Easy To Use Electronics Interface - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Easy To Use Electronics Interface

November 14, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

When you buy a Porsche, you're expecting to get a boat-load of superlatives regarding performance. But would you expect the same regarding the interior controls? Probably not. Yet I'm actually quite impressed with our 2013 Porsche 911's electronic interface.

Porsche calls the collection of buttons, knobs and a touchscreen its "Porsche Communication System," or PCM. While it lacks a central input controller like BMW's iDrive or Mercedes' COMAND, PCM's 7-inch touchscreen does give the system a level of redundancy that I find useful.

Other positives of the system include clearly labeled buttons, quick and accurate responses to your touch, easy navigation use, the additional helper screen in the gauge cluster and generally intuitive menus. I think it's unlikely that you'll have to use the owner's manual to operate the system.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


  • Looking for all the "that's too many buttons" comments. Honda was beat up for years over the amount of buttons they had on the IP. I don't have a problem with the buttons. I like buttons, they make things easier. If I want to raise the temp, press button, change from iPod to radio, press a button. I don't have to look at anything because I can feel that the button has engaged. Credit to Porsche for sticking with the buttons and not the Command, iDrive, MMI knob thing like the rest of the Germans. Want to turn on recirculate because you're behind a smoking car press the recirc button. Not turn knob to climate menu, press knob, scroll to recirc, press knob. Not even going to get started about the new touch sensitive systems.

  • mcloffs_ mcloffs_ Posts:

    The M stands for Management, not System.

  • karbuff karbuff Posts:

    Way to rock the Morrisey on XM First Wave.

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