2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Don't Lift

January 23, 2014

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

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


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "...a day like this..."? You mean...rain? In most of the country, rain is not considered a real hazardous road condition.

  • It is in SoCal where it hasn't rained in months. Any moisture makes the roads extremely slick as all it does is cause the oil to lift out of the road surface. A decent rain will wash that away, but we have not had that since...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    There is also the fact that because of the lack of rain in SoCal peoples average driving skill goes from bad to "Dear god everyone is trying to kill me".

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Wow comments are working again after a week! What about stability control--wouldn't that nearly prevent the situation?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    You can also thank 50 years of suspension refinement and redesign for the way the 911 handles today. Though it's hard to imagine rain being hazardous under any circumstance. The last 4 weeks or so in Michigan with the snow and black ice have caused chaos (I lost count after the 17th bass-ackwards truck in a ditch), though the last few days have seen very light traffic- maybe all the bad drivers have been weaned out.

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