The 3.8-liter engine buried in the 911’s backside may “only” be a flat-6, but any doubt about its masculinity is instantly dismissed once it runs through the swept range of its tachometer. Thanks to excellent pedal placement and a willing transmission, shifts are light, quick, and very accurate. Clutch out with the right pedal to the floor and the Carrera pulls strongly and smoothly up to redline. The sound is pure Porsche mechanical synchronicity – never to be mistaken for the growl of a V8, or a turbine-smooth V12. While a front-engine vehicle sings in stereo (mechanical notes from the front, exhaust notes from the rear), the 911 is monophonic in delivery. All of its audible notes permeate the cabin from behind your spine and work their way up to your ears. The sound of the engine at redline is both enjoyable and enslaving.