2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: You Just Have To Drive It
May 23, 2013
For a car that's has so much history behind it, it's inevitable that car enthusiasts are going to have preconceived notions about the Porsche 911. From some of the comments we've read or heard, it seems our long-term 911 is seen as a "lesser" car by a few people.
It's the base model, not the high-output S, they say. It has the automated PDK transmission, not a traditional manual. It's a convertible. It's got the big, flashy 20-inch wheels.
This is the 911 you assume smarmy Hollywood agents buy simply because it's a "Porsch."
Maybe those agents do just that. But if you were to drive our 911, you'd realize that it still has more pure sports car genes in it than just about any other competitor.
The 3.4-liter flat-6 engine is just sweet. The first time I got on the throttle and heard that snarling, raspy exhaust note singing up to redline, I unexpectedly chortled in a half laugh, half "Oh my god, this is so cool!" sort of way. Growling V8s are a dime a dozen. This one's unique. And yeah, even in base form, she's fast enough for you, old man.
PDK: Jay Kavanagh wrote that it's brilliant. I'd agree. He also said he'd still get the manual. Personally, I think PDK is so good that I wouldn't miss the manual.
Convertible: The body structure is so stiff you'd never know it's a convertible until you looked up to see what's over your head.
Wheels: Now that we've sorted out the tire pressure issue, our 911 rides a lot better. Meanwhile, it's still got great steering feel, proper weighting and loads of handling grip. It's still a car that's an absolute blast to drive.
In total: so our car's not a GT3 or Turbo. But it's still very much a 911.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,721 miles