First Impressions - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: First Impressions

January 10, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

After my first jaunt in the new 911, I'm a bit torn. I really wanted a manual transmission, but after driving our PDK-equipped convertible I can't complain. That crazy mess of clutches and gears is magical. I've never driven an "automatic" this smart. It not only picks the right gear at the right time, it serves it up in seconds.

As far as the ride goes, it is on the stiff side. Sure, it's a sports car and all, but I just drove a Corvette ZR1 not too long ago that pulled over 1.0g on the skidpad and delivered a plush ride on the highway, too.

Speaking of Corvettes, I noticed that the shape of the seats in our 911 isn't all that different than those found in the current Corvette. Funny then, that the Porsche's seats are supremely comfortable and supportive while the Chevy's chairs are a blubbery mess. It's all in the details I guess.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 361 miles


  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Ed, does the PDK exhibit any lurch/laziness/indecision at crawling speeds (0-5 mph)? That's always been the achilles heel of DSGs.

  • gilchy gilchy Posts:

    Wonder how much of the ride comfort is those 20s, as mentioned in the previous blog entry.

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    Hey Edmunds, nice car! But remember what you are, and what you need, and that buying a Porsche doesn't help. Your website sucks. We would much rather have a better website without a Porsche. Also, many others companies have uber flashy LT tests, yet we stay at IL for a reason. Don't forget that reason. For many, we come for the Long Term Test, not for the cars. Remember that.

  • jeepsrt jeepsrt Posts:

    I love the new site! It only takes 3 clicks to see comments rather than 1 like it was on Insideline, way to make it better for consumers Edmunds.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Now that comments are back I'll comment on the Porsche in general, great move! This transition has been rough on all of us, but seeing Edmunds actually spend significant money on buying a very cool car for the fleet definitely makes me feel better at least. We're not being abandoned here. Yes, the site layout needs work, but that can and probably will happen. Just keep the feedback constructive. Look, comments are back, the link to each LT blog has a date fort he most recent update, and there really is plenty of content coming in. My bit of constructive feedback: I'd love to have a link back to the main LT test page from the comments page. Currently I can only get back to the main page for that particular vehicle from the comments page.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    "serves it up in seconds" seems quite slow for a gear change, but you mean it is really quick, correct? Los Angeles in the winter is probably the best time to have a rag top because the sun doesn't blast you quite as much.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    im looking forward to your assessment of this car will be very interesting to compare because the more "civilian" marques have really stepped up their flagships so it will be interesting to compare a flagship ford/dodge,chevy compared to an (almost) entry level lexury-sportscar.

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    i just want to be able to see the Inside-Line content as one continuous feed like you could before and i would be happy. i used to log on 1 or 2 times a day and just start at the top and go down until i left off last time.

  • Those seats sure dont look like much. Glad to hear they are comfortable in a $100,000 car.

  • bryan__t bryan__t Posts:

    Just checking to see if the comment function is actually working now.

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    Does commenting actually work now???

  • yaymx5_ yaymx5_ Posts:

    "It not only picks the right gear at the right time, it serves it up in seconds." What? Do garden-variety autotragics serve gears up in...minutes?

  • how is it possible that the last post on this brand new long term car was a week ago? In addition to the "rough around the edges" new format (where i cant see what anyone else wrote, before i post?) theres barely any new content. So let down.

  • wolff2011 wolff2011 Posts:

    I agree - how is it that you bought one of the most desirable cars in the world and you haven't posted anything new in a week? Is everyone on vacation? You guys are sucking big time.

  • shawnji shawnji Posts:

    I wonder how different the implementation of the PDK here is from VW's DSG, from what I understand they both pre-select gears in the same way. Do I need to comment so I can see other comments??

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