 911 is also available for the first time with Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK), Porsche's double-clutch gearbox. The 7-speed gearbox combines the smoothness and comfort of any automatic transmission with the lightning-fast shifts of a race-bred gearbox, the automaker claims. Although the new engine/transmission package is more powerful, Porsche engineers have been able to improve fuel efficiency by up to 13 percent on the 2009 model, the company says. Accompanying the drivetrains are revised exterior bumpers, lights and mirrors while the interior receives the latest-generation Porsche Communication System PCM 3.0.


2009 Porsche Boxster:
The new model year brings a boost in horsepower for Porsche's 2-seat convertible when configured as a limited Porsche Design Edition model. The mid-engine sports car receives a jump to 303 hp, recalibrated (and lowered) sport suspension, and upgraded wheels. Cosmetically, the treatment will be obvious to all as each Design Edition model will feature the identical Carrera White paint, with gray stripes running lengthwise down the body. The interior mirrors the special treatment with black leather, covered by a powered convertible top in stone gray. Limited to just 500 units, the Porsche Design Edition model comes with a special chronograph wristwatch.


2009 Porsche Cayenne:
The big news for 2009 for the Cayenne, Porsche's SUV, is the arrival of the new Turbo S model. Producing an impressive 550 hp-50 more than found under the hood of the standard Cayenne Turbo-the 5-passenger SUV will sprint to 60 mph in just under 5 seconds towards a 175-mph top speed, the company says. If blistering speed isn't your tune, Porsche offers four other Cayenne models, with both V-8 and V-6 powerplants. Also planned for release in 2009 is Porsche's first diesel engine, a 3.0-liter V-6, under the hood of a Cayenne. All 2009 Cayenne models are equipped with full-time all-wheel drive, and are fitted with the new Porsche Communication System PCM 3.0, as found in the all-new 911. For the first time, consumers who purchase V-8 engine models may choose Porsche's Ceramic Composite Brakes. EPA fuel economy ratings for 2009 range from 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (V-8 Turbo S) to 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (Cayenne V-6).


2009 Porsche Cayman:
Porsche's 2-seat Cayman adds a limited-edition S Sport model with its power bumped to 303 hp, upgraded Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) tuning, and upgraded wheels and tires. Xenon headlamps, sport seats and the Sports Chrono package are also standard on the special model. Painted in GT3 RS-like color schemes (vibrant orange, green, red, etc.), and with large model scripting running down the side of the vehicle, the Cayman S Sport will be hard to miss. The standard Cayman, and the Cayman S, will still be available should the 700 examples of the limited-edition coup_ run out.

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