2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Go Faster, It Says
October 29, 2013
Have you ever driven a car that seems to have a devilish personality? One that's always whispering in your ear for you to drive faster? Well, for me, our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera is like that. And it takes a lot of mental restraint to ignore it.
It's almost like the 911 has a version of KITT (from Knight Rider), but with a German accent. I've named it FRANS.
FRANS: "The road is clear ahead. We can go faster, ja?"
Me: "Uhh, it's tempting, FRANS, I admit. But no, we need to follow the speed limit. No tickets, please."
FRANS: "I see...You know I am precision engineered to the highest standard. My Porsche Doppelkupplung can downshift in hundredths of a second. On the Autobahn I am meant to achieve 176 mph with absolute stability."
Me: "I know, I know. Sorry."
FRANS: How do you Americans say it? "You're a chicken?" David Hasselhoff is more manly than you.
Me: Look, I'm turning you off and putting on NPR's Fresh Air, OK?
In all seriousness, there is something that makes this car special. Maybe it is the stability, the glorious sound of the flat-6, or the confidence-inspiring steering. But regardless, I really do have to watch myself in this car. And that's certainly part of its appeal.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,054 miles