2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Sport Chrono And Visibility

February 12, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Dashboards are heavily textured not simply to look good, but so that they don't reflect light. It's an easy way to avoid casting reflections on the inside of the windshield. They're also almost universally colored black for the same reason. Dashboards of race cars are 'flocked' to take this visibility-maximizing approach to the next level.

Now note the smooth finish of the plastic panel surrounding the Sport Chrono timer in our long-term 2013 Porsche 911. It's too smooth. I know this because I see it plain as day, stretching across nearly the entire height of the windshield on bright days. It's a minor quibble, yes. But it's one I wouldn't expect to find in a driver-oriented car like this one.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

Research Models


Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Porsche 911 in VA is:

$210 per month*
* Explanation