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Porsche improves the 911 breed with new engines and the brilliant new PDK auto

4 Sep 2008

ADMIRERS of the old 928: Porsche is back in the game with PDK. Much, much more than the dual-clutch gearbox you might know in Volkswagens and Audis, this self-shifting transmission has elevated the 911 to a new level of GT grand touring refinement and pace. Together with a fresh generation of engines as part of the 997 Series II facelift, PDK truly offers sports car buyers the best of both worlds. Quite a remarkable piece of engineering, it now opens the 911 doors to a new world of drivers who would never have considered one previously. Still, despite all this, the manual can still spirit you away like no other.

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THE third-generation 911 (and second with a water-cooled flat six engine) was a complete redesign, with a new body and interior, and wholly revised running gear, to keep the rear-engined rear-drive and C4 all-wheel drive two-door 2+2 seater coupe and convertible competitive. Power outputs rose significantly, to 239kW/370Nm in the ‘base’ 3.6-litre, and 261kW/400Nm for the 3.8 in the storming Carrera S models. C4 cars are around 44mm wider at the back. Gearbox choices are a six-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic automatic. Variations include the warp-speed 353kW/620Nm Turbo AWD introduced in September 2006, and manual-only rear-drive 305kW/405Nm GT3 and Targa/Targa 4 models from November 2006, with the first two continuing into 2009 as Porsche rolls out the mainstream Carrera 2, 4 and Targa cars first.

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