2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: If You Bought One, What Would You Get?

November 8, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

A sure way to burn away a solid half-hour out of your day (or more) is to fantasize about what your dream 2014 Porsche 911 would look like and then build it out on Porsche's Web site. (And if you don't need to fantasize because you already own your dream 2014 911, well, I tip my hat.)

Our introduction details how we ended up with our 2013 Carrera convertible. But I'm curious: if you could order your own 911, what would it be? Would you keep it simple or go all out on a 911 Turbo S or GT3? What options would you pick?

You can access the configurator off of Porsche's consumer site. And if you want, reply in our comments section with what you'd buy. The configurator also gives you the option to share a link that details your build.

Here's mine: www.porsche-code.com/PE53UAS6

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,315 miles


  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Been there, done that. Many times. In fact the Porsche USA Website just changed for the better this week. For me it's always a 911S Coupe with PDK, PSE and Burmester Audio. That's all you really need. I've priced out a 911 Cabriolet (non-S) with PDK, PSE and Burmester and it's close to the above. I waffle between the two often.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    http://www.porsche-code.com/PE8M83I5 All blue Turbo S Cab--I'm not paying--it's a fantasy

  • 7driver 7driver Posts:

    Ah, that brings me to my favorite game: "How High Can You Option This Car?" Winner goes to the highest ratio of total to base price. In this case, On this particular run, I got a base price of $84,300 and added enough options to bring it to a total of $171,350 (including destination) or a 2.0326 ratio. Everyone needs painted dash vents and a leather fusebox cover, right? http://www.porsche-code.com/PER4JDL6

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    Here's mine: http://www.porsche-code.com/PEQL4J12 -- It's a super minimalist Carrera coupe with the 7MT and a smattering of must-have (IMO) options. Only $90,605.

  • bayoubaer bayoubaer Posts:

    This would be more my taste. I have configured a Porsche 911 Carrera S. You can find my configuration at www.porsche-code.com/PENXCZG9

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Without hesitation, a silver GT3. Don't need or care for options, other than maybe Euro Delivery. Seats will come out for something lighter and tighter with a 4 point harness. That was easy, now onto the hard part: Will I call her Heidi or Susan... Ah decisions, decisions.

  • exnevadan_ exnevadan_ Posts:

    heart says GT3, but living in New England I'd go for all season capability since I'd have to sell both cars (and virtually everything else I own) - http://www.porsche-code.com/PERKAGF4 - dang these things are expensive

  • juddholl10 juddholl10 Posts:

    Brent you show too much restraint. Any 4S model or Turbo model with every option short of guards red seat belts.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    4s manual dark brown exterior i'm not sure on interior color i like colorful so im leaning twords blue or red but you cant go wrong with dark brown. all the go fast bits, torque vectoring, chrono, ceramic brakes, adaptive suspension, the really good sterea, the apearence package with the duck spoiler, i would delete the model designation in the rear and it would just say "911" ($300 option!) i would probably have aftermarket wheels and since i'm splurging i would get the glass roof

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    i'm still trying to get over the fact that the turbo is not offered with a manual anymore. i don't want the supercar experience i just want fun slidey awd porsche drifts. the gt3 i'm not that interested in because i would prefer the gt3-rs whenever it launches (soon?) but the S model has 400hp now so i could see myself content with the 4s. i think what we all really want is last year's gt2-rs

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    A 1997 993 for me, thanks. I don't like what the 911 has become: big and bloated

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    www.porsche-code.com/PE14PUL1 Metallic Red with as much Carbon Fiber as I could find.

  • rjg96 rjg96 Posts:

    I've wasted more time than I'd care to admit there. The 50th anniversary edition is beautiful and I love those seats, but i'd be happy with this: http://www.porsche.com/microsite/porsche-code/?c=/PE5PKPG7 Porsche's excellent 24 month lease terms on the 911 are just good enough to lull me into thinking I could actually afford one. Damn I want a 991!

  • yaymx5_ yaymx5_ Posts:

    911 Carrera, Guards red, 7-speed manual. No options, $85k. :D www.porsche-code.com/PEHK5656

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    My problem is I've never liked the looks of the 911 that much. It's cool but there are better looking cars. (R8 please). If I had to have a porsche, because I like somewhat quirky non-mainstream, it'd be a turbo panamera.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I'd be curious to see if there's a site that breakdowns every option that's available (and that's a LOT of them) with pictures and description of each one. Getting a "fully loaded" Porsche would be idiotic as it's as much as the next level up.

  • boff_ boff_ Posts:

    http://www.porsche-code.com/PE3RRX50 Carrera S. Guards red over tan leather with heated/cooled sport seats, sport suspension, sport exhaust, and Burmester audio.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Pretty simple for me- 911 GT3. http://www.porsche-code.com/PE89JYT2 If not this, I'd be getting a Cayman. I don't think any of the other 911s are "worth" their starting price (nevermind once you tack on the options). Especially as the S starts at $100K?? The GT3 is a relative bargain.

  • philosophy philosophy Posts:

    I'd get a Carrera S with a stick, all of the performance options aside from the PDCC (which is doesn't need), upgraded leather, all the body panels painted, the sportdesign wheels, sportdesign steering wheel, and Bose sound.

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