Bought my 2009 C4S Cabriolet used with 27,000 miles on the clock. This is the third Porsche I've owned and it is the best one so far. It proved to me that one should research extensively and identif...
Bought my 2009 C4S Cabriolet used with 27,000 miles on the clock. This is the third Porsche I've owned and it is the best one so far. It proved to me that one should research extensively and identify the car, or narrow range of cars, that you want and then buy the best example of that car you can find. I wanted a Porsche 911, 997.2 ('09 - '11) Convertible, S model (3.8L - 385 hp / 310 #ft), hopefully a C4S, with a manual transmission, and sport-chrono. Took awhile, but I found one and bought it a couple of months ago.
This is a remarkable car; so far beyond my 2002 996.2 cabriolet that I am amazed when I am able to unleash it on twisty roads or an open patch of interstate. The acceleration is amazing, just thrilling and the handling, like glue, the AWD system is brilliant. I love this car. It is reliable, fast, quick, responsive, comfortable, easy to drive, and reasonable to maintain.
There are myriad reasons that the 997.2 is perhaps the finest water-cooled 911 sports car ever built. I will share a few that were important to me. After this model, starting in 2012, the wheelbase was extended by 4" and the 991s act more like grand tourers than sports cars. Great cars, but I wanted a sports car and the 997.2 was the best one I could identify. Mine has the sport-chrono package, a must if you want to push the car and the stopwatch is kinda cool. The cabriolet is better with the available heated and ventilated seats.
2009 was a watershed year for 911s, but even more so for AWD 911s: first year of the new Direct Fuel Injection engines (no more RMS and IMS issues), first year with the AWD cars getting the turbo's electronic AWD system; LED driving and tail lights, satellite NAVI system (no more DVDs to buy), bluetooth, XM radio, and iPod input. I have a six-speed manual, but this was also the first year for the remarkable PDK transmission.
I have only had the car a couple of months but am looking forward to a PCA track day soon. This car is going to be a blast on the race track.
I cannot say enough good about the 2009 - 2011 Porsche 911s.