Porsche 997 Facelift Details leaked

Artist rendering of 2009 Porsche 997 Facelift
Artist rendering of 2009 Porsche 997 Facelift / AUTOMEDIA

Internal Porsche document distributed

We received an email this afternoon from a loyal WCF reader with a very official looking PDF file attached. In its contents were details for all of the Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4 and Targa variants of the facelifted 2009 Porsche 911 except for the GT2, GT3 and Turbo models. With a little due diligence, we soon discovered the document had already been circulating around Porsche enthusiasts forums. Nonetheless, we're happy to pass on the info.

First and foremost, Porsche has upgraded the 3.6 and 3.8-liter engines to direct injection making 345 hp (+20 hp), 390 Nm torque (+20 Nm) and 385 hp (+30 hp), 420 Nm torque (+20 Nm) respectively. All-wheel-drive models get a limited slip differential as standard and for the first time a 7-speed dual clutch transmission called Porsche Double Clutch (PDK) with flappy paddles on a new three spoke steering wheel is introduced.

The chassis gets an enhanced Porsche Stability Management (PSM) while bigger front and rear brakes disks fill the new style 18-inch standard Carrera wheels and 19-inch wheels for the Carrera S.

In the lighting department LED daytime running lights and side lights plus redesigned LED rear lamps are added, and bi-xenon headlamps become standard on 3.6-liter models.

As seen in previous spy photo stories, the exterior gets restyled front and rear bumpers, semi-integrated stainless steel exhaust tailpipes, larger exterior mirrors, and for the first time, all-wheel-drive models receive further differentiation such as a rear light-strip (red in color), black trim at base of rear bumper and titanium paint finish on front air intake surrounds and horizontal grilles. The new colour range includes:

  • Porsche Racing Green Metallic (metallic colour) replaces Forest Green Metallic
  • Aqua Blue Metallic (metallic colour) replaces Cobalt Blue Metallic
  • Nordic Gold Metallic (special colour) replaces Dark Olive Metallic
  • Cream White (special colour) replaces Slate Grey Metallic

For the interior, the center console is restyled in black finish with modified air-conditioning controls and fewer switches. Navigation data is accessed via hard drive and the TFT display screen increase in size from 5.8 to 6.5 inches as well as touchscreen functionality. Sport Chrono Package Plus in conjunction with the PDK transmission gets new functions:

  • launch control
  • race-track gearshift strategy
  • additional ‘Sport Plus’ button

Audio and communication upgrades will see voice control with whole-word input and universal audio interface for connecting external audio devices, such as Apple iPod or USB stick in center console storage compartment.

Production for the European 2009 Carrera started four days ago with point of sales starting July 5. However, North America and the rest of the world have to wait until September 20. Worldwide sales for the Carrera 4 and Targa will start October 25.

Published Apr 26th, 2008 2:10am By Brian Potter

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unknownuser unknownuser
when do you guys think Porsche will introduce the dag into the turbo and gt2?
May 11th, 2008 1:55am
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german-cars-lover german-cars-lover
Every year, you see German cars more beautiful.
May 5th, 2008 7:37am
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pt_porsche pt_porsche
Im glad there are some people in here w/ some common sense and taste.. THANK YOU!!!!
May 1st, 2008 2:30am
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jai_mav jai_mav
the fact that porsche can manage to maintain an iconic shape for so many years...and still compete with the best in terms of airflow shows the sheeer genius behind it. if something works so well, then why bother doing radical changes? this isnt some everday sedan, whcih people buy because of its style. it a porsche, and people buy it for its performance.
Apr 29th, 2008 11:27am
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coopergt coopergt
Us 911 owners appreciate not too many changes over the years. The 996 was not great as far as i am concerned, but the 993 and 997 are the best. you can drive them everyday and just enjoy a fantastic all around great car. Try it once and u will love it, once you are inside!
Apr 29th, 2008 3:29am
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unknownuser unknownuser
I own a 911. I think most people who lament the minimal change to the 911's shape don't own one. You can only ever appreciate the 911 from the driver's seat, preferably on a windy road, and you'll never wanna drive anything else. The cherry on the cake is that you can drive your 911 every day which can't be done with any other super car.
Apr 28th, 2008 3:40pm
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some_american some_american
I used to be in the same boat as all you Porsche-dislikers, but idk, sometime around a year and half ago I realised how good they looked. I think I gained this a preciation after doing some long research on the liniage of Porsche, especially the 911. They truely are fantastic cars, and I actually feel that this update may be a little to radical in the "I'm following the trends everyone else in the industry is right now" type of thing. catch my drift? well, if you don't all i can say is I guess it's a Porshe-guy thing. :/ oh, and i really wish they would get into F1; eventhough, they say it's a waste of money and stuff. They could probably mix up the series a bit; it'd be fun: Porsche F1 cars and Porsce factory drivers mixin' it up with the greats. :)
Apr 28th, 2008 11:42am
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artman101 artman101
are you sure this is not someones personal porche because i don't see anything different about this porche. the only differents is the fact that it is black black and black....yeah
Apr 28th, 2008 11:22am
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peterjames7 peterjames7
looks just like a caymen, due to the grill at the front and the fact it is a porsche means they all look the same
Apr 28th, 2008 12:06am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
by the way, the 998(new 911 model) will come ~2012, not 2015.
Apr 27th, 2008 11:07pm
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Penner Penner
Are you kidding? It's just like with women, a real beauty will never need a re-design xD
Apr 27th, 2008 10:34pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
there is no need to make a 911 look like a GT-R or any other currently hyped car. steady improvements, keeping up tradition, the concept is perfect as it is. who will speak of the GT-R in 10 years? exactly, nobody! all i can say about the 997 facelift and the 911 in general is: CLASS IS PERMANENT
Apr 27th, 2008 8:50pm
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odysseus odysseus
cool down folks! it's just a facelift with a lot of good improvements like DFI. i guess a whole new carrera will come in 2015.
Apr 27th, 2008 8:43pm
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brocky brocky
This is just a facelift. These aren't the new 911 designs so they are still the 997's. All I can say is that Porsche has kept their identity through 40 years. No other car can boast that while keeping their brand name at the top of the list of any car company in the world.
Apr 27th, 2008 7:47pm
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racsozelev racsozelev
i agree with those who start getting bored at the 911. looked beautiful until the 90´s. since then it is the same style, just putting more and more weight on, till it looks like it is going to burst out. nothing compared to the new nissan GTR, pure styling, sportive looks, adrenaline pump. that one really makes my blood flow.... and yes, the cayenne is not even boring, it is just a clumsy design. chinese copies do better...
Apr 27th, 2008 6:33pm
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uaedalord uaedalord
Anyone know how much it will cost the carrera and carrera s or the starting price.
Apr 27th, 2008 2:00pm
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
"total re-design and radical changes every 3 years means your damn car isnt selling" no one is saying that isn't true. But a car that hasn't had a major style overhaul in over 40 years is just plain lazy. Also ck314, no one is saying it doesn't perform, or that it is hard to control. We are saying that the same thing for 40 years gets boring.
Apr 27th, 2008 9:24am
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pt_porsche pt_porsche
more horsepower, touch screen navigation, mp3 and blue tooth.. led lighting front and rear, and side.. large air intakes.. larger navigation screen, paddle shifting , dual cluth transmission, and more.. NOthing changed? it's not a "re-design" its a refresh thats it.. a total re-design will be a few years from now.. Doesnt need one.. and I wasnt reffering to everyone in this forum as "dumb ass air heads" just the ones who obviously already know they are.. the same people that think the mule photos of the Porsche Panamera are what it's really going to look like.. LOL
Apr 27th, 2008 2:08am
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pt_porsche pt_porsche
"they all just look the same" You guys are dumb ass people.. do your research.. total re-design and radical changes every 3 years means your damn car isnt selling..mmmm The Carrera GT isnt radical enough for you? Its the eveolution of Porsche that makes them bad ass.. You are obviously not educated.. The turbo, c4-s, 911-S and regular 911 have many differences not to mention Porsche is one of the very few sport car companies that allows you to completely custom build and personlize your vehicle.. do your researach then post comments you air heads.. I wonder why Porsche has the highest resale valueyou in the sport car market? HMMMMMMMMM????
Apr 27th, 2008 1:19am
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alessandro alessandro
Alora! Belle e rosso come una Ferrari. Golf,... so expensive, mamma mia!
Apr 27th, 2008 12:28am
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
They took the Turbo's design and put it on the Carrera, nothing changed
Apr 26th, 2008 9:52pm
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