Wind Deflector Makes a Big Difference - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet: Wind Deflector Makes a Big Difference

June 12, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

I'm not really a convertible kind of guy. I don't like roasting in the sun, I'd rather not have the wind in my hair, and the noise on highways gets old quickly. Now, I do appreciate the top-down experience more in cooler months when I can bundle up, throw on a hat and enjoy the car at slower speeds on a scenic and/or twisty road. There is certainly a more engaging experience one enjoys. Unfortunately, my wife takes little joy at any time of the year. She doesn't tolerate the cold and I certainly understand why she might not relish having long hair constantly whipping about her face. Put together, we are not ideal candidates for a lengthy drive in a convertible.

Nevertheless, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet turns out to be an exception.

Am I roasting in the sun? Put on the butt coolers. Is she freezing in the winter? Put on the butt heaters. Is the wind fussing up our respective coiffures? Put up the windows and the ingenious power wind deflector. The latter results in a cabin with simply a light breeze cycling through. I get a little more since I'm closer to the windshield header, but I'm far from needing Mercedes' goofy Air Cap thing.

I was skeptical about our decision to get the 911 Cabriolet in favor of a traditional coupe, but now I'm actually thinking it's the one I'd get.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 13,590 miles


  • zcalvert zcalvert Posts:

    more proof that it's always risky to allow canadians out in public.

  • 330i_zhp 330i_zhp Posts:

    I'm probably the minority, but I like the looks of all cars better in fixed roof form. As far as convertibles go, the 911 is one of the more pleasant looking ones, but still not has handsome as the coupe.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    @330i, I agree that the 911 looks way better in coupe form, and looks are an important aspect of the 911 charm.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    it never dawned on me to have the top down and windows up. I always figured wide-open to the wind. but if it reduces the buffeting, you are enjoying what amounts to be a massive sunroof. sounds good. How is the noise level with and without this topless technique?

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