2013 Porsche 911: Commendable Handling
February 27, 2013
I might be a Porsche guy. I never thought I would be, but between our 2013 911 and our departed 1985 911, I think I'm headed that way.
I drove the new 911 Cabriolet out to my super secret test facility and I was thoroughly impressed. Overall, the car is balanced and it tracks through the curves with precision. As you'd expect, you can lift off the throttle slightly and get the rear end to rotate ever so slightly through turns. I left all of the electronic nannies on, but was still able to hold just a hint of oversteer when I desired it.
The release from adhesion is progressive and predictable. On the few occasions I tempted the traction and stability control to intervene, they did so without cutting the throttle and killing the fun. As much as I love our SLS AMG, this Porsche is way more fun to take into the canyons. This is primarily because it doesn't feel like the 911 is trying to kill me with every turn.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 2,050 miles