2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Kid Tested: Mother Approved (Redux)
October 22, 2013
I've taken my mother in several of our long-term cars, but this was her first time in our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera convertible. She screamed with fear when I put my foot in to the loud pedal of our SLS AMG Roadster. She squeaked with glee (and likely a little fear, too) when I showed our Cadillac ATS some corners and she couldn't stop staring at the Tesla Model S when we took it out to get frozen yogurt.
But I've never seen my mother as happy in a car, as when I put the 911's top down, turned up volume on the new Avicii single and drove her home from brunch.
Mom drives a 1990 Oldsmobile Delta 88 so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to give her a ride in this modern sports car with its fancy handling prowess. The Porsche was planted, smooth and even my 6-foot-tall older brother fit (sort of) in the backseat. When I took a tight right-hander on the way home, and decided to do so at Porsche-capable speed, she was wide-eyed at first but subsequently amazed by the stability and confidence the car had. I have no doubt that she'd happily take one as a birthday present, and she'd probably like it in red.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor