2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Don't Lift
January 23, 2014
It's the first rule you hear about 911s, right? When the back end starts sliding, resist your instincts and push through it. That back end is the only thing propelling you forward. It's one thing to initiate rear-wheel drift, quite another when it's unexpected. So in the few times I drove our former 1985 Porsche 911 in the rain, I'd always remember the story of my father's friend, who long ago stuffed his late-1970s 911 into the guardrail of a freeway transition on a wet day.
Said friend was a great Porsche fan but a novice driver. You've heard slight variations on this story before. He carried too much speed into the left-hander transition ramp, felt the rear end start to slide and couldn't fight his instincts. An off-throttle steering over-correction spun the car around tail-end into the barrier.
He was OK, although his pride was shattered, standing there on the side of the freeway behind a Porsche 911 write-off. That story made me just a little more alert when driving the Black Plague. No such worries in our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera, though. I mean, I wouldn't take it full wood around that same transition on a morning like this, pictured above. This 911 can still embarrass you.
Then again, this car feels so solid, so weighted, so balanced — even in the path of an 18-wheeler's wake — that you're in more danger of embarrassing yourself on a day like this, not listening to your instincts.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor