Go Faster, It Says - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Go Faster, It Says

October 29, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

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


  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Honestly officer Frans made me go faster! Ask Frans if he knows Amy from J.Clarkson's Nissan GT-R.

  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    Any really good sporting car is like that, they ask to be driven fast, especially the German and Italian ones. I used to drive a BMW that was very ordinary and kind of annoying at low (normal) speeds, but as the pace picked up it came alive, smoothed out and really became a competent and enjoyable drive. Couldn't keep it for long, its ideal zone was well into license-losing range, and it seemed pointless when less expensive machinery had a sweet spot closer to every day conditions.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    I know an all-electric four-door luxury sedan with instantaneous torque that begs to take your license.

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