2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Good for California Winters

December 13, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I'm a wuss when it comes to the cold but I come by it honestly: I'm a native Californian, and I break out sweaters when the temperature drops below 70.

We had a "cold" snap recently, which meant the morning temperature was in the mid-to-high 40s, but sunny and beautiful. For a freeway-avoiding drive from Orange County to Long Beach, I took down the top on our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, engaged the electrically powered wind deflector and cranked up the heater and seat heaters. I like how little time the cabriolet operation takes: 2 seconds for the deflector to rise.

Thanks to the windows-up position and the wind deflector, it was a deliciously cozy drive. I felt little eddies of fresh, cool air slip into the cabin. I could hear bits of conversation from bicyclists that I passed. I smelled air, sea, trees and coffee as I wended my way north on Pacific Coast Highway. Heavenly.

Now I'd be willing to try top-down driving at even lower temperatures. I noticed, however, that Porsche warns against operating the cabriolet top at temperatures below 32 degrees. I gather below-freezing temperatures play havoc with the top and its mechanisms.

If you have a convertible, how low does the temperature have to go (on a non-rainy/snowy) day before you put the top up?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 20,901 miles

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