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Porsche 911 is transformed with a slick, new auto transmission, but at a price

16 Jan 2009

PORSCHE has just widened the appeal of the iconic 911 Carrera with a brilliant new automatic transmission that is the centerpiece of a mid-life upgrade for the 997 model. All new Carrera models, including the cabrio version we test here, have been given a performance upgrade thanks to direct fuel injection and are also now available with the new dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Called PDK, the transmission changes gears in a fraction of a second and is far superior to the previous Tiptronic system which was a regular torque converter type automatic. Porsche has also made some minor styling upgrades including new front and rear lights as well as mild bumper changes.
Model release date: 1 October 2008 to 1 January 2012

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Porsche 997-series 911

Released: Oct 2004
Ended: Sept 2008
Family Tree: 911

LAUNCHED in October 2004, the 997 continued the evolution of the iconic 911. It arrived on the scene seven years after the 996 with new levels of performance, comfort and agility. Owners now had the extra choice of a 3.8-litre Carrera S engine or the standard, but still potent 3.6-litre unit. The styling was not all that different to the previous model, in keeping with the slowly-but-surely design direction of the super sportscar.

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