2013 Porsche 911: Pedal Goes to 11
November 25, 2013
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