2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Porsche 911 - Road Test Specs

2009 Porsche 911 Convertible

(3.8L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2009
StyleCarrera S 2dr Coupe (3.8L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$96,800
Options on test vehicle7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), Bluetooth Interface for Mobile Phone, Bose High-End Sound Package, Cocoa (special leather), Creme White (special paint), Dynamic Cornering Lights, Floor Mats in Interior Color, Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Navigation Module for PCM, Power Seat Package, Seat Ventilation, Self-Dimming Mirrors, Sport Chrono Package Plus, Universal Audio Interface, Wheel Caps With Colored Crest, XM Radio.
As-tested MSRP$118,975


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeFlat-6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,800cc (232 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Redline (rpm)7,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)385 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)310 @ 4,400
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.91:1, II=2.29:1, III=1.65:1, IV=1.30:1, V=1.08:1, VI=0.88:1, VII=0.62:1, final drive = 3.44:1


Suspension, frontModified MacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)Variable ratio -- Not available
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, front295/30ZR19 Z
Tire size, rear295/30ZR19 Z
Wheel size19-by-8 inches front -- 19-by-11 inches rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)2.7
0-60 mph (sec.)4.2
0-75 mph (sec.)5.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.4 @ 111.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)102
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.93
Sound level @ idle (dB)NA
@ Full throttle (dB)NA
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)NA

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPDK transmission makes launching effectively relatively mindless -- even compared to other cars with launch control. It also doesn't feel abusive -- as if it was designed for this, which it was.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsUneventful. Solid pedal stop after stop after stop. Excellent confidence and no softening of pedal.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsGobs of grip raise the 911's limits far beyond what most Cabriolet drivers will ever use. Balance leans toward understeer and the 911 refuses to step out even when coaxed. Amazing.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)64.6
Wind (mph, direction)NA

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,142
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,510
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)38/62
Length (in.)174.6
Width (in.)71.2
Height (in.)51.2
Wheelbase (in.)92.5
Track, front (in.)58.5
Track, rear (in.)59.7
Turning circle (ft.)Not available
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)4.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)11.6


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion10 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionPop-up roll bar and seatbelt tensioners
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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