"Taut" became our word of the day as we started to test out the 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet. There is nothing loose about this car--it goes exactly where you point it and evenly distributes power when you push the accelerator. Its exterior lines are simple, with no excessively flared fenders or gaudy spoilers, maintaining the original 911 look. Our 911 model gets a lot of modifiers in this incarnation: the "4" means all-wheel-drive, the "S" marks it as a sport version, and "Cabriolet" is a fancy word for convertible.
But the 911 is more than just a racecar--it also offers cabin gadgets. Befitting its more than $100,000 price tag, the Bose stereo system produces excellent audio. On the downside, the navigation system only offers basic functionality, while the hands-free phone system is inconvenient, to say the least.