2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test


2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: How Are The Bolsters Holding Up?

December 23, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Getting comfortable in our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet takes no time at all. Last spring I drove the car from Los Angeles to New York, so I know exactly how I like the seat.

Many miles have gone by since then, but the Porsche's interior looks the same with one exception. The leather lateral bolsters on the seat-back cushion are showing some wear. And oddly the outboard bolster on the passenger-side seat is significantly more worn than the one on the driver seat. In fact, I think a little leather conditioner would eradicate most signs of wear on the driver-seat bolster.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

I don't know how to explain this. It's the opposite of how our two-seat long-termers usually wear. The only thing I can think of is that the driver of this 911 (and any 911) knows he's in a position of privilege (because he gets to drive a 911) and takes more care when getting into the car.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 21,585 miles

Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    You used two identical photos. Looks like someone with lots of hardware or those key-hanger thingies works there.

  • 09gt_ 09gt_ Posts:

    Maybe the bolster is rubbing against that hard-appearing piece of plastic (side torso airbag cover?). I'm not sure why Porsche would cheap-out a bit on this aspect of the seat. I can see it on a car like the Ford Fusion (maybe it helps insurance rates - easy airbag replacement?), but I would think in a $100K+ car this is not an issue.

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