2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911: Unique Light Design

February 5, 2013

2013 Porsche 911

You might have noticed that all Porsche 911's look somewhat alike. Sticking to a design formula for over 50 years will do that to most people's sense of recognition.

The new 991-series 911 is way different. It's bigger, faster and has an all-new interior. Of course, none of that really helps when you spot one on the road and start thinking to yourself, "Is that a new 911? Or just one of the fourteen models that came out in 2012?"

Since eyeing the longer wheelbase isn't possible for the non-Porschephile, I just stick with the headlights. They're easy to see and simple to recognize. On the 991, the design features a prominent projector housing at the top and an overly elongated shape. The 997-series headlight was smaller with a recessed main lens.

Apart from the new design, I find the 991's lights well suited to quick driving at night. They stretch far enough that you would have to be deep into the triple digits to overrun them, and even then the beam is sufficiently wide and bright that you'll at least know what's 50 feet ahead of you.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,102 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Porsche 911 in VA is:

$210 per month*
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