2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Escape From Manhattan
April 19, 2013
I'm still not sure if it was worth it. Jacobs and I got the shot, but it cost me a safe exit from Manhattan. Traffic getting off of that island, if you hadn't heard, is a bit of a nightmare, especially if you're heading north into the 'burbs of Connecticut.
That's right. I was going north. Instead of simply heading back to L.A., I was taking a bit of a detour. My Mom's birthday fell on day 2 of the 2013 New York International Auto Show and, well, it's only a 4-hour drive...
While I'm from New England, I live in L.A. now. I'm used to traffic. I get traffic. I'm okay with it. Plus, our 911 has the PDK. Easy-peasy, right?
The only time I've seen traffic this bad in L.A. was when President Obama came to town to beg for money from rich folk and decided it was in his best interest to shut down every road going east-west for, oh, the entire length of L.A. At least one time when that happened I got to see Marine One fly over my apartment.
Getting out of Manhattan was a nightmare, but did reveal one quirk about the Porsche: When it gets hot — like, 6 hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic hot — the PDK gets grabby.
I stopped off for coffee somewhere in Connecticut and, during normal decel-downshifting, the PDK didn't slip its clutches so much as it abruptly engaged them with little/no regard for smoothness. Think a novice driver trying to work a manual. Think someone with zero mechanical sympathy. Think clunkclunkclunk.
I let the 911 cool down (there were no overheating indicators on the IP and everything seemed in order) while I refilled my energy tanks with a few cups of scalding McDonalds Joe and then hit the road again.
The brief route back to the highway showed that my patience was rewarded. Not only was I pleasantly caffeinated, but the PDK's behavior had returned to normal. Traffic had also returned to normal and from here it was a straight shot to Massachusetts' North Shore.
Okay, I may have made one quick stop.
Mike Magrath Features Editor @ 6,916 miles