2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: 911 vs. Corvette Stingray

December 06, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

"Which would you rather have?" my mother asked. She wanted me to choose between two of our long-term cars: the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. I knew immediately what my answer was.

"The Corvette. No question," I said.

"Really?" she responded, surprised.

I explained that the Porsche 911 is brilliant around corners. It's precise like a sniper rifle. The flat-six engine in the Porsche makes a classy, highly tuned sound when you throw some revs at it. Words like "refined" and "balanced" come to mind when you drive the rear-engine 911 Carrera convertible.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The raw, visceral nature of a small-block V8 like the one in the Chevy Corvette leaves you with a different feeling when you drive it. Flex your big toe a couple of times while the Stingray is in neutral and you feel filthy and alive all over. Every startup is spine-tingling.

Our comparison test proved it's no slouch around corners, either, when it beat a 911 Carrera S around Streets of Willow. If it were my money and I had to choose between our two long-termers, I'd save the $28,520 and get the Vette.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

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By juddholl10
on 12/07/13
12:00 PM PST

But it's a Corvette…yuck.

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