2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test


2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Kid Tested: Mother Approved (Redux)

October 22, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera

I've taken my mother in several of our long-term cars, but this was her first time in our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera convertible. She screamed with fear when I put my foot in to the loud pedal of our SLS AMG Roadster. She squeaked with glee (and likely a little fear, too) when I showed our Cadillac ATS some corners and she couldn't stop staring at the Tesla Model S when we took it out to get frozen yogurt.

But I've never seen my mother as happy in a car, as when I put the 911's top down, turned up volume on the new Avicii single and drove her home from brunch.

Mom drives a 1990 Oldsmobile Delta 88 so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to give her a ride in this modern sports car with its fancy handling prowess. The Porsche was planted, smooth and even my 6-foot-tall older brother fit (sort of) in the backseat. When I took a tight right-hander on the way home, and decided to do so at Porsche-capable speed, she was wide-eyed at first but subsequently amazed by the stability and confidence the car had. I have no doubt that she'd happily take one as a birthday present, and she'd probably like it in red.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

Comments

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I'd say it's a great daily driver. How did you pry the 911 away from Donna Derosa?

  • dderosa dderosa Posts:

    Uh oh, if even the readers noticed...

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    To me Porsches seem to be a paradox. They are well engineered and seem to be designed to be daily drivers... until you need to fix something and then you'll be getting a loan to pay for it. I'd love to see some average numbers of repair and maintenance costs for a daily driver up to 200k miles.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    dude you are committed now, she's reading this.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    More importantly, why is a professional car guy letting his mom drive around in 23 year-old death trap? Pretty much any 10 year-old car is going to be way safer than that pos Olds.

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