Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013

September 12, 2013
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Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013

Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013

I know all the “Porsche’s are for tools” stories. How Porsches are for jerks trying to compensate for something. I’ve heard ’em all. Here’s the thing about all that: This car drives so nicely, it’s hard to talk someone out of getting one.

The deal is this: There’s a purity to the way a Porsche 911 drives that one simply doesn’t find in other cars. It’s the light-on-its feet feeling. It’s the unique flat-six howl. It’s the perfect steering … it’s all of those things.

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Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013 rear view

The Porsche 911 Carrera S is just a terrific drive.

No two ways about it.

That steering I just mentioned: It’s so light at slow speeds but gets much better as speeds increase. A tiny bit of the old car’s purity of feel is gone, but it’s nigh on unnoticeable.

The engine’s howl is slightly more muted but, then again, there’s a button on the dash to make it louder. I personally love the PDK gearbox, but find I like it best in sport mode. As for handling, I was just impressed all weekend with how soon I could jump on the throttle coming out of a corner.

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Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013 interior

It’s bigger inside and out now, bordering on spacious. I packed two 5’11” teenagers in it, and, while nobody was singing the back seat’s praises, it was OK for the short journey we took. If you can get over the button-laden center console, you’ll see that quality levels of assembly and materials look vastly improved.

So the engine still feels great, the ride is fine, never harsh and, yeah, it’s a little bigger and softer but mostly it still feels like a Porsche 911 to me. That’s a good thing.

From the jump, I know people are going to grumble about the $144,350 as-tested price of this 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S. Yes, boys and girls, there are $47,000 worth of options on this fine automobile. Porsche offers loads of options on all of its cars, and they do so because that’s what customers shopping for cars like this want. So I’m not going to beat this car up for its as-tested price. It’s not like you can’t get a Porsche 911 Carrera S for under $100,000 because you certainly can. How many Porsche 911 Carrera S models roll out of the factory at under $100,000? Not sure, but I’m willing to guess not that many.

Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013 engine

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What continues to surprise me so much about the latest generation Porsche 911 is how well it behaves on road for daily drives. Considering that there are 20-inch, low-profile tires at all corners, it’s a really smooth and comfortable ride on the poorly conditioned surface streets around here in Michigan. There’s hardly any tire noise finding its way into the cabin, which is real nice with leather-wrapped surfaces and the optional sport seats are supportive and comfortable. The car was a delight to drive across Michigan to GingerMan Raceway in South Haven from Detroit.

I have to give major props to the Burmester audio system. It’s a pricey option, but this is a stellar-sounding system and is easily one of the best ones I’ve come across in a car.

I’ve spent plenty of time in the Porsche 911 Carrera on the street, but not on-track until this point and it didn’t disappoint. On the street, I have complained about the electric-power-steering system for lacking the feedback and feel of the previous hydraulic system, but on track it felt fine. I was getting all the info I needed and knew what the front tires were doing to easily make corrections.

Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013

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There’s so much lateral grip in the Porsche 911, which we can thank the super wide Pirelli PZero tires out back and all the years of development by Porsche to make a rear-engine car behave so well. The car was so hooked up for about nine or 10 laps where I was getting to the throttle early and the car was doing everything I asked it immediately. It was quite an experience that increased my admiration for the Porsche 911.

However, the tires do fall off fast with too much heat and get greasy, making the car a handful. Some tire’s performance gradually fall off when they get too warm, but these Pirelli’s just tanked causing the rear to step out and catching it isn’t easy. When that happens, it’s definitely time to head into the paddock for a break.

The boxer six-cylinder is magnificent with linear power delivery all the way up to redline and the sport-exhaust system sounded downright mean. If given the choice, I’m always going to choose a manual transmission for a car if it’s offered 98 percent of the time, but the ZF dual-clutch unit that Porsche uses is a heck of a gearbox. Upshifts are quick and downshifts are respectable, too. It’s a better box than the one in the Audi R8 and on par with the Nissan GTR.

As for those $8,500 carbon ceramic brakes, they were worth every penny when I was lapping GingerMan. They were there the entire day delivering strong stopping muscle and let me confidently go deeper into braking zones with firm pedal feel. A pricey option, but if you plan on tracking a lot with your Porsche 911, I highly recommend them.

So I have no complaints about the latest Porsche 911’s on-track chops. Throw in the fact that it’s real comfortable on road and it’s a true dual-threat car in my mind. Now I just need to find a reason for some track time a manual-equipped Carrera S. I’m thinking that will be even more fun.

Porsche 911 Carrera S 2013

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Base Price: $97,350

As-Tested Price: $144,350

Drivetrain: 3.8-liter H6; RWD, seven-speed dual-clutch sequential manual

Output: 400 hp @ 7,400 rpm, 325 lb-ft @ 5,600 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,120 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 19/27/22 mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: 20.1 mpg

Options: Porsche ceramic composite brakes ($8,520); 18-way power seats ($6,155); Burmester Audio package ($5,010); dual-clutch seven-speed transmission ($4,080); dynamic chassis control ($4,050); black leather interior ($3,330); sport-exhaust system ($2,950); Sport Chrono package ($2,370); sport seats ($1,870); painted air vents ($1,710); black painted wheels ($1,635); 20-inch sport techno wheels ($1,355); front and rear park assist ($990); Painted Interior package ($665); yellow racing seat-belts ($540); sport design steering wheel ($490); rear windshield wiper ($360); painted vehicle key ($335); headlamp cleaner ($295); center counsel trim painted ($290).

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