2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Worth the Wait?
December 19, 2013
I have patiently waited 359 and a half days to drive the long-term 2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, but who's counting? I wasn't a fan of the last 911 I drove, but this one was far more modern. Would it be worth the wait?
Yes, though I didn't think so initially. I took the 911 home around 5:30 p.m., which put me right in the heart of rush hour traffic. The top was down and I could smell the fumes from the other cars and from the 911's own engine. I also turned on the stop-start function to conserve fuel. I drove a mile and promptly turned it back off.
The stop-start was way too harsh for my tastes. I'm guessing other editors felt the same too, since it was in the off position when I found it. The whole car shudders when it shuts off and is about as smooth as someone manually stopping and starting the car with the key.
The next morning, however, was a completely different experience. It was a cool, yet sunny day. I put the top down, windscreen up and dialed the climate control to 80 degrees. I took the long way into work, which took me down Topanga Canyon in the San Fernando Valley, and ends up at Pacific Coast Highway.
I turned on sport mode, which made the car far more responsive than the default setting. As I cruised down Topanga, a Prius passed on my right and cut in front of me.
"I'm not going fast enough," I said to myself. But then I saw another sign that said "Share the road." And given that I wasn't in a real hurry, I did just that.
While I never really blasted through the canyons, traffic flowed enough to get a feel for the acceleration and hear the engine roar (sport mode will help with that). That was good enough for me.
There are few cars that I'd consider taking the long way to work, the 2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is one of them. It was definitely worth the wait.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 21,334 miles