Choosing a 911 with a clutch is rewarding in its own right, but the transmission to have is the lightning quick, seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. It's a joy to use, executing shift after shift in milliseconds. There’s almost no turbo lag in everyday driving, and the robustness of Porsche's powertrain endures. If you're cool knowing your 911 is using boost to go faster, you’ll have no problem living with -- appreciating -- the technology of this engine.
Steering feel is just short of magically accurate, especially when compared to the numbed and overly boosted systems offered by the competition. The ride is stiff, but to call it “harsh” is to completely misunderstand the 911's mission: transmit just enough road information to be sporty, without overburdening passengers or chassis.