Freedom to Have Fun - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Freedom to Have Fun

August 23, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Despite the support from the commenters here (thanks!) I still felt like a bit of a weenie for not taking the Tesla up to Monterey for the big Pebble Beach Weekend.

So, instead of doing something difficult, I hopped in our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, which I know has 500 miles of range, and had some fun.

Instead of skipping from Supercharger to Supercharger going straight up the 101, I got together with some guys I met () on the internet and headed for PCH, Mulholland and the spectacular Highway 33 just outside of Ventura.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Instead of a slow, steady slog up a highway I've driven a billion times, we took a handful of the best convertibles available today and ran them through the hills. Overall distance was down from the direct route, only 384 miles instead of the 391 required by the original route, but the time commitment was much higher at 7 hours and 39 minutes.

We made up some time on the twisty bits where the 911 more than held its own against a Jaguar F-Type V8 (truth be told, the Boxster S was much harder to get away from than the Jag by a long shot) and did so while returning something like 20 mpg.

Best chickening out ever? I think so.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 15,258 miles


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