Locked out of Seven - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Locked out of Seven

November 26, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

I've been using cruise control with much more frequency lately. In most cases, it keeps me from inadvertently exceeding the speed limit, which is easy in some of the more powerful cars that roll through the Edmunds lot.

On the way home one night in our 2013 Porsche 911, I discovered a minor peculiarity.

During a break between songs on my iDevice, I noticed the revs were a bit higher than normal. A quick glance at the gauges showed that I was in sixth gear instead of seventh. Since I normally drive the 911 in manual mode, I pulled the paddle to step up a gear. Nothing happened.

I moved the gear selector over to automatic mode. Still nothing. Then I remembered how some other cars won't let you select the higher gears in sport mode. Bingo!

I switched off the Sport Plus button and the transmission instantly dropped into seventh. Back in manual mode, seventh was again available. I never really understood why manufacturers would block out the highest gear like this, but there it is. And yes, I realize that the title of this post sounds like a Bruno Mars song.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 20,180 miles


  • High gears are good for fuel sipping cruising, dropping the revs as low as possible. They are not good for aggressive driving. The engineers at Porsche expected sport plus to be engaged when you are blasting through a good curvy two lane road or on a track not cruising on I-10. Why would you drive with sport plus on all the time? Do you drive the Vette with track mode on all the time too?

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    well at first i want to be mad that it is less control but after i think about it due to having no physical lever to pull into gear and just buttons to mash i would be pissed if i was driving very fast and shifted into 7th instead of 6th and lost a lot of speed and then had to shift back down to fifth. from my understanding top gear is drag limited somewhere near redline of 6th gear on this car so 7th is just an extra gear for highway driveing.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    I have wonder if at or near top speed you can get into 7th gear or if the gear as bassrockerx said doesn't have the numeric grunt to keep the car accelerating against the air.

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