Pedal Goes to 11 - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Pedal Goes to 11

November 25, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

In some instances, it's better to hit the gas to avoid a collision rather than the brakes. There I was, cruising up the highway in seventh gear, when an inattentive driver alongside me started drifting out of his lane and into mine. I hit the gas to keep him from contacting the Porsche.

The pedal went all the way to the stop. Well not the stop, but a stop, as I discovered. In that split second I needed to accelerate past with more aggression. Just before I went to pull the shift paddle three times (I always drive in manual mode), I inadvertently pushed even harder on the pedal and discovered hidden level of throttle.

As Nigel Tufnel said in This is Spinal Tap, "it goes to 11."

This second stop in the pedal dropped me into third gear and the Porsche took off like a fighter jet hitting the afterburners. The sound and fury woke Mr. Inattentive Driver out of his text-fueled haze and he swerved right back into his lane.

Yet another feature I applaud in our Porsche.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 20,180 miles


  • c5thunder c5thunder Posts:

    This is a DSG equipped Porsche, right? VW does the same thing on the CC with DSG. Its basically a button at the end of the gas pedal that puts the car in the optimal gear for acceleration. Try 'pushing' it from any speed and you'll always end up in the correct gear. Now if they can only fix the DSG 'creep' at low speeds it would be the perfect transmission.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    ...But .... why not just make 10 louder?

  • mtakahashi_ mtakahashi_ Posts:

    bassrockerx: …but...this goes to 11...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    11 is good but 12 is better. Lets add a nitrous kit to this thing.

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    My '06 Range Rover has this too. It goes from Brontosaurus slow to Triceratops slightly less slow.

  • joefrompa joefrompa Posts:

    You can avoid the other vehicle faster by braking than by accelerating.... even in a Porsche.

  • craigo81 craigo81 Posts:

    The CX5 has this too.

  • My parents' 1984 Mercedes Benz 280 TE wagon had this...

  • Kinda silly, if you press the pedal to the floor you want full power DUH. I've never had a problem with the transmission being in the wrong gear in my Acura and no need for a push through. Although it is only a 5 speed auto it is rarely in the wrong gear. From what I understand Honda's shift logic also gets info from the drive by wire system and monitors not only how much throttle you want but how quickly. If you quickly press the accelerator it will drop down to the lowest possible gear before the pedal even reaches the floor. If you quickly release it the brake assist prepares for maximum braking power. If it senses a hill the slightest press on the accelerator will engage a downshift and it will hold that gear until it senses the car is no longer climbing a hill. Going down the hill releasing the pedal will cause a downshift for engine braking. And even though there is no ECO mode it still gets 30 mpgs. Honda was criticized for keeping a 5 speed in the lineup when everybody else had 6, 7 and even 8 speeds but it still works better than most.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Can anyone confirm craigo81's observation about the CX-5? We might buy one and that is interesting. Loved the transmission in that car.

  • mieden mieden Posts:

    This is called a kick-down switch. Hardly anything new or innovating edmunds. Im actually a little upset that even in manual mode, the PDK will act on its own and initiate a kick-down...

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